Wednesday, April 30, 2008

As I walked out

this morning to do some shopping, there were leaves on the path

Friday, April 25, 2008

Artist book - initial thoughts (one)

There are two 'themes' I am looking at. The first is scanned clothes.
Scanned in colour, then set to black and white, then filled with colour,contrast then adjusted.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Drawing exercises

It has been too long between drawing. Have been distracted by my History ans Context assignment.
But I am getting back to it.
Copy of Megan Evans' lithograph, and a bee from The Anatomy of Insects and Spiders

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Art Show at the Exhibition Building

Spent Saturday afternoon browsing through the Art Fair.

It was worth while going to see Port Jackson Press artists.
Have put these in my list of artists I must remember

Belinda Fox Jason Benjamin Adrian Kellett
Louise Thomlinson
In particular I like Belinda Fox's work

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sketching at the NGV

Sketching in the Oceanic section of the NGV. The shadows in the gallery are great - by the end of the 2 hours I felt I knew these statues quite well!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Australia Pacific Print & Printmaking Database

What a wonderful discovery.
I have spent days and hours in the State Library, at the women's art registry and on the web, looking for a lino cut created by Ailsa O'Connor in 1954.

I was about to give up when I stumbled on this site.

The information on the site says it all!

Prints and printmaking Australia Asia Pacific provides a gateway for information on printed images from Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The focus of the site is prints and printmaking by artists from Australia, Aboriginal Australia, the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, Maori and Pakeha Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region including , New Caledonia, Nuie, Samoa, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands. The site also includes references to prints and printmaking in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Based on the Australian print collection at the National Gallery of Australia there is free online access to over 22,000 images. The databases can be searched by artist, subject or print techniques such as etching, woodcut, wood-engraving, linocut, lithograph, screenprint, monotype and other print related processes such as posters and artists books. Index to online information on printmakers, print workshops, print publishers, print galleries and public and private collections.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Drawing at NGV

Attended a class at the NGV with Marco Luccio.
We drew The Banquet of Cleopatra.
It was extremely challenging. It is always amazing to realise what you do not see initially.
Here is a detail from the massive picture.

Painting update - scumbling

This was particularly challenging - one night to master "scumbling".

Fruit platters were the subject.

I had to touch up the images after class, at home.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Beautiful Artists' Books

Our major Digital Images assignment this semester is to create an artist book.
The number of formats is almost overwhelming.
I have created a new link list to lovely artist books.
Over the next few months I will add some links. It is hard to choose.
I hope that mine will be as gorgeous as some of these. This is an example from

Artist Books by Anselm Kiefer!

I have just discovered a wonderful blog which reviews a book about Anslem Kiefer's artist books. The book is called Anselm Kiefer Books 1969-1990.
The blog is here
Complete with some samples of the book.

Digital Images Class

Back at NMIT after the Easter break.
Tonight we are looking at Catherine Campbell's site and updating our own blogs.
Catherine is our teacher.
I have had a look at the links on Catherine's blog and liked these images from
In particular these:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Marco Luccio Opening

Attended Marco's opening last night. Interesting to see the new directions he has taken off in. Some collage and more ink and watercolour washes combined with drypoint.
Am besotted with the pictures of the flatiron building.

Visit to Temple Gallery Sorrento

April 1st- we drove to Sorrento to see the mezzotints by Avati at the Temple Gallery.
When we arrived we realised that the gallery is only open on Saturdays and Sundaya. Otherwise it is by appointment.
So I rang the mobile number on the door, and fortunately the owner Renee, was able to pop over and open up for us - for half an hour. And what a half hour treat that was!!!! Avati's mezzotints were superb. What an honour to have a private viewing.
He was mentored by Chagall, and began his mezzotint work during WW2 when he was in Paris in the dark.
So greatful to Renee for letting us see the show.