Weekly Sketch – Balcony Poppies – 02/10/2013

I grew poppies on my balcony earlier this year, I just love the seed head rattles. I have been sketching in preparation for a linocut; the below drawing explores what colours I might use, probably in a multi-plate print. Drawing in graphite pencil, watercolour pencil and black ink.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

The art of influence Asian propaganda

Two of my favourite rooms at the British Museum are Room 90 and 91 – Prints and Drawings. With a changing programme of exhibitions showing; there is always something to delight and inform, and I have seen work that I do not know how or where I would have seen otherwise.

Yesterday I went to the British Museum and saw an exhibition ‘The art of influence Asian propaganda’, featuring posters, prints and drawings, and other items from 1900 to 1976.

You can read more about it here. But I though I’d share with you a couple of my favourite items from the exhibition.

Robespierre, Does the revolution justify the violence? Nam June Paik (백남준) 1989 Lithograph British Museum Museum no 2001,0315,0.2

The above print is also a comment on how new media – television, was being used as a propaganda tool at the time.

Manchukuo Kimono. Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) British Museum

It is hard to see in the above image, but this Kimono is wearable propaganda, featuring images including tanks and political slogans.

Weekly Sketch – Balcony Poppies – 15/07/2013

I have been growing poppies on my balcony; I just love the way the seed head develops, such fun little rattles. I have had it in mind for a while to make a reduction, perhaps multi-plate linocut of poppies; describing their shape and movement, from flower to seed. Here are some ink sketches, just trying to formalise the shapes in a graphic way that will lend itself well to lino cutting.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Photography into Etching – Hand Colouring

I have finished a 3 day course on photo etching at City Lit taken over 3 weekends.

You can read about it here.

A couple of the prints with chine-collé weren’t working well, so I added some hand inking to see if I could get a more harmonious image. Have a look at the before and after photographs below.

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Before:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

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After:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé
Orange & Green Ink Hand Colouring

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Before:
Alhambra Courtyard Red; Orange Chine-collé

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After:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé
Blue, Orange & Green Ink Hand Colouring

(© Catherine Cronin)

What Do Artists Do All Day? Norman Ackroyd

There is a great little series on the BBC called ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’; and there is a terrific one on Norman Ackroyd; a fascinating insight into his life and printmaking process.

If you are in the UK with access to BBC iPlayer, you have three days left to watch the 30min episode on Ackroyd:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rd35q/What_Do_Artists_Do_All_Day_Norman_Ackroyd/

For everyone, the BBC web page for the series does include some clips from the episode:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rjr1d/episodes/guide

Photography into Etching Day 3

I have finished a 3 day course on photo etching at City Lit taken over 3 weekends.

It was a fantastic course; a great group to work within and an excellent teacher Anne-Marie Foster.

On Day 1 we were introduced to the principles of photo etching; the three different techniques to get source material onto transparent acetate in readiness to expose to a prepared photopolymer plate. We produced a test plate and printed it to understand the process and how to get tones to print successfully. You can read about Day 1 here.

On Day 2 I prepared one of my own artworks in Photoshop for tonal photo etching; and printed test plates. You can read about Day 2 here.

Photo into Etching Day 3: The Final Prints

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Alhambra Courtyard Final Plate

On Day 3 I wanted to try different ink colours, different paper, chine-collé, and maybe colour rolls. I didn’t have enough time to get to try all I wanted. Below are the various experiments and results. I intend to work further on some of the prints with inks; so more to come on that.

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Alhambra Courtyard Red

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Alhambra Courtyard Red; Yellow Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Red; Orange Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Red; Blue & Green Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Blue

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Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

(© Catherine Cronin)