Saturday, 9 December 2017

Emsworth Arts Trail 2018

This week the weather has taken a turn and the temperature has dropped. Not that that has stopped art being produced with paintings being worked on, designs for cards being drawn and a little bit of wood engraving on the side as I have been trying out a new sandbag.
I guess the most important event of the week has been the first Emsworth Arts Trail meeting on Monday in preparation for the 2018 trail. All thoughts are now turning to producing a show and working on a new painting for the Arts Trail web site.


With Christmas around the corner the next few weeks are going to be super busy but can't wait to get planning and putting the show together.
There maybe a nautical theme if these sketches are anything to go by...............



Saturday, 2 December 2017

Taking A Risk

Today was Puffins day. Picking up on where I had left off with the Puffins....it has been a while....the first task was to lay down the next layer of grey. I thought I was being very careful getting the right tone and everything looked good as I was mixing it.

Mixing grey
I inked up the plate and away I went. 20 Puffin prints were gradually being rolled off the press and at first I was pretty happy with the results but I can't help picking over the results so by the end of the print run I was starting to think the grey was just that bit too dark and way to dark for the birds white chests. So a bit more head scratching.

Result of the grey
Detail of a foot
After a couple of days thinking it through and trying to work out what to do next I decided to jump in and take a risk. I managed to make a space between the wet canvases, re-cut the stomach of the puffins whilst still trying to keep the form, then mixed white with a lot of extender to allow the  grey to show through.

Creating form on the white

White and extender over grey
And voila, a very strange looking group of puffins but I am feeling quietly confident that my maverick exploits will pay off as I start to put down the next layer. Unfortunately the prints are very wet and the air has been damp this past week, so I will have to wait another week before I can put on the next layer, but that's OK as I can spend that time working on my Cornish paintings.