It’s pleasing to be involved in the creative ventures of others, even in a minor way. A new piece of music composed by Duncan Kemp with images by me to accompany it.
My goal with printmaking is to keep it experimental and as receptive to the incidental as my painting. To this end I have been experimenting with collagraph prints. This technique allows me a greater sense of freedom when preparing the plate, which is fun. This translates into a freer looking print. My longer term plan is too also draw into the plate at the printing stage and to combine intaglio with relief printing processes. For now please enjoy my latest explorations.
For the Warwickshire Open Studios event I’ve made a flip book describing some of my art journey thus far. I’ve found it an interesting process; a reminder of what kind of artist I am. To see it click the link below.
As lockdown begins to ease and life starts to look like returning to normal, I am feeling more optimistic and inspired.
Over the months I have been giving my art direction a lot of thought. I have been thinking about how I paint and why; a very useful process to go through, particularly when there are less demands on my time. My focus has been very much on how I can convey a sense of a place which isn’t real but might exist in an amalgamation of memories. My intention being to capture a sense of timelessness or fleeting moments which linger in the mind but with a vagueness attached. I like the feeling of looking out to sea and drifting off into a trance or a daydream.
Technically I have been looking to abstraction to help me achieve these ideas. By removing the specifics of a place I hope to create a new visual space. To help achieve this I have been using texture to conjure up the feel of a place and heightened colour to remove it from realism.
These paintings are pieces that I have been working on most recently. They may change a little yet but I need to live with them for a short while before I decide.
After some trial and error I’ve begun to develop more printmaking skills. Lithography is something I’ve been wanting to learn for some time. Watching You Tube videos and making many errors I’ve taught myself lithography using polyester plates. One day I would like to try stone lithography. In the meantime I can see the potential of the technique and looking forward to being more experimental.
I thought I would share some of my new work.
I have two events in the calendar for September & they still appear to be going ahead.
My efforts are therefore focused on developing some of my themes in preparation.