Tuesday, 19 July 2011
A self portrait study, based on the 'dress up' photo below. 18cm x 24cm in oils, painted directly onto the canvas, no pre-sketching or planning- I was in a 'let loose' kind of mood! I finished it in one night-time sitting, with just a few touch-ups the next day. It came out rather evil & darker than I had meant it to be, I look cunning or devious! But I am happy with the glowing effect of the light colours contrasted with the dark background.
Monday, 4 July 2011
I attended a printmaking workshop at Pine Street Studios, where I learnt how to use solar plate printing. Its fantastic- there are no chemicals. The plate is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion, and similar to the way you expose an image onto a silk-screen, you use an acetate of your drawing/image and expose it under a UV lamp (or the sun). The 'dark' areas wash out in water! You then dry the plate under a blow-dryer to set the surface, and your ready to ink-up!
This is the artwork I made...