Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Pastures New!

Spent a brilliant weekend at Edinburgh Printmakers recently, learning Stone Lithography with Alastair Clark. Have always wanted to try this technique as it is supposed to be a very responsive medium - and so it is.

The stone in question is limestone - my favourite rock - so it was bound to be 'sympatico' as far as I was concerned!

This was the first image from my first drawing on the stone - a view of the Cuillin from Sligachan, Isle of Skye.

Some more work on the stone, including some tuche washes which needed to dry overnight.

Some more drawing and adjusting on Sunday and this was the second state of the image.

I'm off to Edinburgh again next week to spend some time in the studio, adjusting the image again and making a new stone. Can't wait!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Working in the Mountains Again

Arrived in the Val di Fiemme on Thursday 15 August. Very hot and sunny in the valley. Up to the Col Lusia on Saturday with lots of moody clouds over the mountains,- just the way I like it! The Pala di San Martino in one direction, the Rosengarten in the other - wonderful!

Made my first drawing - the view of the Pala from above Col Lusia. Cloud obscuring half of it by the end!

Back up again yesterday, Wednesday, and this time cloudless with a few clouds developing to cast lovely shadows as the afternoon progressed. Result - my first watercolour of the trip.

Took a couple of hours or so with some lovely comments from a family from Udine. The daughter is a budding photographer!

The Rosengarten will have to wait for next visit - just not enough time to do this magnificent group justice!

The drawings were made on 17 and 21 August. Apologies for the delayed posting - I couldn't get the server to upload photographs!

More to come!