Creating a Linocut Series or Collection

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I was asked a little while ago about my the ‘series’ or ‘collections’ of works that I like to create, which got me thinking more about why I like working this way. My main motivation at face value was pretty simple – I like to create several smaller works that can be hung or presented together so they can be seen individually or as part of a larger multi-work artwork but I think there is perhaps a little more to it than that simple explanation.

When I was beginning my exploration of the linocut/relief printing medium for my artwork I was very conscious of what I see as the strong influence of Margaret Preston in the medium of linocut/woodcut & wildflowers. She created a vision for linocuts & wildflowers which has had a profound impact & influence on many artists working in the medium of linocuts. Many linocut artists have continued to work within the influence of still-life or wildflowers in vases but I made a conscious choice to not take this path. So I deliberately put away any images I had of Margaret Preston’s work, and in fact any images of other linocut artists particularly those who used Wildflowers as their subject matter. I wanted to explore & develop my own vision. I have a deep love of wildflowers in particular & they are my passion within my artwork. I love to explore not only the endless variety of Australian flora but also explore different ways two represent them within my artwork.

I have always worked hard at my drawing skills which underpins my linocuts, and I made a deliberate decision to study drawing alongside watercolours with some traditional water colourists.

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I spent a few years attending workshops including with the wonderful artist & teacher Tom Offord. He was a regular tutor at the Grafton Artsfest & I attended several of his workshops, alongside other tutors – Jenny Macnaughton (watercolours), Jocelyn Maughan (drawing), Robin Norling (drawing) & Gillian Scott (botanical art). I wanted to develop & refine not just my own vision as an artist but also my skills base particularly in drawing & working with watercolours. It is interesting that watercolours was never taught at my art college back on the 1980’s & was frowned upon as ‘too traditional’ which is a great shame. I have however used the skills I gained with watercolour classes & workshops within the handpainting of my linocuts and within my drawing/illustration work.

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I find I like to at times set myself a challenge within my arts practice – to work within a particular ‘frame’ or design/layout for a particular work or set/collection of works. I often explore what I think of as ‘windows’ – windows both of design & vision for exploring & representing wildflowers in particular. So I create these ‘frames’ and then set a challenge to explore how I can capture some essential essence of the wildflower (or wildlife) within that frame for window.

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I push the parameters of the actual frames so that the wildflower is both contained & breaks out of the ‘frames, you can see above. An example of pushing the image beyond the frames can be seen in these two rainforest images of a Golden Penda and Firewheel Tree.

Australian Wildflower Rainforest - Golden Penda-Firewheel

I also use ‘series’ of prints to create images for my wildflowers cards.

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In some of my new work which I hope to move into in 2014, I am pushing some of the limits of these frames & my passion for wildflowers into new areas of visual exploration.

Gymea Lily Wildflowers – A new Linocut

The Gymea Lily is an iconic Sydney wildflower and was a favourite of mine when I roamed around the bushland of Loftus growing up. The tall flower spike with the deep pinkish/red flower spike was a like a beacon and provided a great reference point when exploring. The flower spike is now used by florists and is a dramatic addition to large spectacular arrangements.

Now that I live in Northern NSW a common sight is the ‘sister’ to the Gymea Lily – Doryanthes excelsa – it is the Spear Lily – Doryanthes palmeriwhich I grow in my garden.

The Gymea Lily is on the left & the Spear Lily on the right.

Gymea Lily & spear Lily

I have used the tall spectacular Gymea Lily flowers spike as the central focus of this work and added wildlfowers from around Australia.

Included are – the NSW Waratah, Flannel Flowers & Wax Flowers,  the Western Australian emblem – Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Firewood Banksia, Geraldton Wax, the Hybrid Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ and the Australian Floral Emblem – Golden Wattle – Acacia pycnantha.

Gymea Lily Wildflowers

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This design has been in the making since 2009!! I had started it & then got sidetracked with a busy schedule with family and it was something that I had always wanted to complete.

I have a number of projects that have been long term like this one which I am slowly working through & finalising alongside plenty of more new ideas!

Some of the ‘old but new’ work I will be working through in the next couple of months including some more contemporary work which is lovely to be developing finally!

This work will be part of my February exhibition at the Northern Rivers community Gallery in Ballina.

Exhibition 12 February – 9 March 2014 @ Northern Rivers Community Gallery

I have an exhibition opening in Gallery 1 of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery on 12th Feb until 9th March.

It includes some returning Lino-prints from my December exhibition alongside some new works of birds & Gymea Lily Wildflowers.

The Launch Event is from 5pm to 7pm on Friday 14 February 2014.
Following the exhibition launch the Gallery Café will be open with a special menu for
Valentine’s Day. Bookings are from 6.30pm.

For information contact the Gallery Café on
telephone 6681 3888.

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The main exhibitors for February are:

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Snapshots – Birds – New linocuts for 2014

I have just finished this set of 8 new linocuts – Snapshots Birds – my first for 2014! So things are off to a flying start – excuse the pun!

They are a series of small linocuts of birds based around some of my ‘snapshots’ or photographs of birds. I love taking photos, as you will know from this blog but I am not a very technical photographer & use the photos as resource material for my drawings and linocuts. So here is a little insight where I have taken my ‘snapshots’ of birds and developed them into drawings and then finally handpainted linocuts.

These will be available at my website and will be part of my return exhibition in Gallery 1 of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina in February/March 2014.

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The process of developing my

Australian Wildflower & Wildlife Alphabets

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Waratah Triptich

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