Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Reduction linocut....

Ok, so I was going to show you the print after each colour, but that turned out to be a bit hard, as I was leaving it at the studio to dry after my class.  I'm only at the studio at night so the lighting is terrible.  Anyway, here's the finished piece (it's an edition of 8 - only one of which I'm not 100% happy with).

Longtime readers may recall (if you have Super Memory!) these ceramic insulators from a sneak peak of my home a few years ago.  I guess I collect them, but I'm very particular about what makes the cut (they have to be perfect and have an interesting maker's stamp).

I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Golden Child....

Golden Child 1 & 2, 2012

Here are a couple more pieces from the Kieron Broadhurst exhibition that we went to on Sunday.

'Cronus' (see previous post) was sold when we got there!  And for a price I could've afforded.  Devastated.  But I had a chat to the artist and he does do commissions.  I've never had artwork commissioned before. The idea of it makes me feel all grown up and rich (though I'm neither of these things).

Friday, June 1, 2012

Kieron Broadhurst....

'Cronus', 2012

I went to pick my 'Baudin' print up from the exhibition today.  Great timing, as people were unloading artworks for the next exhibition so I got a sneak peak.  I want everything I saw (particularly the painting above).  The exhibition is called Bastard Son and is by Kieron Broadhurst, who is studying fine art in Perth (I can't remember if he's doing Masters or Honours - nor do I actually know the difference), though he's originally from Margaret River.

It was a great reminder that if I'm going to get creative, I should be true to what I like.  As I said about my 'Baudin' print in the earlier post, it really does not represent my style, so why do it?  I'm not claiming that I am (or have intentions of being) an artist, but in any creative pursuit I need to think about whether it's 'me'.  You dig?

Anyhoo, the exhibition opens on Sunday night at The Margaret River Cultural Centre, and runs until the 29th.  Buy me a painting?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reduction linocut - first colour....

Ok, so there's not much to see after the first printing, but that's just the way it should be. My image is made up of 6 tones, so it was important to get the first one a really light shade.  I've managed to create a lighter shade in this layer by lightly hatching the lino with a fine cutting tool.  You can see the lino here.

I've recut my lino for tomorrow night's class. Stay tuned for the results.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Bell Jar....

Some super lovely friends of mine have just launched their print studio - The Bell Jar.  I can not begin to explain how incredibly talented and creative Elly Joel and Kylie Thévenau are.  They create breath-taking surface pattern and textile design for fashion and interiors and I have no doubt you'll see their work in your daily life before long.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Reduction linocut....

I've been a bit unwell so have missed the last few printmaking classes, but it's good to be back!  Thankfully I don't seem to have missed too much, and am optimistic that I can catch up with my reduction linocut.  Above is my first layer, ready to print.  I REALLY want to cut the second colour, but as the name suggests, the lino is cut (reduced) between colours so until I print, I can't do anything (and I can't print until Thursday).  Sorry if my explanation of reduction linocuts is a bit light - google it for more information!

One thing I've learnt from doing these classes, is that printmakers are completely under appreciated!  The simplest looking prints can be extremely complex to produce.  

Friday, May 4, 2012


Really?!  A month since I last posted?!  Where does the time go....  I have my excuses, but I'll spare you as they're really lame.

So finally, here is the linocut of which I showed you a few snippets.  Of course I'm not totally happy with it, but I am really good at picking faults in what I do.  (Like this photo - great forehead reflection!!).  

The slightly exciting thing is that 'Baudin' is currently hanging in the Margaret River Cultural Centre as part of an exhibition in conjunction with the Readers and Writers Festival.  My first exhibition - I'd be more excited if I like the piece, or if I thought it was a good representation of my style (which it definitely is not).  Anyhoo, that's enough of trashing my own work for one night.  :)

*Nicolas Baudin was a French explorer who mapped much of the coast of Australia, particularly the west coast.  Where I live.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I had to add a post because I hate the photo in the last post.  The colour of the shellac against the tiles - blurgh.  So I thought I'd post a photo of something beautiful, and what could be more gorgeous than my little Coco?!!  This was taken about 6 weeks ago and I'm sure she has a tiny bit more hair now.  Growing hair is not her strong point.  Being adorable is (most of the time).  :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


OK, I admit that when the printmaking class moved on to doing collographs, I was less than excited.  I mean, you make a collage by gluing stuff on some card.  Bore snore.  But then you coat it with shellac and it becomes a printing plate!  Unfortunately, I didn't put much effort into my plates (I was too busy rolling my eyes) but I'm still happy with some of the effects I ended up with.  I've now been inspired to do another plate, and am looking forward to shellacking it in this week's class.  (By which point I'll be over collographs again).

*I've taken a break from my linocut.  I'll show you a finished print when I end up with one I'm happy with.  Right now, we just need some space.  

Saturday, March 3, 2012


It's not all about printmaking around here - sometimes it's about salads, which are even more delicious when the ingredients are homegrown.  On the right is a simple tomato and cucumber salad (both from the garden), and on the left is a zucchini and risoni salad.  Delicious raw homegrown zucchinis (peeled into strips) with an equally yummy dressing - olive oil and red wine vinegar, plus fresh chillies and mint (from the garden!).  And some risoni and olives.  Who says you don't make friends with salad?  :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Linocut 2....

Still plenty to do, but so far I'm happy with how it's going (which is not to say I wouldn't do things differently if I had the chance!).  This is just a detail - I'll show the full piece when I finish.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Linocut 1....

I think I have to stop titling my posts 'Print Thursday', as it seems to be the only thing I'm blogging about!  Last Thursday we started linocuts, something I've always wanted to try.  I've taken on quite an ambitious design (I think) but so far the cutting is going really well.  Of course, I won't know how it's really gone until I print this Thursday.  I might only get a proof done, as I've decided to use some of the monoprinting techniques I learned in the first class to print a background.  Stay tuned....

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A better shot....

....of yesterday's print.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Print Thursday....

So here it is - my monoprint from week 2 of my printmaking class.  I think I should've photographed it rather than scanning it, but hey, it's too dark now for decent photos.  Plus I think it's a bit wonky.  Just take my word that this image does not do it justice.  Moving on....

The yellow was printed through some crazy 70's polyester curtain material, making the grid pattern and also embossing the paper.  I printed the black lines by cutting pieces of paper to block out most of the drawing.  The black at the bottom was an afterthought because it didn't seem finished without it.  I inked the surface very lightly so that the black ink was thin enough to pick up the embossing.  

I'm really happy with it.  This Thursday we start linoprinting and already my design is wildly ambitious.  Hopefully I can pull it off.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Print Thursday....

OK, let me start by saying that yes, I know it's not Thursday.  Now that's of the way....

A couple of Thursday's ago I started attending a printmaking class.  2 weeks in and I'm loving it.  The first week was spent playing around with monoprints.  I created about 20 (quite prolific, apparently!) and the one above is a favourite even though it's far simpler than many I made (it makes me think of a wine glass stain).  The one below is a collage of the torn paper used to make the one above.  The second class was spent making one monoprint, so obviously a lot more thought went into that one.  I'll show you that print tomorrow.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Gosh, I'm not quite sure where to start after such a long absence.  How are you all?  Are you still there?!  All is grand here at the House of Sunday.  We spent December visiting family in Australia and New Zealand.  We spent January without a computer.  Can you imagine?!  Damn viruses.  The important thing is that we're back!  Hello.  :)