Thursday 5 January 2017
5 degrees nippy wind bright skies
When I am in France, I long for time to do arty things. I imagine myself in a studio, full of arty things, sewing machine, paints, wonderful views, classical music, coffee/tea and indulging full on my muse. I know very well that engaging one's muse is actually very hard work which is why I often avoid her by doing housework. My contribution to art is buying materials. I have materials for every type of artistic activity under the sun.
Thanks to everyone being ill, and finding myself in a house which is not piled up high with crap, free of pain in the butt clients, and no massive garden demanding to be tamed, I was forced to engage with my muse.
I had received Angie Lewin's Plants and Places for Christmas. If you dont know Angie, she is a print maker and specialises in botanicals. I have drooled over her lovely prints for an age. I gathered some plant material and coffee and found a place where the light was good. The dog snored in a corner. Some crows patrolled on the glass roof. I started sketching. The problem, I rapidly discovered, is to get something 3d onto a 2d bit of paper
I simplified things and obtained the following results
In case you dont recognise them, the pointy things are the grasses and the spiky things are the ivy. Angie Lewin's stuff was a lot better. Perhaps I could copy her in the first place....
I got out my brand new lino cut set and had a choice of Softcut or Lino. The softcut looked much easier to start with. I drew freehand on a little bit and carved away at it. I have to say, it was enormously satisfying, rather like paring back cuticles. The tricky bit was actually differentiating between what was cut and what was not cut. I looked at Youtube and discovered I needed to paint in the bits which would be coloured. No paint to hand. I got a bright light and pared away.
I have yet to print it. OH crawled out of bed and said he fancied roast chicken and roast potatoes. I suspect he wont fancy it enough to make it.....