Traunstein, Traunsee, Traunkirchen

Usually when you finish an artwork you think, I could have done something differently, better, more carefully, but this time I am really rather pleased with this work. The Lino print features Traunkirchen on Traunsee. In the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria. The work is about 45cm by 65cm the most detailed piece I have completed. I like the detail rather than just lines but I guess different designs require different techniques. Still needs a little clean up here and there but basically finished.

Quick note, at the end of July, Firestation Print Studio will be open for Open House Melbourne, so come along and have a look how printing making happens.

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Should you specialise?

Works in progress.

Have you ever wondered if you should focus on one area of art rather than doing too many things? I have.

I love trying new techniques and learning new skills and I usually find that each new skill improves what I do in the other areas of art that I enjoy.

Some schools of thought say you should work on one thing and become a ‘master’ of that. Others suggest do what you enjoy. Take Da Vinci, he seemed to enjoy having a go at a variety of projects, although perhaps you could call him a master of all of them! What about David Hockney, not only does he paint but he also uses the iPad very skilfully to create fantastic artworks and surely his skills and knowledge in painting carry over to this other medium. A very clever Scottish based artist, Hilke MacIntyre creates beautiful ceramics, Lino prints and paintings. One of my other favourite artists, Bryan Angus is a painter and linocut artist.

Matisse was not only a painter but collage artist and printmaker. Picasso created prints, sculptures, paintings and ceramics.  There are so many artists practising a variety of mediums, why not enjoy them too.

So I have decided that if it is good enough for all these wonderful artists then it is definitely ok for me to continue dabbling in Lino printmaking, painting, collage and collagraph work. I certainly have found that each area has improved my other artworks.

New Artist Book

Have just finished a little artist book with Lino prints based on views from my garden. Each print is over printed and some also have a printed sheet of Japanese paper.

I have kept the colours very simple, just shades of turquoise and browns to reflect the layers of colour in the garden. I have also printed a plain black set that I am still deciding what I will add to them. They will probably end up in a book as well, ready for an exhibition in February at Firestation print studio that will be all about books, should be good!

Print Piazza delle Erbe

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Just finished a Lino print of Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona. It is a beautiful spot to visit in Verona with market stalls, restaurants and lovely shops. But even more wonderful are the ancient painted frescoes on the buildings along one side of the piazza.

Just a couple of minutes away is Juliet’s window but if you visit in the middle of summer expect lots and lots of tourists. Personally I really liked the Basillica of San Zeno a gorgeous church which begun in the 9th century. The doors and carvings are stunning yet somehow naive. Enjoy this beautiful town.

 

Lino print book

I have been working out how to add a cover to my Lino print concertina book and it has taken quite a bit of planning. The one here is a simple version as I would like my final one to have a shaped cover and end papers. I like all the colours that are available for book binding cloth, so much to choose from.

The Lino print is based on a painting I have been doing of Garda in Italy. Again these are just trial prints, not sure about the right hand hills or the water but I thought might as well give it a try. That’s the great thing about printing, you can try different colours or hand colour.

Mixed Media Artist Book

I have been combining paint effects, lino print and collage to make these simple artist books. It is lovely to mix different media and allow more freedom in your work.  The top book started out with colours and shapes inspired from the mangrove foreshore area in Cairns. The second little book was all about the stylised plant shapes and of course there has to be a bird or two in the picture. I think this book has more of an outback feel to it with large blue sky and warm rock formations.

Now I’m just thinking about the best way to make a cover for the books.

 

Inspiration

Finding inspiration can often be quite difficult or it can just flow. Often there are themes that will inspire me in a number of mediums and places I have been to is always a great starting point as I love working with buildings and towns.

In these paintings and lino prints I have used the city of Salzburg again and again as it is a town I know quite well and love to visit.