Linocuts – Week 1 Back to work carving

I have managed to start caving some small lino blocks in the last week or so and it is all going well with my shoulder so far which is excellent.

Here is a small image of some of the carvings – they are a couple of small designs I was working on back in 2012. The one on the left is from a series of 15x15cm square designs and the one of the right is from a series of 12 ‘Deco’ designs. I had been having long-term problems carving for a long while but I did 2 days carving this week and all was fine!! Yippee!! Hoping to start on some large blocks and multi-panel designs I designed at the end of last year very soon!

CARVING LINOBLOCK MARCH 2013 WEB

I have also finished painting & getting some new stock framed for the Day Fine Art Gallery in Blackheath, Blue Mountains NSW. There are plenty of flannel flowers in this new selection and they should be listed on this page in the next week or so.

I also printed one of the earlier designs that I was working on based on those old-fashioned postcards utilising black and white design and colour into one design. You can see the design process for these here.

This is an image of the design that I added some Photoshop colour into.

Sturt Desert Pea CARD 2012 COLOUR WEB

I then carved the linoblock back in May 2012 – take note that the design is carved in reverse.

Sturt Desert Pea Card 2012 WEB

Inking up the lino block.

POSTCARDS SDP Printing 4

The first proof prints. The proof print is a ‘trial run’ to check the carving is all correct. I may choose to carve more ares out or fix areas before printing the final design. This shows the reversal of the printed image.

POSTCARDS SDP Printing 5

Handcoloured this week with watercolour.

This first completed on is Sturt Desert Peas – Retro Postcards

Sturt Desert Pea RETRO POSTCARD 1 WEB

Soulsong Photography – a new blog of my photographs

I have been taking photographs since a teenager majoring in high school in both drawing and black and white photography. When I went to Art College (COFA – College of FIne Arts – University of NSW) Photography was one of my minor subjects with my Major combined study being drawing and Relief/linocut printmaking.

For many years I processed my own black and white films and prints within a traditional darkroom, in fact I still has all this equipment but currently no current darkroom setup. This is one of a series of photographs I took for my HSC – Anzac Day in 1981.

I have over time moved into digital photography – I must admit reluctantly at first, but now I love the ability to take as many photos as I like and the possibilities of exploring Digital Art. I do find though I have had to (and continue to upgrade) a digital filing system on backed up hard drives and gold CD’s. I have used my photos mainly to provide a large resource file of images for my artwork.

I completed a photoshop basics course a few years ago but would love to explore this medium further especially as maintaining the physical aspect of carving linocuts becomes more difficult. I have also spent a large amount of time scanning both old photographs, slides and negatives and restoring them for her extended family and will over time add some of these photographs as well.

The photos on this new website are a selection of some of my photographs some old and some new. Some photographs are more successful than others and this new website is to provide a diary of photographs that others might find interesting.

A friend of mine (we grew up together) has become a keen photographer in recent years and has been taking some absolutely stunning shots  – Sharon Quandt – she took the photograph below which I have done a little photo-shopping with.

Here is where you can find Soulsong Photography.

Three new small linocuts for 2012

Well I have managed to get three small linocut designs carved, printed & handcoloured.

Banksia Square is a small 15 x 15 cm handcoloured linocut of the Coastal BanksiaBanksia integrifolia.

Flannel Flowers Square – again a 15 x 15 cm handcoloured linocut of the ever gorgeous flannel flowers Actinotus helianthii.

Powderpuff Lillypilly Square is the final one, again a 15 x 15 cm handcoloured linocut of a Powderpuff LillypillySyzigium wilsonii wilsonii

These three join the two completed works – Waratah Square and Eucalyptus Caesia.

You can find these 5 designs over on my new website – Lynette Weir.

The full set in this series of 9 design templates.