Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists curated by Rona Green

Earlier in the year I was invited by Rona Green to participate in this exhibition. You may have followed the progress of my linocut on Instagram and here.

Opening celebration 2pm-4pm Saturday 2 December 2017 at Neospace, 7 Campbell Street, Collingwood VIC 3066. All welcome – free entry. Exhibition runs until 5pm Tuesday 19 December 2017. Gallery open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday.

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood

The work I made for this exhibition is a Limited Edition Handpainted Linocut – ‘Enkindled’.

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‘Enkindled’

Handpainted Linocut

23.5 x 12 cm

It is a design which is emblematic of a new direction I have been exploring in recent years. It showcases my transition towards designs based on the concepts of ornamentation, beauty, patterns and embellishments. Enkindled is designed around the Grevillea rhyolitica, or Deua Flame, a grevillea endemic to South-Eastern NSW. The Deua Grevillea, with its delicate, falling red flowers, has long been a favourite of mine to photograph, especially when visiting the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens near Batemans Bay. In this work I have played with positive and negative spaces, imagining ways to play on the plants original patterns and shapes.

It is also is in remembrance of my dear godmother who passed away earlier this year. She encouraged me with my artwork and was always up for a chat and discussion about what I was doing and giving her ideas and opinions on my work. I would send her emails or messages with my ideas and we would have a good natter. I miss that. She lived near Batemans Bay and every time I went down there she encouraged me to visit the Eurobodalla Botanic Regional Gardens for inspiration. So this work reflects where my thoughts have been this year as well. Memories and loss.

 

Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists – curated by Rona Green

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood
It is open from 1 – 19 December.
Artists: Emma ‘Ruby’ Armstrong-Porter, Janet Ayliffe, Susan Baran, Kylie Blackley, Helen Blue, Loris Button, Elaine Camlin, Laura Castell, Jenny Clapson, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Compton, Rachel Derum, Sue Ernst, Ian ‘Spike’ Farrawell, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Sue Fraser, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Jet James, Deborah Klein, Jo Lankester, Suzie Lockery, Cassie May, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Lorelei Medcalf, Glenn Morgan, Karen Neal, Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye, Sharron Okines, Diana Orinda Burns, Glenda Orr, Travis Paterson, Jim Pavlidis, Sue Poggioli, Jocelyn Rawlins, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Jill Sampson, Gwen Scott, Benjamin Sexton, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sandra Starkey Simon, Mrs Stamp, Maggie Stein, Rachel Suarez, Sophia Szilagyi, Scott Trevelyan, Lee Ward, Peter Ward, Justin Watson, Andrew Weatherill, Lynette Weir, Joel Wolter and Christine Wrest Smith.

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Carvings – Grevillea Imagining

A series of photographs from Instagram of the progression of carving the Grevillea imaginings lincout. It is quite a fine design with small parts so is by it’s nature slow & fiddly. I have however been struggling with chronic pain issues & life interfering with art!

It is progressing though & I am now in the final stages of cleaning up all those tine little edges. I am also on a deadline for this work so I need to get moving to printing & painting.

Handy Hint: One thing I have recently discovered, why I did not know nor think about it earlier I don’t know! I have put a small piece of non slip mat under the lino block whilst carving. Previously I have always butted one edge up against the carving board but often find I use my left hand/arm as an alternative for carving round different angles when this does not work. The non stick mat has made this much easier & taken a strain off my arm & shoulder which has made tings a lot easier!

 

Blue Mountains Wildflowers first prints

Well today I tackled the first printing of this new design.

I set up the print studio and rolled out the ink onto the glass plate ready to ink the carved lino block.

Blue Mtns Wildflowers Print 1

You get an impression of how the print will actually look printed from the first roll of the black ink onto the carved lino block.

It is exciting to see the image come up as you may or may not have imagined it. There are always surprises which is nice.

Blue Mtns Wildflowers Print 2

This is a section of the first proof pulled off – you will notice the mirror reversing of the image from block to print. this is always something to be aware of when designing and transferring the design to the lino block – ALWAYS REVERSE THE IMAGE TO CARVE THE BLOCK. This is especially relevant if you are depicting a particular scene or using lettering.

Blue Mtns Wildflowers Print 4

This is the first image if the first proofs of the design. I’m pretty happy with it.

I may do a little deeper carving on the two Banksias on the far edge of the design but I will see how it colours first.

Blue Mtns Wildflowers Print FIRST

Tawny Expressions – Linoblocks – Linocuts

tawny-expressions-linoblocksI have finally finished carving the linoleum blocks for the “Tawny Expressions” linocut print. They are smaller blocks but a lot of smaller complex carving with the No 1 blade so fiddly and time consuming. Carving larger expanses of open “white” space is far quicker and a bit more dramatic really.

So here they all are!

If you look at the edges around the carved designs you will see I haven’t as yet trimmed the blocks back. A good tip for carving is to leave a small edge that can be cut back with a knife when you have finished carving. As linoluem is a softer material it is easy to chip off an edge or even wear a corner off whilst carving. So if what you are looking for in a design is a nice even neat edge (well as best you can get given the pliable nature of the lino) then it is a good idea to leave a little around the edge of the design to cut back just before printing.

It has been extremely wet in our little corner of the world for a few weeks  now so I will wait until it dries out a bit before printing them…in the meantime I am carving the Emu as well as continuing with finalising the alphabet designs.