Creating a series

Creating a series is a good way of focusing your ideas and also extending your ideas. Often one idea leads to another and a series enables you to experiment, plan, play and create around these themes.

My last few Lino print have all been based around Austria as it holds a very special place for me. I also believe it is important to create art about something you care about or are interested in, as the end results are always better than if you are just creating for financial reward. Mind you, you do end up with a cupboard full of art but that’s ok too as you can see the journey that has happened with your art along the way.



The matching partner.

This is view number two. It is one of a number of apple trees that stand behind the family home in Austria. In times gone by the washing line was strung between the trees and the deer also came to feed there. The view is again looking out toward Traunsee, a little bit of artist licence because in actual fact the view is towards the mountains around Salzburg. I would like to hang them up at home, it’s just finding space. I’ll need to do some rearranging!

I hope to hang one at The Firestation print studio at the end of July when we have open days and there will also be an exhibition by Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis at the same time. So if you are in the area then please come and visit.IMG_3890IMG_3900


New Lino prints

These two Lino prints were recently completed ready for an exhibition at Firestation Print Studio called ‘Built’.

The main focus of the exhibition is for talented artist Angela Cavalieri to display her work based on the Firestation. I finally decided on the colours for the 4 level houses, I think of them as 1,2,3,4 bedroom units as there has been a lot of apartments being built in the local suburbs, something we never really had here. Where I am, next to the Yarra Valley, we don’t have much in the way of apartments yet.

The other Lino print is Assisi, not that I have been, it is on the wish list to do one day but I made it for mum. She visited Assisi as a young woman, in her twenties and she is in her eighties now. I think it would be lovely to spend sometime over there working on my art! That’s on the wish list too!

Exhibiting opportunities.

imageI am planning on using this 2 plate Lino cut to exhibit at Firestation Print Studio for their up coming exhibition 3-27 of May. It still needs some cleaning up and deciding what colours I will use but I feel quite happy with the way it is going.

It will be an extra special exhibition, as Angela Cavalieri will be exhibiting her work that she is currently researching and creating about the Firestation Print Studio in Armadale, Victoria. It was actually an old Firestation which now houses the print studio, runs workshops and is home to a number of individual and shared artist studios.

It really is a great opportunity for an artist to participate in group exhibitions like this and for the public to see a wide variety of artworks. I’m always so impressed and amazed with the work that people create. It really is such a pleasure spending time doing something creative. I just need a bigger spare room for all the work!



Art Books, Merry Christmas!

imageVery pleased to have been given these three beautiful art books for Christmas! Can’t wait to read them and pour over the beautiful pictures. The book by Bryan Angus is full of his stunning Lino prints from Scotland, oh to be that talented, I shall just have to keep working hard! I find his work is very inspiring and makes me want to try more detailed work.

The Van Gogh book is all about his Sunflower paintings and The Charles Rennie Mackintosh is full of beautiful watercolours from his time in France.

Great holiday down time and something to keep me thinking about the next project.

Gardens as Inspiration.

Artists have long been inspired by gardens and plants. We just have to think about Monet and his beautiful garden Giverny in France, providing a lifetime of inspiration! Van Gogh painted many stunning works; think of Irises, Sunflowers, Pine Trees and Dandelions and his beautiful Almond Blossom. Klimt’s art is filled with flowers and blooming landscapes. Pissarro’s work often featured simple peasant gardens and of course Matisse’s wonderful paper cut out shapes echo back to organic plant shapes. You can see these shapes in his ‘Moroccan Landscape, Acanthus’.

Still our artists use plants and gardens as a source of inspiration. Sophie Munns is a wonderful artist, inspired by the beauty of seeds. I am always impressed with the richness of variety she can achieve using these lovely yet simple shapes. Her use of colour, media and pattern is outstanding and each piece is beautiful. I am waiting to attend one of her workshops as soon as possible!

Heidi Gallery and Gardens in Bullen inspired this hand coloured lino print.

Thanks to Sophie for the use of her lovely pictures on my blog.

Lino Print Artist Book, finished!

It has taken some time to get this project done. There are quite a lot of processes to go through to create an art work.

This project started with a collection of watercolour pics and sketches for each print. I decided I wanted the pictures to be connected to each other in some way so I had to work out an element to flow through the eight Lino prints. The middle prints worked the best.

Next it was all the carving, two of them I redesigned as I wasn’t happy with them. Then a run of practise prints to check for problems, a little bit of cleaning up of untidy areas.

Finally it was time to print the final pieces which I was very happy with. The prints then sit on the floor for a few days until the ink is dry. Now I have joined them together to make a concertina book. I haven’t as yet worked out what the cover will be, but I want something special. Any suggestions?

I have another artist book on the go but this will be a mixed media piece, quite different, should have some pics for this very soon.

What’s new?

After the trip overseas, my current project is to create a Lino print artist book featuring eight different places that I visited. Some of the designs are based on the watercolour pictures I did while travelling other designs came about when I got home.

The eight pieces will form a concertina book that link together through the Lino carvings. I’m looking forward to having them all carved but I think it will take a little while. I’m finding that each block, 20×20 cm is taking some time to carve and then you have to hope that the print lives up to the original design. Sometimes you print and it can be a bit of a let down and maybe a new piece needs to be created.

Featured places include; Verona, Innsbruck, the Duomo in Florence, Litzlberg Insel on Attersee and Hundertwasser Haus in Vienna. Only 3 done so far, so plenty of carving to do!

Artist Books.

imageI am planning to put together an Artist book, mainly of Lino prints, from a holiday and have been considering size, shape and layout. I think a concertina book is probably the way to go. Not sure if I should work individual pages or go with a long piece of paper with folds. I may even mix prints, sketches and quick watercolours maybe even work some mixed media into the book. Any suggestions?

Too many options! In the end it will be like a travel journal which I think is a lovely way to remember a holiday.

These are just a couple of trial pieces just to have a play.