Do you ever wish you’d waited a bit long before doing the next step? Well, I’ve had one of those moments when I wish I had.I started removing the masking and realised that the bell tower is not distinct. And it’s bothering me! I often find parts of a picture can be fainter than I’d intended when the painting is done. Usually I leave it as the balance seems to work. But not this time… So, what do I do when I remove the masking too soon? The simple answer is to redo it. A straightforward but time consuming process. First reapplying masking fluid. Then more careful painting in order to avoid wrecking the existing paint. Watercolour is a very unforgiving medium and shows EVERYTHING if you’re not careful. So, as the saying goes, more haste less speed. If I’d just spent a little longer painting I might have realised the contrast was insufficient… But then again I might not have!
Work on St Catherine’s is moving along steadily. I’m now at the painting stage. The first painting layer is always an organic process. Once finished I need to leave it to dry and the paint alters as it dries. Colours mix and separate. It’s one of the stages I love most because I’m never 100% sure what I’ll end up with! I have an idea and a design, but then the painting takes over. So, now I have colour! There will be a bit more before it’s finished.
The New Year might have started slowly. But it’s gaining momentum Here’s my first painting of 2013 Lots of crumbling brick and barbed wire… I’m still struggling with the title so I’ve gone for the obvious. I might add a bit more to the foliage as well. Just a bit…after it’s sat in the corner for a while. Now what shall I do next? Perhaps another Mill? Although I might share my last commission first!
The Swan Mill is progressing… Slowly. I’ve had a few admin deadlines which had to take priority. The most important being completing the entry to Bucks Open Studios with Alexandra Buckle. We’re just waiting for the entry to be processed. It should go live next week. So that + ongoing search for a new studio + sorting out after the move… = not enough painting time!!!!! But I have done this… Next stage masking then the paintings begins. And it will be revealed here before Wednesday.
You should always try new things! Last Wednesday I got chance to try something new. Japanese Woodblock printing. Those of you who follow me on Twitter might have heard me mention attending and introductory course at Bafa in October. I had so much fun I wanted to know more. I’ve been investigating translating my work to print form. This Japanese art uses watercolour paint not ink like the rest, which makes this a viable option. So I arranged a session with the tutor Laura Boswell along with Alexandra Buckle. Last Wednesday we set off in the Fog for Laura’s Studio. It was an intensive day’s study with some of the techniques being counter intuitive. Here’s a brief summary of what we did. You begin by drawing a design. The image is then transferred onto tracing paper. Positioned to allow for space when printing. After deciding on which colours to use, the relevant parts of the image are traced onto the plywood. One printing “block” for each colour but you can have more than one block on each piece of wood. Then the outline cut out using a “Hangito” knife held in “Psycho” stabbing style. “Kento chisel” is used to create Kento […]
Ever wonder what’s behind the glass of those Office blocks? The internal workings of a building are not something you see everyday unless you’re a construction worker. I’m always amazed how they manage to put so much glass/windows in. They look like giant greenhouses. Part of my brain looks at them and cries out that their existence is imagined. Like Father Christmas they do the impossible! Or so it seems. But when you look at the inside, there is structure and support hidden within. And there’s the point, hidden. Behind a giant curtain of glass. It’s even called curtain walling. Occasionally you get to see a naked building before the curtains go up, so to speak. And they’re really rather fascinating. Have a Look! Next week I’ll be sharing something different… What I discovered at a Japanese Woodblock workshop I did this week.