Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
Argentinian illustrator, Natalia Colombo's surreal amorphous landscapes are alive with anthropomorphic landscapes and strange otherworldly creatures, bright and peaceful. Natalia's works are currently being exhibited at Gallery Mar Dulce.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
This image by Donald Saff made me think of blackberry picking and autumn, with it's spiky seed head flowers, muted colours and collaged maps. These new 'flower paintings by Donald will be exhibited at the George Marshall Gallery Store in York Maine. Opening October 7th and running until November 12th.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
It has been a busy month as I have been establishing my new painting and decorating business and in any time off, I have been making bread. I was really inspired having seen a video of Slovenian baker Anita Šumer, who cuts designs into her loaves and wanted to try decorating the surfaces of my bread, now I cannot stop! You need a very sharp blade and you score the surface after the second proving, before you put the loaf in the oven. You can add colour using spices, herbs, chocolate or flour, it is completely addictive, compelling and you get a delicious 'sketchbook'.
Friday, 22 September 2017
This week I have been teaching recycled relief printing, normally for this, I use polystyrene trays from under pizza's. This time, I tried using the foiled lids of takeaway containers. As with the polystyrene trays you draw into the foiled surface using a biro, indenting the surface. Th results were very good, it is a quick easy technique and when the printing ink is even they are almost like etchings.
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Monday, 18 September 2017
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Friday, 15 September 2017
American illustrator Vivien Mildenberger's work often uses history as inspiration filling her illustrations with gentle observations from historic artifacts in museums and her own humour. Here as an example is a sketch and a piece of ceramics with a Viking theme.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Sketchbooks of Suzanna Hubbard telling the story of Martha Brown of Dorset the last woman to be publicly hanged. Martha Brown had suffered an adulterous and violent husband but was hung for his murder and the spectacle of her death had attracted a crowd that had included a young Thomas Hardy and Blake Morrison.
Suzanna Hubbard's simple style suits perfectly the telling of historic tales, the pared down style matching the simpler, uncluttered lives of historic figures.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
This week I am in the midst of teaching a six week printing course, and again revisiting potato prints. The more potato prints I do, the more I love them, their accessibility and adaptability make them a great resource, especially when you use lino cutting tools with them as you can achieve a great line. Layering them in different colours creates great mid century feeling designs. I don't like wasting food so if you ever see reduced green (inedible) potatoes they are the best use of this damaged resource.