Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Same but Different

The Same But Different is an exhibition I and two friends Peter Wallfried and Simon Kneebone are presenting at Gallery M in Adelaide South Australia. Comprising paintings by Peter, drawings by Simon and intaglio and block prints by myself  the exhibition opens on 15th June and runs through to the 8th of July. The three of us will be at the gallery on the 23rd June for people to meet and talk about the work exhibited. If you are in Adelaide we hope to see you there or that you can visit the gallery at some time

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Here is one of my etchings which will be exhibited. ROCK POOL. Image size 11cms x 11cms  printed from two plates on Stonehenge paper in a limited edition of 6.

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I was more or less able to finish my prints for my upcoming exhibition in a few weeks time. So I gave myself some time over the weekend to just relax and do some drawing. Most enjoyable.

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My drawing is heavily inspired by the drawings of Van Gogh. I really like the profusion of lines and marks he uses which give the images a vibrancy, emphasizing the form, movement and texture of the landscape. The lines and dots are an imaginative representation rather than an accurate depiction of reality but not at the expense of the subject matter.

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I like to draw with pen (either with metal nibs or with homemade bamboo pens) and ink, or for sketching fine point felt pens. Although I find drawing very meditative I enjoy the risk taking needed working with materials that cannot be corrected.   Although my drawings a drawn as an object in their own right each is also a starting point for a possible etching or lino print. The pen and ink give me a similar drawing quality I like to  achieve in my etching. In my lino prints I may simplify the profusion of marks and lines but each drawing is a stepping stone in the thought process to that end.

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I have used colour in my lino prints for some time  but have been more comfortable to work in black and white in my drawings and etchings. I am now experimenting with colour in these areas, enjoying exploring flat vibrant areas of colour with the vibrancy of the drawn black or dark grey lines. With each ‘experiment’ new possibilities are opening up to me which I hope to pursue in he coming months.

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Mt etchings, linoprints and drawings can be seen at www.martinart.com.au

Pond Spotting in 3 acts.

POND is the latest linoprint completed for an exhibition I am sharing with two friends from June 15 to July 8 2018, at Gallery M here in Adelaide. The following is the three acts towards its completion.

Act 1
The design is traced onto the lino, any areas which are white in the final image are carved away then the block is printed with the lightest colour.

 

Act 2
Areas which are to remain the light colour are carved from the lino and then the block is printed over the first colour using a simple registration board I made to get the lino and paper in the same position for each print run.

 

Act 3
More lino is carved away where the second colour shows in the final design and the block is printed over the other colours to create the final image in this case. This method is called reduction block printing as the lino is reduced or carved away with each colour. This image is a simple technical piece, some printmakers use this process to produce prints with large numbers of colours.

 

The image is based on a pond and plants growing next to it in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. I was after a simple, but hopefully, calm, tranquil image. The image is 9.5cms x 14cms in size printed on Stonehenge paper in an edition 6.

 

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REJECTION.

Rejected! It should be my middle name, or it should be tattooed on my chest. It was a constant presence as a cartoonist and it still follows me around. Three of my works, a drawing and two prints were rejected, or should I say truthfully, they didn’t make the final cut to two exhibitions this week. They didn’t tell me to stock my studio with thick skin at art school. One of the joys of being an artist I guess.

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Crows up North. Pen ink and wash. 40cms x 19cms on illustration board. Now on sale HERE

BUT THEN. Hold your horses. I visited Gallery M this afternoon where one of my drawings is ‘featuring’ in the Red House group exhibition and it sprouted a red dot at the opening. So there rejection, back in your box.

AND THE LANDSCAPE NEAR EUDUNDA.

Amongst all this I have continued along the tunnel to my exhibition next month, as well as doing some drawing to relax along the way. I have been working with pen and ink using either a pen my son brought back from Venice for me or a bamboo pen made from bamboo growing in our garden. I’m experimenting with drawing in black first and then working over it with a limited color palette. Hoping I might be able to develop this in some future etchings.

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EUDUNDA LANDSCAPE. Bamboo pen and ink on Canson cartridge paper. 17.6cms x 13cms. On sale HERE

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Have continued with etchings for upcoming exhibition over the last few days. Some agony and ecstacy with this. One just didn’t come out the same as what was in my head. Played with some ideas that didn’t seem to help so let it sit, had a few wines for mothers day, and then started a new design  which glory be, turned out better than expectations. Who needs to go to a fun park for a rollercoaster ride.

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Also spent a little time on a two copper plate colour etching. Very pleased with result. I usually use a cardboard plate and monoprinting techniques to add colour to my etched copper plate. I will spent more time and money working with two or more copper plates as well in future.

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Have two works in group exhibitions at moment.

Blue Curl a reduction linoprint is in the  Mini Print Biennial 2018 In Northern Ireland. The exhibition showcases the work of 140 artists from over 30 countries displaying a wide range of printmaking techniques and exceptional printmaking skills. The exhibition will run from May 9th – July 27th, 2018 You can see more about this exhibition HERE

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Washing Machine For My Mind is a pen ink and coloured pencil drawing in The Red House (of whom I am a member) group exhibition in a local gallery here in Adelaide.

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Now back to work.

Crows in the gallery

‘Ploughed Field’ a reduction lino print created in 2016 for an exhibition entitled As The Crow Flies has just been added to my online gallery. The Image size is 15.5cms x 11cms printed on Stonehenge paper in a limited edition of six.

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The landscape is near Clarendon a small town just south of Adelaide, South Australia. Crows are ever present in the South Australian landscape and South Australians are called crow eaters by the rest of Australia. I love the birds and I enjoy the sound they make. In the morning it is the perfect alarm clock.

The prints are available for sale at an affordable price. Details can been seen HERE

This week

Hard at work in the studio this week. An exhibition dealine is looming and still a few more ideas to bring to life. This week have developed an image for a linoprint and began working on a series of etchings based on rockpools found at a place called Hardwicke Bay which my wife and I recently  visited. These are for the exhibition I am sharing with two other artist friends in June. My work is based on pools and ponds, reflections and the small worlds within. I also did some drawing of landscapes north of Adelaide, more on those in a future post.

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