Getting better at it

August 14, 2013

I’ve been studying linocuts on the net. I’ve been looking at other artist’s work and comparing it to my two attempts. (By the way, this is a path to disaster and I highly recommend not doing that, and soon I might even begin to listen to my own advice…lol)

So it occurs to me that the two designs I made are a bit flat and have no energy, no movement.

I know, I’ve only just started, but before you start to shake your head at me, let me explain. You see I strive for movement and energy in my paintings. If I can’t get movement in the subject them I go for light and the movement of light over the subject, so the linocuts feel a bit “flat” to me because I’ve only got that one colour ink to play with.

So Monday I took some time to draw some seed heads and weeds from the lane with a view to maybe cutting another piece of lino, and then posted this little pic on FB 🙂 :

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While I’m waiting for some lino and tools I ordered to arrive form a London company called Intaglio, I still had that difficult to cut larger piece I bought form the art supply store in Oxford and so took it to the Printmakers Cooperative and spent Tuesday there.

I sketched out elements of the design on the lino and borrowed some good tools and went to work.

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This lino did get easier to cut on the hot plate, but it took me four and a half hours to cut the design and it’s really unrealistic to sit over a hot plate for that time, so it was the hard way.

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After one hour…nope, still don’t like this lino but it isn’t going to get the better of me!

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After four hours and a cramped hand! Almost done.

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After four and a half hours I really had to get going and so walked out of Oxford shaking my hand and flexing my fingers. Had to show you this photo…lol, seems like spandex has caught on big time round here.

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So finally home and I ran up to the studio and inked my design and quickly printed it to see what I got.

I LIKE IT!

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Needs more finishing and needs more ink, but the idea of movement is there. I’m really happy with this third attempt and now I’ll play with that for a little while. 🙂

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Annie Sloan's home store in Oxford

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7 Comments

  • Reply Karen Richards August 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful work! Have you ever tried to use EZ carve? http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-speedy-cut-carving-blocks/

    I use these with my students – much less wear and tear on your hands.

    BTW – I don’t think that anyone who wears above an extra small size should ever consider spandex a fashion option.

    • Reply Veronica August 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Not yet Karen. I’m in England at the moment and not back on the continent for another month or so. I’ll look into the EZ Carve when I get back to Vancouver. There is a much better plastic compound here which is a Japanese relief cutting vinyl and that’s what I ordered. But I had that one piece of lino that I didn’t want to waste… I’m stubborn that way…lol.

  • Reply Diane August 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I haven’t carved anything like this since my high school years. Would love to try it again if I still had the patience and attention span greater than that of a gnat.

    Spandex rocks on some gals and others not so much… LOL

  • Reply Sara v August 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Yep, I like it too!! Especially love the curly pieces and texture of seed pods–pods are so amazing aren’t they? 🙂

  • Reply Karen August 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I have no clue what you did (not your fault, I’m sure you explained it well), but I really like the outcome! You captured the movement of these flowers beautifully!

  • Reply michellepond August 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I feel them swaying in the breeze. Beautiful!

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