Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Left Handed Journal entry. On the way to Miranda. Leftover watered down sumi ink, brush, charcoal tinted pencils, folded aluminium pen, all put over a previously brayered page with left over water based ink.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Journal 52 prompt number 11, stars. I allow myself one hour of time for these journal projects each week. If drying is needed I remove that from the allotted time. This one is 6 layers of acrylic black, blue and green,waiting in between to dry, the New Zealand constellations drawn on top with a roller ball pen, more waiting, then the awkward phrasing drawn with water soluble crayon, page then sprayed with a fixative and splattered with white acrylic and dabbed dry.  No time to rework the phrasing. I suppose it's good to have something to go back and fix or redo, distance might give me a better perspective.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Journal 52 Number 10, the prompt is create for a cause. I dissolve into a heap when I see sharks having their fins cut off and then being unceremoniously dropped back into the sea, I am deeply saddened by dead fish caught in illegal nets, I turn away when I see dolphins being slaughtered in Japan, or seal pups killed in the snow. I can hardly keep control of the tears as I type this, I have no idea why I am so vulnerable to the inhabitants of the sea. There are children and women who are starved and battered, young men who never grown up because of war, the world is a sad place because of what we allow to happen.
Charcoal and coloured pencil

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Journal 52 number 8, found language. This is quite complicated for me. A list of people I know of, just some of them, acting as a barrier or fence to my world. I am on either side,  sheltered from both. Stepping sideways, around could be a solution.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Journal 52 number 7 and the prompt is colour. I started with a magazine image, tore it up and glued it wrong side down, before dry I pulled it off, leaving small scatterings of the image and some paper. Then I glued the piece down with the image I wanted facing up. The colours I chose to use with this are Schmincke Delft and Turquoise, afterwards I added some gesso and watercolour, finally a few pencilled words about the place. It was a small harbour in a southerly storm in Southland. The words went like this. A seagull's view might be of an incomplete circle, the gap throttled with rounded granite anchors to the land, flying airborne spray carried to dampen everywhere the wind went, the birds wheeled and wheeled away. The fishermen indoors, hunkered down, just their chimneys, catching spinning and rocking were moving. The boats were on the slips because we had storm warnings.I liked being part of it, how did this harbour work, where was the channel deep. The sun came out between each squall defining distance against the navy blue background. I wanted to wait until high tide.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Playing with Sketches number 7 Cutting paper which is closely related to Etrecissement. I found an article that I couldn't bear to throw away (on sculptor Manuel Neri's work), I could hardly bear to cut it up. A bit sad. This acts as one page but it has many windows through to more images underneath. Areas were simulated to look like the work surface and coloured to over come areas I didn't want to show. Interesting and quite taxing for me to do. It is unfinished, I have to pack for an expedition down south, maybe when I return I will continuing experimenting.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Journal 52 Number 7 prompt is 'your dream job', or thinking back to when you were a child, 'what did you want to be'. I wanted to live in a light house and still do. It is a dream not a plan. The sea with it's tidal rise and fall, calm weather and more especially storms, bird life, passing boats, coping with a restricted life, managing with what you have, isolation, marine life, fishing, unrestricted horizons, loneliness, service - are some of the things that come to mind.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Journal 52 continues. Top J52 no 1 - I have tried to improve by adding the stencil to the picture, I am tempted to add a kite string the the bottom corner. It wouldn't really be visible but someone looking for clues might find it. Bottom J52 no 6 - the prompt is 'the lost art of love letters', I tell the story of my parents with a little embellishment.

Friday, February 14, 2014

I have made fences in the past and to my surprise they are still standing. There is something reassuring about a fence, defining an edge. This is a drawing (with the brushes application for my iPad) of the supplies and some of the tools I would have used. This is the 5th ap. trial - basic but not enough. (Bit like my knowledge of this tool.)

Thursday, February 13, 2014




Everyday Matters # 112 Draw something fresh. I might be foolish considering my abilities but as I am away for a week I might take my iPad to put in some play time and see what I can do with the various aps I have.  I don't remember how to open them let alone use the tools offered. These five minute trials this morning are the very start. I still have a Brushes  ap to discover.





1.  Sketch club - took me a while to open and find tools, had lovely mark makers, full colour choice, ran out of time.







2. Bamboo Paper - easier to open - limited colours, mark makers still to be explored fully, ran out of time.







3. 53 Paper - interesting colour palette, I found it a little limiting, 
easy to use and find tools. 







4. Procreate - full colour choice, still to discover tools properly, offered more features, I did not know what I was doing!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

EDM # 111 Draw a bowl. This page in my journal has been started several times and the paper surface is quite degraded so it is a satisfying moment to pass onto a fresh page. A long time coming and in the end I just had to grab the pencil and settle for what ever developed.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Journal 52 number 5. Abstract inspiration. I started with the negative spaces of No 2, the brown paper cut outs from the stencil. I glued them randomly on the paper, rolled a brayer loaded with ink over them and then printed with the press. After a while the ink dried and then I started shading in the shapes to make something I saw as real. It seems to be huts, boats and animals. The shapes were interesting to work with especially as the printing process made them less identifiable. This is out of sequence because the earlier numbers are too wet to scan yet. This was fun to do as I had no preconceived expectations.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Journal 52 number 4. Building a character.  There seems to be a cultural trend in NZ for women to wear black, a colour which I have avoided wearing all my life. I associate it with death. I think the tendency to wear black is perhaps to disappear or fade into the group. This post has a geography of a place like mine, the harbour, the bar, the elders, a marae and urupa, steeped in history. Over coming loss is character building and one of life's biggest tests. Crushed brown paper, acrylics, and crackle paste.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Journal 52 number 3. Something that makes you smile. Three canaries on a water slide did it, this isn't them. Halfway through this prompt I decided to leave it unfinished until I had the inspiration or staying power to improve it. Crackle paste, acrylics, binder medium. It's a bit scary I think.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Journal 52: Number 2. Somewhere, someplace, is the prompt. I chose the edge as a place and drew up a stencil with my words and cut it out through several layers of brown wrapping paper. Printing with water soluble inks and the press. Filling in a few negative spaces with water colour and a paint brush. I am happier with this than no 1.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Journal 52: Number one. Hmmmm. Seems to be carrying on from rummage, yes, I did use the same template yet again but spreading a skimpy layer of Golden Gel Fibre paste and then impressing the cardboard down into it. This is another new project for a year long program. More of a play or a trial of different materials and products. Hopefully I won't get serious. This one I am not thrilled with - yet. The prompt was Up, Up and Away. I used printing inks on a brayer, graphite, water colour and neocolor II crayons.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Playing with Sketches, number 5. Using a simple candle, a cardboard stencil (see right) and some paper - I experimented to see what would happen. Yes, the stencil caught on fire even after dampening, the paper nearly scorched through (the ochre colour is where this happened) I did two straight into the journal and the heat marked the reverse. It took a while to find the best position for distance between candle and paper, getting the drifting smoke without flames. Even the fixative spray changed the density of colour.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

 Playing With Sketches. Exercise 4 Dry Brush.



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Not to Scale. Six more small pictures, running from July last year to today, progression is slow as it evolves. All sorts of influences appearing. I seem to have lost the map lines somewhere. Just a token in the bottom corner. The scale is small, the notebook is 15cm high and 21cm across the centrefold or gutter.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

After reading Tina Mammoser's post click here about her latest app, Bamboo Paper, I decided to see if I liked it. Most of my drawing apps are the free variety, Brushes, Procreate, Sketch Club and Paper and I agree that it seems much easier to choose the options with BP. I have an older iPad. You aren't forever looking to find what it is you want to do. The others all have various strengths, colour mixing, layers, tools and ease of use. I suppose it's what appeals and how well it does the job. I have really only dipped my toe in. So I will try and do some sketching around home and post them here, print them and bind them into a tiny book to go into my fruit box of books. I regret already that there is no original drawing, something I will have to get my head around.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Exercise 3. Rubbings or Frottage. The end is disappointing and I am struggling to explore further. I used some rice paper and started with the guard of my desk fan, and used a Derwent tinted charcoal pencil, it was too hard and the paper only just survived the rubbing. Using a sewn picture I tried rubbing a soft pastel over a couple of the elements, easier on the paper but just a blob really. Out in the garage I tried the embossed lettering on several of the larger pieces of engineering equipment then into the kitchen for a pair of scissors. Nothing was interesting yet. A plastic stencil of the letter f for frontage, a string bow off a christmas gift. Dreadful. Finally a paint brush to try and  bring out something worthy, but no. The original element was OK, the string showed promise and the water-colour could be helpful. There are options to change tools and paper and select different subject matter. I shall gather my confidence and try again later. 
Added :- 6th Jan 2014
In the post came a precious handmade card using just this technique, I am filled with hope and excitement, already planning to make a whole small book.
Added :- 11th Jan 2014 Was warned by a friend about throwing the word frontage around as it has several meanings and I was told to look it up, so I did, gulp. Hushed tones now.

Friday, January 03, 2014


Exercise 2. Random textures, I spent most of the time sorting out my tools for this one and have several still to find and try, so I can add them to the bank of marks. I was torn between making each square the same so I could compare like with like but ended  up doing what I felt like. It's another option should I repeat this later.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Exercise 1. Drawing parallel lines, I thought I would like to go back to basics and chose Playing with Sketches, 50 exercises for designers and artists - I don't consider myself either of these but will enjoy the journey, no pressure. Loved the simple pages of graduating lines offering opportunities for perspective, writing, imagination etc.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A small stitchy picture from a workshop I took last weekend. Most needleworkers, embroiderers or stitchers might thing this was a mock up test piece, but no, this is my finished piece. It does have to be bound on the edges and perhaps if friends give me advice I might try and improve it. I used a  retired pillow case from before WWII (ragged and frail), right up to a modern pillow case that was shortened to fit a buck wheat pillow. Some pieces from another workshop with Marianne Hargreaves, oh many years ago, and some trials of mine of printing on silks. It might make the cover of a sample book. We'll see.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Number 93, 94, and 95 a&b of the 100 days project. Left is a screen print using some very heavy textural objects, the ink stood up and them slowly collapsed and went right through the paper. With my palette knife I removed it all except that which had stained or gone into the paper. The piece could be improved with some pen work with lines of varying thickness. Second from the left is a collagraph with cardboard and fibre, this collapsed during printing as I had the press wound down too hard. 95 took a long time to cut out from corrugated cardboard and the print block looked interesting. Once again even after the experience from printing 'a' the cardboard collapsed. I was disappointed in the end result.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Numbers 90, 91 and 92 of the 100 Days Project. This time I found my really, really old home made screen printing frame. With torn paper from a phone book and Akua ink (neither really suitable) I played around. The ink is taking days to dry and has not made it yet.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

100 Days has finished but I have not. Our house needed painting inside and that meant we needed to remove the furniture so that just a shell remained. Done. That was the excuse for non-completion within the time limit of 100 days. I will continue. Numbers 85 t0 89. First two are solar prints, third is aluminium etched plate, fourth and fifth are acetate dry point prints. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Winter ills abound and these small prints are about the right size to make in my reduced state. Top row 3rd from left is not my plate but I did print the image. A collection of solar relief and etched (acetate and aluminium) efforts.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Prints from 69 to 73, the 100 days NZ project continues and now I am on the downhill run. Lace, fish skin, multicoloured inking, greasy crayons, stencil repeats. To see the link to the project click The last one is after reading about Imber near Salisbury, a town taken over by the military for weapon and manpower training.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Printing experiments from day 62 to 68, (there are 4 from day 64) which are continuing the project 100 Days NZ. Left to right, top row: Cliffs and vegetation, Cliffs and ocean, woodcut 1, woodcut 2, woodcut 3, lower row: woodcut 4, Is this my heart? Tree frog, Asher, Mary, and Haast Pass.