Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day 50. This was coloured in at the Ohiwa Motor camp early one morning. The camp is situated on a glorious estuary and open beach, possibly regarded as the northern end of the East Cape. The words say ' for harvest' and are actually the 49th in this series.

I should mention Celia Lister, whose beautiful calligraphy and subtle colours influenced me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 49. Away from home since early morning, this is all I have done. I do want to colour it in beach glass colours. Pencils for their control perhaps. Will have to wait and see. The words are 'for harvest'.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 48. Trying to clear up the paint palette, and working out how to have negative letters, not good, the old brain gets twisted! I must say that I am mostly enjoying this project, although my comments may not imply that. I am happy to be back regularly doing something in the studio. I think I am still following the brief, to have fun. The words today are 'another crop waits'.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Day 47. Influenced by Laurie Doctor I thought I could have some fun today. Dividing the page into sections and then trying for different textures, trying to keep the hideous colours going that I chose for this pamphlet. Once again there is not enough time. The word is in there and it's 'somewhere'. 

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Day 46. Thought I would have a go at dribbles. No lines drawn but masking took over the time. It's quite a wet procedure and I could see it going everywhere, it did, but thankfully I kept the other pages clean. The words are 'ramble on'. I lost what ever perspective I thought I had early on.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Day 45. Another one where I did not know when to stop! Oh I wish I could go back, this was heading off in a different direction. The word is 'and' and written many times over although in the poem it is only once. I wanted to use primary colours but realised that the opposing page was muted so I had to compromise. The shape is much more regular than I planned at first. Big sigh...

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Day 44. Parallel pen, old wasted ink bottle, muddy water colours, and it's starting to look like fabric. It was interesting to write the word 'appetite' backwards several times. Hardest was the p and I think that's because it was curved, and two together.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Day 45. Ran out of time to finish decorating these letters, I was going to attend to their lean to the left, and fill some of the counter spaces. If I get time later... or they might just stand as they are. The words are 'at their familiar'.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Day 44. Coloured pencils and an idea that didn't quite develop as I had imagined. I thought the overlays could have been planned for a better colour match and would appear umm... perhaps more translucent.  The word is 'smile'.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Day 43. Masking fluid is not my friend, I struggle to have any sort of success with it. Watercolour, charcoal tinted pencils. The words today are 'favourite patch'.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Day 42. Had fun with this effort, but ran into trouble wondering where to put the words! They are there, just, and say several times  'beat you to your'. I have now completed 10 folios, a total of 40 pages in various forms of lettering.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Day 41. But actually number 39 because  some have taken more than a day. Have to mention Adolf Bernd's influence executed   without his skill or artistry. The letters are 'beat', drawn in pencil and painted with watercolour.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 40.
The words are 'and deer'
I actually did a rough copy of this and then enlarged it, unfortunately I didn't check it out carefully enough and ended up with different D' and E's, an ugly R and a too wide N. Other than that it will do.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 39. I really want to colour this in like a child but I saw the various options of what could be done with it as it is and now I cannot choose. Perhaps when less rushed I will return and see what it says to me then. The word is 'birds'. There is a small error in the base counter area of the B, do I fix it or not?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 38. Trying so hard to catch up and not pleased with what I have done. This has lots of issues that I would like to have another chance at. The word is 'when'.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 37.  Last of this set of holes to respond to and I am not sure if it is finished. The words say 'if you're hungry enough'.

Day 36. I didn't spend any time deciding what to do over the holes, I should've. I couldn't work out if colour would help so left it for another day. I scanned it with a black envelope behind to show the holes up better. The words say 'can save you'.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 35. Deciding to cut out some of the page to indicate eating of letters, not knowing the effect it will have on the next two is a risk and a challenge. I do not like the way the lines take over the text and I am not sure how to change that, because it will show the letter imperfections in size and spacing. The words say 'eating one poem'

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 34. A long time ago I saw some work of David Jones and I have to say I was influenced by his beautiful letters. These words need to be improved if this pencil effort is to look better. The words are ' bring your whole life out loud to this one poem'.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 33. Not sure about this yet, I can see more to be done to it - there is no time. The words are ' bring your whole' with Indian ink and charcoal.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 32. Why do I say to myself when finished, I would do it differently next time? I think my mistakes are not seen in the beginning, only when the colour is on. This means I need to do a mock copy first, or get better at fixing mistakes. The words say 'the ground you walk upon'.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 31. I still haven't got time under control. Happier with this idea but needs lots of fixing. The words are 'let your reading of it teach you what sort of creature you are and the nature of the groun'...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 30.  I was pleased with this in the beginning, until I suggested to myself to make a stencil. It got more and more out of kilter. The time was passing, the longish process could have been much quicker, I didn't print this but drew around the lines and filled in with my tech pencil. The words say 'teach you'.
Added later: The fixative I used caused the ink on the reverse to shadow through the paper - annoying. I shall have to come up with a solution to hide it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day  29. I cringe and shrink away from owning this. Thinking to use up some inks, and my choice was, well just say that I am not into these colours. None of the tests indicated that the ink would bleed, not over the pencil or the underlying letters, but it did. I still had options, over painting with gesso or sumi and starting again. From experience I know if things aren't going well - put the project aside for a while. The words are 'your reading of it'.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 28. It has taken me several days to get to this stage. Full of promise in the sketch mode, then lost the plot with the positioning of the colours. I was rushing because I realised time was getting away from me. I like the colours although some of the pencils were too hard for the paper at this time of year. The word is 'Let'. There is no focus, no reason, no where to go for the eye.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 27. An update on day 14. Have to mention Walter Rast, I have been obviously influenced by his style. This of course makes it even harder to read. Might do another hour or two later on.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 25. A small hand cut stencil saying, 'spill over your tongue'. I did two impressions the same and the third one is turned over upside down. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 24. I had an idea for this word 'juice' 
but I couldn't find my water soluable 
crayons. They had better be contrite 
when they turn up or else. It reminds me
I am growing old and one of my pet 
peeves is not knowing where my gear is.
I wanted a really loose sketch and 
substituted water soluable pencils, 
taking a scan before spraying. I know
it's impossible for me to go backwards.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 23. I should have left this alone after the initial pen lettering. By adding the colour I throught it would be more readable, cohesive and perhaps sympathetic with the opposing page, none of that happened. The words say 'chew it's pulp. Let it's'.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 22. Not keen on using red with purple but wanted to continue with the colour started on the previous page. Happy enough with the way the words fitted into the shape although Martin struggled to read it cold turkey. The reversed S was a design choice that I am not sure works, the centre word could be moved right a tad. The words are 'so put a poem upon your lips'.