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Autumn Update: Mini Print Exhibition update, new Lovell prints and new works!

I’ve been very quiet on my updates recently so here a new blog on what I’ve been up to and what’s on the cards in the next few months.

Over the summer there were 2 mini print exchange exhibitions that I have entered prints into. The exhibitions have been up and running, one at ARTspace in Ontario Canada, and another at the Greendoor printmakers in Derby England. Judging by the photo albums I have seen on facebook (artspace1 artspace2 green door1) they have been a success and I hope to get down to the one in Derby before it closes. Even more excitingly I have received my print box sets back for both. I was really pleased to receive a selection of different types of prints which have been printed in a variety of methods and styles.

The mini prints that I did were always intended to be the foundation for a larger print. I have completed two variations each in an edition of 10. I completed these over the September/October period and after playing around with some colours and a few of the layers I settled on 2 colour schemes that I liked. I added a few extra layers to the sky to build up the ‘noise’ and to knock back some of the brighter colours.  I had also adjusted some of the tonal layers to be more pixelated and grainy.

It is possible that I will revisit the Lovell image at a later date and do some even larger versions in a small series of colour variations but for now I feel like I’ve worked enough on it. I have since completing these screen-prints been working on an old painting which is coming along nicely. The painting is in the ‘line’ style of two previous paintings which I have completed and will hopefully complete the trilogy. I have refined the masking tape method over time and I reckon this painting will only take me an 100hours or so of work 🙂 it is a labour of love, it’s satisfying getting very crisp lines and seeing all of the colours work together in harmony.

Another image I have been working on in my quiet times is another screen-print of a morning sunrise over Runcorn bridge. For now this project is called ‘the bridge’ and layer design is going to make it a very bold and moody piece, I haven’t yet proofed the layers but it’s going to be a lot simpler than a lot of the other screen-prints that i have done, and is going to involve building up the colours with halftones layers, I will keep you posted with some images when I have them!

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New screen-print for the International Print Exchange and Exhibition @ARTspace

When working on a new design for a screen-print I noticed an advert in the printmaking today magazine (vol22 #2 summer 2013) for an international mini print exchange and exhibition which is being held in the ARTspace gallery in Chatham, Ontario in Canada. I immediately decided that this was something I wanted to get involved with and that the new design I was working on was something I could adapt for this.

The criteria for the exhibition was to produce a edition of 10 prints with a paper size no bigger than 5 inches by 5 inches and an image size no bigger than 4inches by 4 inches. The new design I was working on is a new image part of a larger body of work, which I will eventually complete which I have decided to call ‘reach’. The ‘reach project is something that I will no doubt talk about more at a future point in time, and that is something will I have been planning for a while now.  

My screen-print design is based on an image of the Lovell radio telescope, which is located at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire in England (near my hometown of Northwich). The print for the exchange is probably the small screen-print I have done, and has definitely been a lot of fun to work on. It has presented a few challenges such as retaining the detail on such a small scale, and getting colours to mix and blend in the way that I wanted to. One of the colours I used in this image was a tw graphics rocket red which is a very bold and striking colour, I wanted this colour to come through a lot and after overlaying several colours it had been ‘killed off’ so I reprinted it again over the top of the original so it stood out.

Due to the lack of time, I did not have a chance to do as much proofing as I would have liked but I did have time to alter a few layers of the gradients I use to make the sky. I am happy with the end result, I know that I have plenty of food for thought for when completing the bigger version, such as improvements to the design and ideas on colour combinations. Below are a few images of the printing process and the final edition.

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Tulip 3 screenprint

Some images of my latest screen-prints ‘Tulip’, part of a series I started back in 2008. I had always intended to complete 3 variations, the 3rd image in this series has taken a lot longer than anticipated but I’m nearly there.
This screen-print has 6 layers of colour, the design is fairly simple with lots of the layers deliberately overlapping each other to mix and produce varied and vibrant colour schemes.

I’m aiming to print 20 variations of this image. When doing a series like this I never print what people would tend to refer to as a traditional edition i.e. repeating the same image/colours for how ever many prints. I prefer printing as many variations as I can, I like to experiment with colour and see what interesting results I get. That’s not to say everything works, quite often it doesn’t and the print will be scrapped or restarted.

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