A New Term of possibilities

Great to start back at Sudbourne Park Printmakers┬áthis week. In preparation, I’ve been working from my Cornwall sketches. My first interpretation of one sketch this week involved using drypoint etching and monotype. On the left, two printing plates (acetate) are shown. The bottom one is etched and inked in a mixture of burnt umber, process…

Simplifying

Following on from the last post, this is an example of moving on and then possibly moving too far on. I’m reminded to bring myself back to the awareness of that one fleeting moment… Firstly, in image one, the sky feels expansive, endless possibilities…Secondly, image two (and my favourite) demonstrates the delicacy and brightness of…

Realisation: Autumn Woodland

The local woodlands are still abundant with rich, striking colours. I love to immerse myself, witnessing nature as the sun rises and sets…sometimes I even sketch. It’s never a case of just what I see, it’s an impression, a feeling. Those feelings however can be so expansive and positively overwhelming that I find my work,…

Autumn Sketches

Everywhere I go there’s my small sketchbook, pens and watercolour. It only takes a few strokes to capture the moment and some additional photos. Inspiration and resources are soon abundant. Waterproof ink was used on this occasion, retaining the structure of the line when washed over with watercolour. My first sketches, below, were scribbly immediate…

Local Landscape

Latest woodcut and initial hand burnished prints. Just a few adjustments then I’ll explore the use of colour.

Etching using soft ground

Etching is a process that I’m currently exploring. The featured image is a sketch from one of my recent photos. Below are my initial attempts. There’s a great deal of experimenting and work to be done before I reach my goal with this one! The point is, try something new & work towards your goal….

New Work

by Susan Whatling New work from my garden studio this morning, freshly cut soft linoblock and hand pulled prints. For the original drawing, I used chalk on large black paper, to capture the highlights I saw on the life drawing model. Next, I photographed the drawn image, printed off a photo and traced it. The…

What makes an image?

Or rather, what is it about an image that attracts us? What do you see in this image? Maybe nothing more than blobs of colour… Recently, an artist commented on this abstract in my sketchbook, describing it as a rising temple in a mist. So, when you next consider dismissing an idea, get a freash…

Going with the flow

Drawing, painting…creating, let the idea build or just do it. Be realistic about how long something may take, set a reasonable amount of time for your goal and just begin. Every brush stroke or pencil mark is a step forward.