Archives for August 2011

Printmaking Show next week

I seem to be a little slow coming back from holiday-mode and now quickly approaching is a show I am participating in next week.  (fortunately my work is framed and ready to hang!).  Here is the poster for The Place Where We Live by members of the Ground Zero Printmakers Society in Victoria.  Our show is being held in the gallery at the new Cedar Hill Art Centre located in the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre on Cedar Hill Road and North Dairy Road. 

 There has been a date change since the design of this poster.  The show is being installed Thursday September 1 and runs until Wednesday September 28.  The opening is Friday September 9, 7 – 9 pm.  I hope you will be able to come and meet the artists and see the diversity of work produced by our society.  I will have four pieces on display that have been taken from the 90th birthday project I wrote about in July.

 You will have another opportunity to see our show at the grand opening of this new art centre is on Saturday September 10, 11 am – 3 pm.  There will be hands-on demos so you can bring you family and friends and try some printmaking techniques!

Unforeseen Circumstances

This fall I am part of a show at Collective Works Gallery in Fernwood (just down the road from me) with Cheryl McBride and Alice Young.  We met over the weekend to discuss the show and share some of the pieces we have been working on.  The title of the show is Unforeseen Circumstances.  Here’s a short description; Looking backwards and forwards three artists will present their personal reflections on how our lives can change under unforeseen circumstances. The image above is a detail of one of my pieces for the show.  I lost my sister, Sandy, who was 17 months my junior, close to 30 years ago.  Her death was a tragic accident that devastated our family and close friends.  When my father telephoned to say she had been in a serious accident and to pray for her, I began reciting the Hail Mary to myself over and over and over again.  I have chosen to recall the haunting details surrounding her death to be included in the piece.

I enlarged a photograph of Sandy as a child and printed it in black and white onto Usukuchi paper, a thin translucent Japanese paper, and adhered it to BFK Rives paperUsing an HB pencil I began writing around and around the sheet until it framed the photo.  My memories from the days surrounding her death are woven between the lines of the prayer. A wash of quin nickel azo gold covers the grainy photo.  Loose brush strokes of a thinned wash of permanent violet dark are painted over the words and a mixture of quin nickel azo gold and green gold was poured from the top and allowed to drip down over the photo. This will be glued to a wood cradle and coated with several layers of medium for protection.  To find out more about this piece and the others for the show, plan to come to our opening on Saturday, September 24, 2 – 5 pm!

Etching Workshop at GZP

A few weekends ago I took an etching workshop with Alain Costaz at the Ground Zero Printmakers Society studio in Victoria’s Chinatown.  To date I have only done drypoint on zinc or copper plates.  It appears you must have lots of patience to use these three methods:  hard ground, soft ground and sugar lift.  The soft ground method gives a sofer look such as that drawn with a pencil.  The hard ground method gives a finer, cleaner line and the sugar lift is more painterly looking.    There are many steps to all three methods; preparing the plates, coating, drying, drawing, acid bath, inking, printing, and on!  This print was produced from a hard ground etching.  I applied burnt umber first then Alain helped me roll out orange and hansa yellow light on the glass plate with a brayer until the two colours merged then rolled it over the burnt umber.  What a lovely result!  The little scratches weren’t intentional yet add some interest surrounding the feather.  Now to get back into the studio to practice these new techniques.  Thanks Alain!  P.S. Check the GZP site to see if there are some photos from this weekend (see side bar).

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