Hello from Sunday night. Wotcha doin? I’ve been printing my head off!

August 26, 2018

Hi everyone,
It’s been an intense and working summer for me so far.
Made even more so because I was determined to finish my internship/probationary period at my Oxford Printmakers Guild.

So every Tuesday and Saturday I have been walking into Oxford from the park and ride with a small rolling suitcase full of papers, tools, inks and ideas, and organising those ideas out on a table.

Then I would tear up my papers to size and get them soaking before anything else.

Then I would ink up my plate, wipe the ink off, make a guide for registration, put the plate into one of the old industrial presses, grab one of my soaked papers, blot it off, lay it on the plate, and…

…cover it with tissue and the felt blankets, and run it thru.

I also learned to do soft ground etchings on copper plates.

I did three of these plates. So far it’s the most exciting and fulfilling plate making intaglio process, but I have to master aquatints yet. Those I think I’d love to pieces.

Here is a print of one of these soft ground plates.

This is the second one. The twigs were harder to run thru the press than the ferns were.

This is a small selection of plates you can see. I made copper plates, zinc, aluminium ones and even some plastic drypoint etchings.

Of course, all this came with a great big investment in new tools and materials…as is often the case, but the end result is so wonderful. Here is a registration try at three moth prints.

This is the third soft ground copper plate I made. All of these copper plates are supporting my wish to show how wild animals survive and adapt in the urban heat island that is our city scape.

Of course, the worst thing about printing is that you have to flatten your prints between tissue and leave them for a few days to dry! No coming home right away with beautiful works of art!
But then, there’s always a new plate to make at home in the meantime.
I was in London recently and the trip led me to make a plate of some London tube mosquitos on a piece of aluminium I got from Robert.
They’re really interesting. They’ve evolved to stay in the tube station and not hibernate, to breed all year long instead of seasonally, they have a fresh and adequate supply of blood all year long, and they’ve separated into different genomes because they cannot travel thru the tubes, (except in the train itself), and there is no need for them to go outside. A whole bunch of subspecies which live and die and evolve different characteristics underground.

I’m waffling on, but here is the print.

Hope you like this art.
Talk soon(er)

June catch-up, in the Okanagan with the littles.

I might just have several random posts hanging in my draft folder from when my great and mighty pc died. By the way, I still don’t have that pc (under full warranty and at HP headquarters) back yet, and HP is being very unresponsive…

August 1, 2018


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July 31, 2018

June catch-up, oh yeah, we have a dog!

This is Ruby the red bone coon hound. Our littles named her. She’s not exactly my dog, or Chloe’s or Kerstin’s (whose inspiration is the reason for Ruby), she is a collective family dog. She’s a puppy. A bit wild, a bit uncontrollable, a…

July 11, 2018

Hello from Sunday night…finally!

Hello everyone, I’m back in England. Which may seem like a strange thing, because if you read my posts, it looks like I never left! I did leave England for almost 2 months, but the day I left, my computer left me. That is…

July 9, 2018

Bluebell heaven

You know, it’s pretty rare for me to get here at the turning point of the seasons, but this year I managed just that. Four weeks ago, the trees were bare and the ground covered with frost, and today suddenly it’s practically summer! One…

May 8, 2018

Adieu April showers, bring on the May flowers!

Hi everyone, This was going to be a hello from Sunday night post, but then I didn’t think I had much to say (past the car boot sale on Sunday) and then I thought that maybe I wanted Monday to finish up some art…

May 1, 2018

Buying an apple tree

Hi everyone, I was very excited today because today was the day we decided to buy a replacement apple tree for the one we had to take down last year to make way for the carport. Buying an apple tree is serious stuff for…

April 26, 2018

Hello from Sunday night, and a field walking, car showing me!

Hello everybody, Well, this is a turn-up for the books. Oxfordshire seems to have gone from winter to summer overnight. The weather turned and suddenly we have highs of 26 degrees, full-on summer dress weather, and I didn’t pack for that…lol. But the fields…

April 23, 2018