I have been playing around with my Lone Crow. Adding touches of paint to this print. What do you think?
This is a new collagraph plate, it has driven me a bit mad translating the carved lines from my photo in Randwick Woods in Gloucestershire. Now the varnish must dry.
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Yesterday I was watching a Brian Cox programme about the discovery of treatments for diseases; catching up on things recorded last summer! Brian Cox was describing how these days our investment in research is focused only on the cure or solution to the problem, ie discarding any negative results as irrelevant. The unfortunate problem with this is that scientists and researchers are not being given free rein to discover things by accident when inadvertent discoveries can also lead to the creation of useful results.
The permanent dye for the colour mauve was accidentally discovered by a scientist (William Henry Perkin) who was trying to create a synthetic quinine which is a cure for malaria. He made his future wealth out of producing this dye particularly after Queen Victoria wore a silk gown dyed with his creation mauveine. He failed in his original task, yet this discovery was deemed to be a success!
Essentially, both successes and also the detailed records of failures can be of great use to other research in the future.
The same could be applied to artistic endeavours couldn’t they?
I do divide my failures into those which are possibly useful to refer to in the future and rubbish definitely to be binned! It just would not be possible for me to store everything especially since switching from painting to printmaking. Photos of work in progress and experimentation can make it easier to store information, or even just notes.
I hung onto this trio of tom cats below which was created simply to test a printmaking texture. It was useful yesterday in convincing me to use a particular texture for some mountains on a new piece I am working on at the moment.
Looking for ways to describe a new format!
Reformat of a painting that had been in a different frame along with adding a pressed leaf.
A freehand machine sewn piece with words from a poem by William Henry Davies (1871 – 1940).
Sketching can be for practice, but also a bridge to keep on going from one idea to the next.
This print was taken recently from my exhibition at The Vault in Nailsworth. It is rather strange and fortunate that although I had hung the original painting which I am very fond of in the exhibition I then changed my mind and switched it for the print. There is only one print of this painting. So if you see this anywhere other than in my possession it is the one that has been stolen. It is sad isn’t it that this should have happened..?
Sometimes, or maybe even often, I produce pieces of work and dismiss them. I don’t mean to, I do not think hard about this at all, it just happens. These pieces surface at times, perhaps when an exhibition is about to begin and I start gathering things together.
My “Stepping Crane” is such a piece, having been exhibited at the Amberley Inn on our “Fish and Ships” PV night and I am pleased to say it is shortly on its’ way to a new home.