Sunday 23 June 2024

Birds of the Garden.

 I have just started on a series of bird prints, featuring the birds that I see in and around my home. Not long ago we very rarely saw magpies in the city, but these days there are dozens around on the various street nature strips. 

 The Red Wattle birds seem to have always been here in this corner of the city. They are very large nectar feeding birds, and they seem to have no idea that they are too big for some of the flower stems that they land on, resulting in lots of broken vegetation where they have been.

The very pretty little Wrens do not occur in the city garden, but are quite common in the garden of our bush cottage.

  All the backgrounds of these prints are made on the gelatine plate and I carved the birds from soft rubber and stamped them on the backgrounds, colouring by hand where necessary.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Autumn Reflections.

On a recent trip to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens I was delighted to see the wonderful reflections of the colourful Autumn foliage in the lake, just like an impressionist painting.

Some of the reflected green vegetation was also stunning when the slightest breeze blew the reflection into ripples.

                                                    What a lovely morning of photography!

Sunday 31 March 2024

Another Litle Book.

 Having made many, many gelatine prints over the last few years it's been a wonderful discovery to know that I can incorporate some of them into hand made books. There is a limit to how many can be framed and hung on a wall or offered for sale at exhibitions, so this new outlet for creativity has been so rewarding. This latest book using my prints is a variation on a Winged Book as described by Alisa Golden in her publication 'Making Handmade Books'.

              It's a little book telling the life history of a butterfly with suitable quotes throughout.

                           All the folds shown open out with more images and quotes to be seen.

                                                I've had so much fun making this little book!

Sunday 3 March 2024

Another New Project.

 Although I haven't taken photos of the rest of the book shown in the previous post, it is in fact finished!However,

I have been busy since then on other projects, one of which is a collection of postcard sized prints for an exhibition. Here is one of them, butterfly prints using the leaves of a Ginkgo tree growning in my back garden. A lot of the leaves look very like the wings of butterflies to me, so I chose some of the smaller ones and used them to print images on my gelatin plate. The background is a texture plate of open weave fabric that I made several years ago.

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Continuing Project.

Here are all 4 of the centre and side page spreads for the new book. Each long strip will be folded in half and the smaller side panels attached at each end. Unfortunately the light shining on the metallic paint has once again made the prints difficult to see, and I have also added a little bit more to a couple of the images since I took the photo.

Monday 8 January 2024

A Couple More.

I am more or less thinking of energy being broadcast from these spheres, so I am cutting rubber stamps with patterns that I can use to depict 'energy',  repeated marks such as the ones above.

Sunday 7 January 2024

New Project for 2024.

Responding to notification for an exhibition of artists books later in the year, I have been exploring some ideas for a new book. My previous entries have been books featuring insects in general and beetles in particular. Below are some preliminary prints on a completely different, and for me, unusual topic.  The book is going to be an 'expanding accordion' book, which features a little bit of sewing of spines, and I think it will make an effective display of the prints, both sides of which will be seen. 

I'm using a lot of metallic paint on the gel plate, making it very hard to photograph, perhaps scanning is the way to go.

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Butterflies Galore!

 I've loved butterflies my entire life and can never get enough of them into my art. Using a gelatine plate and hand cut collage here are 3 recent butterfly pictures.