Wednesday, 27 April 2011

More solarplate etching: Lhasa, Tibet

After I saw how much detail the solarplate etching technique picked up from photographs, I wanted to find out whether it work as well with my drawings.

I chose two drawings out of my sketchbook from Tibet, created a transparency, and then etched it onto the photopolymer plate.

Lhasa, Tibet: Solarplate etching

Lhasa. Solarplate etching, A4. Click for bigger version.

Again, the plate has picked up every detail of the original image. The top drawing, of Barkhor Square, was drawn in pen and ink; the bottom one, of the Jokhang temple, was in pen and ink, with watercolour washes. All the lines and tones are there.

I then printed the plate again in dark blue and red.

Lhasa, Tibet: Solarplate etching

Lhasa. Solarplate etching, A4, second version. Click for bigger version.

My plan had been to cut the plate to create two etchings, but I think I prefer the two images together.

It's difficult to clean the solarplates when inking them, so there's quite a bit of plate tone left. (If anyone knows how to get the white areas whiter, please let me know!)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Monday, 25 April 2011

Exhibition panoramas

Panoramas of the London Road Group exhibition at the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre.

Exhibition panorama

Exhibition panorama

More information about the exhibition: londonroadgroup.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Solarplate etching: Paseo del Prado, Havana

Because I had nothing better to do last week, I went on a course at the Ink Spot Press in Brighton to learn solarplate (photopolymer) etching.

Unlike tradition etching, photopolymer etching uses no acid, no wax, and no sticky smelly stopout varnish; produces no fumes and no dust; and doesn't turn your hands yellow. In short, it's safe.

The plate is etched by projecting ultraviolet light through a transparency of your design onto a polymer-coated aluminium plate. The light hardens the exposed polymer; you wash the plate in water, removing the soft parts, and revealing the etched lines. You then print the plate in exactly the same way as a traditionally etched plate.

Photopolymer etching seems to be promoted primarily as a means of creating etchings from photos, so my first plate was based on one of my photos.

Havana: Solarplate etching

House on the Paseo del Prado, Havana.
Solarplate etching on paper, approx A4.


I chose this photo from my trip to Cuba because I wanted to see how much detail the etching method would pickup. Compare it with the original photo:

House on the Paseo del Prado, Havana

Almost every detail!

Then I printed the plate in different colours.

Havana: Solarplate etching

Havana: Solarplate etching

Havana: Solarplate etching

This last one shows one of the problems with solarplate etching: if you cut the plate to size by using a Stanley knife, the polymer coating can split from the plate at the corners, leaving a gap into which ink creeps, and then spills out when you print.

More pictures later.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Drawing at Nymans

At last, a change from painting Ashdown Forest. A warm sunny day spent at Nymans Gardens in West Sussex. First, I drew the ruins of the house, and then crossed over to the wild garden.

Nymans

Nymans

Pen and ink on paper, each approx A5.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Ashdown Forest: Last of the sun

The last of the sun going down over the hills catches the edge of the bracken.

Ashdown Forest

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 cm.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Exhibition ready to go

Here are pictures of the final hang for the London Road Group exhibition, just before the crowds rushed in for the private view at 6pm.


Richard


Lynn


Marina


Caryl


Sheri


Liz


Karen


...and Michael: Last to finish, as usual. Just managed to hide the hammer, tape, cardboard boxes, carrier bags, nails, and bottle of water before the public arrived.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ashdown Forest 4

Dusk comes early to the forest hills as autumn draws on.

Ashdown Forest

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 cm.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Preparing for the exhibition

We spent a happy afternoon arranging the exhibition, which opens on 22 April, 2011 at the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre, East Sussex.

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Preparing for the exhibition

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Ashdown Forest 3

A sunny afternoon in early Spring cut short by storm clouds moving northwards from the English Channel and across the downs.

Ashdown Forest

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 cm.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Ashdown Forest 2

Another painting for the Ashdown Forest exhibition. Dark clouds at the end of a late autumn day. Sheets of red bracken stretch up to the horizon.

Ashdown Forest

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 cm.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Ashdown Forest 1

Our exhibition at the Ashdown Forest Centre opens soon. Next week. It's about time that I got on and did some work for it. Here's the first of my paintings.

Ashdown Forest

29 July, 2pm. Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 cm.

The dominant feature of the Ashdown Forest landscape is not the trees -- it's not that sort of forest -- but the wide horizons and arching skies.

For more information about the exhibition, click here.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Life drawing

Drawings from our latest life session.

Life drawing

Life drawing

Five minute poses.

Life drawing

Ninety minute pose, pencil on paper.

Life drawing

Fifty minute pose, pencil on paper.

I liked one of the quick sketches so much, that I "painted" it in Photoshop later.

Life drawing