Monday, 15 October 2018

Oooooooooops !

 The poor child looks as if he has had a nasty accident !  The gauche paint that I had hoped would be a tone between the shiny gel medium and the unpainted mat board ended up being a much stronger resist than I expected. I'll try and sand paper it back a bit and see if that helps. Nothing however will help his poor skinny little arm ! I'm happy with the main features however.

Friday, 12 October 2018

A Bit More Difficult.

Now it's time to try a portrait for a collagraph plate, but I think that it might be very difficult given the number of tones that are present in the original photo. You can see from the picture on the right, just how the photo is divided up into areas of light and dark. Time to work on the plate and see just what can be done to produce the different areas, each distinct from the other. (the child in the picture is now over 50 years old!)

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Adding Some Colour.

I actually wanted the water to be more green than this, so next time, if there is a next time, I'll add less blue to the mix.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Pritning the Plate.

Although the print has some nice contrasts in tone, there is a little too much white around some of the 'rocks'. Perhaps the paper wasn't damp enough to get into the narrow corners.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Collagraph Plate.

 I've chosen part of a photo that I took of rocks at the edge of a lovely bush reservoir called Polly McQuin's in the Victorian Strathbogie Ranges for a new collagraph plate.
 After tracing onto mat board I coloured in all the very dark/black areas which will be cut away, leaving a rough area to take up more ink.
I'm not quite sure how I will treat the vegetation in the middle background, so it's not delineated yet.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

School Holiday Fun.

 With a creek running alongside a local park what better way to spend a morning during the school holidays than to play on the rocks, cross the creek and discover an area full of flowers.
No matter that they are all weeds, Soursob, Oxalis and some very smelly Onion weed. They all have to be picked, brought home and arranged in a vase of course.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Add a Little Metallic.

I still felt that this lacked highlights, so in I went with metallic blue, purple, silver & gold. I think that I have over done the whole piece actually, but we'll see, as I'll still keep working on it for a while yet.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Add a Little Yellow!

I decided that my 'reef' was all too much the same colour value, so I went back in with some  bright yellow ink, which I think adds a bit more zing to it. I think that there are enough darks already.