The end of summer holidays

”Soaring” is an original linocut print with a wood grain background

After several successful markets this summer, Saturday 30th January might be my last in a little while. Back to work means less time in the studio, although I will have a three day weekend!
I will be working towards the Printmakers exhibition at the F Project, Warrnambool, with the theme ‘Trees’. My work will still be available at Julia St Creative Space and Gallery in Portland, the Mud Gallery in Hamilton, Koopman’s in Dunkeld and the WADAS exhibit at Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool.

PCA Print Exchange 2018

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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.