Friday, 30 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
This is just etching onto steel, which gives a mid tone to everything. This week I started a very simple tree design on zinc, which is whiter, and I am aquatinting it in a couple of tones and then want to do chine colle on it.
The design of this etching sums up how I feel about printing. I love it, but it's just too massive a subject to grasp! It's just fab. Even though my hand are sore and my lungs are raw, it's worth it.
Monday, 26 January 2009
...and others come in almost defensive, and ready to dismiss anything they do find....
Today someone quibbled over the price of a paperback book. But someone else gave £50 to Gaza. So it all balances out in the end. Happy, sad, mean, generous...they are all equally hard to sketch and all stay still for no longer than 10 seconds!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Friday, 23 January 2009
I went to my studio and started a new doll - a batch of dolls really. I'll be taking photos along the way and I'll post them for anyone who's wondered how they are made (there won't be instructions as such...just a peek at each stage). I also scratched a new image - into zinc this time - for my lovely etching class on Tuesdays which I love!!! I made a print from my steel plate last time but it was too damp to bring home, but hopefully I'll be able to post it this week.
I wasn't going to post an image today as I didn't have one - but then my mum phoned and I doodled this dude on an envelope while we chatted. He started off quite dapper and smart - but as the conversation wore on he grew bristles and a scruffy jumper.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Oh well I suppose if you can't beat 'em... "MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN, DO-DOO-DOODOO-DO-DO!"
Nope. I'm still miserable.
Friday, 16 January 2009
My lovely friends always give me fabrics, and this will remind me of them. I made more since I took this pic and will probably put it all round the room. While sewing, I did a lot of thinking and planning, and it cheered me up a bit - until I went to the bank to withdraw some money and they wouldn't hand it over until I had agreed to an appointment with them because I am always so overdrawn. Grr! How dare they intrude on my "head-in-the-sand" system of managing my finances! They set my overdraft limit, without me even asking, then have a go at me when I use it.
I know their cunning plan...they're going to try and persuade me to get a loan. But I won't I tell you, I won't! (Unlike Brad, who recently went in the bank for a cheque book cover and left signed up to Advantage Gold, with a loan, a savings account and a credit card.)
So the day has come full circle, with me starting and ending it totally fed up.
Oh - I almost forgot - on Tuesday I started a 6-week course in etching at BIP (Brighton Independent Printmaking). I thoroughly enjoyed it - but probably for the wrong reasons! You know when you do a course and everyone introduces themselves and says how much of the subject they've done? Well everyone seemed to be saying things like, "Yes, I've studied etching for 75 years," and "I am head of etching at St Martin's,"...but luckily there were a couple of beginners like me, and it ended up being a real laugh. The studio looks like a torture chamber with lots of strange, Medieval looking equipment. The tutor, lovely though she was, could have been talking Swahili for the amount I understood and took in. But together we blundered our way through the first stages and were soon in the cupboard smoking our hard ground like a bunch of streetwise etchers. My plate is here, carefully wrapped in newsprint and I have to actually scratch something into it before next session...I can't bring myself to yet, in case I ruin it!
Monday, 12 January 2009
Anyway it's a lino print, cut at home last night - not, sadly, at my studio which currently has no power or water. In fact, when I went there on Saturday, a large and rather pretty icicle was coming out of the tap! Hopefully it will be sorted out soon...it really will...
Thursday, 8 January 2009
It's gouache on old paper. The line of dialogue comes from a fantastic 1960s Mills and Boon I got from Oxfam.
I did this very hastily, to take my mind off stressful issues of my own I am trying (and failing) to resolve! I also watched the Noah & the Whale "Five Year's Time" video on YouTube...it always makes me smile. Go on - try it! (I tried to put it in here - hopefully it's worked - if not - sorry!)
Friday, 2 January 2009
Very nice they are to use too. Thank you Brad! The drawing is of Zebedee, my much missed pet rabbit. He was a house rabbit, and I always think of him more at Christmas, because he liked to nibble off a huge piece of the Christmas tree, hop off with it and eat it! He was lovely was Zeb, and I'd thoroughly recommend a house rabbit as a clean, quiet alternative to a cat or dog. (And they never bring in dead or dying animals or birds...)
Thursday, 1 January 2009
In other news, yesterday my friend Abbie saved my bacon (vegetarian bacon of course) by taking loads of brilliant pictures of my work...and not only that, she made the rubbish pictures I had previously taken, look brilliant. She is a digital goddess! She spent sooooo many hours on it all and I really am so grateful!! I'll be applying for the MA and funding to do the MA, in the next few days so everyone send me good vibes!!
Hope to be posting some work very soon - but tomorrow I'll be cleaning my studio.*
Happy New Year everyone.