Casein Collage - a print made from pouring Casein (milk-based ink) on to glass, over which is placed the paper. The results of varying textures depends on how thick or thin the consistency of the ink. Manipulation of both paper and ink and colours can achieve interesting abstract images, even before collage is considered as a way of creating a significant form.
I called this water colour of an iris The Bartered Bride - I am sure someone will come up with a Freudian interpretation for this conjunction of ideas! Including the fact that it was photographed, beautifully framed by my daughter, hanging over the fireplace, unavoidably reflecting the ceiling fixture.
Of course, Sarah's friends immediately think she owns a Georgia O'Keeffe painting! However, during my water colour painting phase, I was not consciously thinking O'Keeffe. At the time, I was taking a course in water colour painting, offered by an Asian artist, who insisted that we first handle the flowers themselves to feel and understand their structure.
So, the 'still life' consisted of a bunch of much handled cut flowers spread on a table - leaving us to create the still life. I could not keep an expressive form from the final pieces, as seen in The Dandelion. And, being a former tabloid reporter, the habit of provocative titling remains an irresistible addiction.
When a teenager, I was a self-taught water colour painter, and was often called upon to make posters for shopkeepers.
The dandelion will grow anywhere and reflect whatever is in the soil that nurtures it. It grows from early spring to late autumn. Drastic measures are inspired to curb its proliferation,
a plant-type monster that swarms gardens, fields and paving with its flying seed-vessels
At one point I saw it as a metaphor as
a Dandy Lion because of its immense flamboyant nature! Then I read that this plant gets its name from the shape of its leaves. They look like a blunt arrow head with a white line running up the centre. The edges are cut up into huge teeth which are said to resemble the teeth of a lion. Hence, Dandelion.
or, as the Sun and Moon: the large yellow flower-heads made up of a great many separate little flower tubes, and the ball of starry down said to be one of the most beautiful things in the flower world.
This watercolour (Size: 30" x 40" framed) came about because I was thinking about the effects of Global Warming and how nature is forever transforming itself - adapting not only to what mankind puts into the soil, but also to evolutionary changes that occur as the world turns.
This print, made from driftwood, already shaped on one side to suggest a torso, was executed on a Harold Wright press bed size of 30" x 48". The rice paper was folded to include a second shape to mirror the original shape on the right hand side. Similarly, for the left hand side, the shape was reversed (exagerated) to complete the torso illusion.
JANUS - looking backwards and forwards is a Janus trait - for me a way to record the "in between thought", whether in retrospect, or as a notion for the future.
I make original prints, currently etchings. I sometimes write and take photographs. I am inspired by what I see and read.
Although postings are chronologically recorded by date and time in this protocol, the images exhibited, often seen in different stages of production, are from another time. So, with each new posting, earlier postings can undergo revision or amplification as will be noted, or requested.
The addition of a SNAPSHOTS Blog and a VIRGINIA WOOLF Blog are included because my different interests tend to influence what I do as an artist. There will be a Family Blog, too, for the same reason.