“It is impossible to explain creativity. It is like asking a bird “How do you fly?” You just do.”~ Eric Jerome Dickey
This is a 15 x 15cm linocut – my second ever reduction print. The first layer is a graduated roll with blue ink and extender, to give a transparent effect. The three subsequent layers are light grey, dark grey and black printed with the same block, with cutting in between. I lost one print due to poor registration, but I am reasonably happy with the finished product. A better result could be achieved with a printing press and higher quality inks, but the school holidays are good for practicing the technique at home.
This linocut “Living Soil” is the image that I have submitted an edition of 12 prints to the Print Council of Australia 2018 Print Exchange. I had a few options that fitted the size criteria, but this is the one that my peers at SWTAFE Diploma of Art chose as the one they liked best. Perhaps an artist always sees their own mistakes more clearly than others, but self-reflection is what helps us to learn and improve.
I had attempted a hand-coloured version with watercolours, but it felt too much like “colour by numbers” and the finished result did look too much like a children’s colouring in project. The great thing about using good quality paper (300gsm Fabriano in this case) is that it can withstand some fairly serious treatments, and I was able to brush off a lot of the colour under running water, leaving quite a nice washed out effect.
“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go, purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything, whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” ~ Tina Turner
I have discovered a love for printmaking relatively late in life, enjoying the whole process from sketching my ideas, creating a plate (linocut, collagraph or monotype) to printing and mounting. I share my creations here for friends, family and visitors to enjoy.
I am currently enrolled in a Diploma of Art, which gives me time and space to explore techniques and share my ideas with others. I am very grateful to my teachers and colleagues who have supported and encouraged me.