Visited a wonderful exhibition at the Ashmoleam museum, it was interesting to see how the old masters worked, I certainly need to try some blue paper, chalk and ink drawing .
An added bonus was the complementary exhibition of drawings by Jenny Saville , I love her work so full of movement and passion.
Just been sketching faces this week IHave loads of faces taken from magazines just to practice , tryong some differnt mediums wax crayons and pencils..
Dropped into a preview exhibition of portraits by Eleanor Johnson at a local gallery, some wonderful paintings made with such a carefree approach big wide brushes and running paint scratches and squeegee type strokes, I was well impressed and inspired.
not really having room for a 6 foot square canvas and a place to throw paint around I put my brushes down and pushed the paint around with my credit card.
definitely need to think about how to work with more freedom and mess.
So after a week of scratching and cutting we get to do some printing.
I was surprised by the amount of effort that goes into making a print., inking your plate and scrubbing the ink into your design, then cleaning your plate, soaking your paper and laying it all out on the bed of the press covering it in blankets and finally running it through.
it was great to get to the big reveal at the end.
I was pleased with the results and can see how artist are captivated by the process of print making.