Weekly Sketch – Succulent – 20/03/2016


I should’ve posted these pencil drawings up last Sunday, better late than never. I like the patterned background in the second sketch even though it takes the focus from the patterned leaves. I’d like to turn this into a linocut print, I can think of a few ways to keep the patterned background from dominating the succulent.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Dandelions & Starlings – 15/02/2015

I have been playing with colour and composition for a new linocut idea, Dandelions & Starlings.

Still more work to be done here.






(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Dandelions – 11/01/2015

Sketch of dandelions in back ink using different pens and markers.  My two favourite drawing pens are a standard fountain pen and a fine permanent marker. In this sketch I also used a calligraphy square nib and a japanese brush pen (the pen body has a cavity you load with ink and a pen top you cover brush with when not in use – clever). This sketch is working  towards a new linocut print idea.
Apologies for poor photo but my Internet is down on my laptop; this is via camera phone and 4G.


Copyright of Catherine Cronin

And One I Missed; Gert & Uwe Tobias Exhibition

Sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing; it can paralyze you and then the opportunity is missed. Living in London I am so lucky with the variety of art exhibitions available at any given time; so many. I make a mental note to go to this one and that one and oh, don’t forget that other one; and before I know it they have closed. Ah thankfully there is the worldwide web, I can experience partially what I have missed. One that got away was Gert & Uwe Tobias at The Whitechapel Gallery.

My particular interest is in their collaborative woodcuts and collage pieces; often on quite a large scale for a woodcut. Their image making is vibrant, bold, thought-provoking, and sometimes refuses to be pinned-down. They flow though figurative to abstract in one piece, yet the image as a whole retains a strong identity.

Below an interveiw introducing the exhibition of Gert and Uwe Tobias; and some of my favourites from their work.

Video – Introduction to Gert & Uwe Tobias

© Gert & Uwe Tobias Untitled 2012; Whitechapel Gallery

© Gert & Uwe Tobias Untitled 2012, Whitechapel Gallery

© Gert & Uwe Tobias

© Gert & Uwe Tobias

Little Cactus Photo Etching

I took another printmaking course at City Lit taken over 3 weekends; the course aim was to support you in your own printmaking projects. As I had just completed one course on photo etching; I wanted to continue and create another print through photo etching. The first attempt at photo etching for me was successful; this second attempt was full of frustrations. I used the wrong type of transparency for image exposure to plate; an inkjet rather than a laser jet transparency; and when I finally got the plate exposed and etched, I had problems printing it. I’m still not sure what went wrong, but printmaking is all about trial and error and practice. So for my second photo etching I was only able to get a couple of good artist proofs rather than an edition as I would have liked. Here it is with chine-collé and hand inking for the background.

Little Cactus © Catherine Cronin

(© Catherine Cronin)