Weekly Sketch – Japanese Anenome – 06/16/2015

I am working on a new design for a linocut print of a japanese anenome flower. I love growing colourful flowers on my balcony; I am fascinated by the variety of form, function and colours; the change from bud to bloom to seedhead. I am working towards doing a series of flower prints. I am cutting the lino currently for the first design I did for ‘Marigold’, which has set the tone to start the series, bold and graphic. I might try a few more variations before settling on the final design for the japanese anenome, but I am liking the bottom right image the best.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Wall Gate at Alcazaba of Málaga Part 2 – 20/03/2015

Last week my weekly sketch was a view of a wall gate at the Alcazaba of Málaga in pen. Pen is my favourite medium to draw in; and one I am most comfortable with; but I like to challenge myself because I can find out new ways of portraying things. So I have redrawn the image last week again in pen but leaving a lot of white space; and then in coloured pencil and watercolour. As you can see they are not the most impressive of images! but within them there are colours, textures and forms I like, that could all be drawn together within print form. I have included the sketch from last week too so you can see the process of making.

 

 

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Wall Gate at Alcazaba of Málaga – 15/03/2015

Last year I visited the wonderful Alcazaba of Málaga; ‘alcazaba’ meaning fortress or citadel. It is a marvellous place to visit, impressive architectural forms around every corner, and beautiful views framed by graceful arches. It is the best preserved citadel of its kind in Spain, built in the early 11th century. Here is a line drawing study of a gate in one of the walls.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Moorish Mirror – 27/01/2015

This drawing is of a Moorish style mirror bought back from my last trip to Spain. I love the arch shape and the stamped floral design in the silver metal frame. I have drawn the mirror in black marker pen and silver pencil. I am still working out what scene the mirror will reflect – a portrait? an interior? or a more hard to define image? I have cut out the centre of the mirror so that I can play with the reflected images I create.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Marigold – 04/11/2014

I am working on a new design for a linocut print of a marigold flower. I grow marigolds on my balcony yearly; I just love their golden orange colour. I want a bold graphic image to reflect the boldness of the flower. I have almost resolved the image, just a few more variations in mind and then to cut the lino and print it.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Jug & Flowers – 05/08/2014

A quick pen study of flowers and a jug; conducted after a visit to the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern. I have a long way to go in simplifying my work to such exuberant and joyful forms that Matisse gave life to in his late period.

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(© Catherine Cronin)