Friday, 28 January 2011


I attended an ASOC (Artists Society of Canberra) Summer School two weeks ago and studied printmaking with Jo Hollier.  A week learning new techniques and ways of working and building on  previous skills was an excellent experience.  We all chose our own subjects and this meant a great variety in the prints we made.  Some  prints were done entirely by hand, and others made by putting through a press.  We made monoprints, linocut prints, woodblock prints, drypoint etching and collagraphs.  Usually it is very hot and the paper dries out too quickly (which we sometimes need to use damp) but this time it was so cool and wet we had trouble drying the shellac on the collagraph plates so we could make prints.

Here are some photos of our classroom and our displays on the last day.

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Printmaking Summer School
Some of my work on display on the last day linocuts, woodblock prints, collagraphs and monoprints. (Three were from a previous workshop)

Printmaking Summer School
Linocut prints - mine is the large one on the right - Eucalyptus Caesia flowers

Printmaking Summer School
Other students work on display

Printmaking Summer School
Drypoint etching of my two dogs Rosie & Daisy

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Landscape Abstraction

The photo of Tasmanian forests was made many years ago by the late Peter Dombrovskis.  It was part of a calendar and I used it for inspiration to try painting an abstraction of landscape.  In a couple of weeks I will be starting a painting class again with Michael Winters - called "Landscape - one step further" which will be looking at abstraction to some extent.

Tasmanian forest photo

Landscape abstraction