Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Photo hand colouring

Experimenting with hand colouring.

Top image done with watercolour. The bottom one with ink. The inks are far less forgiving.

Walk to the shops

passed this autumnal vine..

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Port Jackson Press and Photospace

Friday afternoon - took ourselves off to see some exhibitions in Collingwood.
Favourite photograph show was the World Pin Hole Day exibition at photospace
Then at Port Jackson Press ... absolutely adored Martin King's work of birds.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Painting class - landscape

Work in progress.

Have a cross between a Rothko and a Constable.....

with the help of Goeff T the teacher who is being exceedingly generous in his assistance and patience.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Digital image class

Learning how to use curves in Photoshop.

Applied this technique to one of the pictures I tooks at Darebin Park lands.

I think I will use this technique to modify landscapes and insert them in city scapes.

The first roll of film I have developed

Yes, I developed this film !!! First one ever. Pretty exciting. The alchemy is fascinating.

I needed to refer to Greg to make sure I was on track - but I essentially did it myself.
Then printed the images in the dark room myself.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clay Sculpture Class

Saturday I went to a clay sculpture class - 1pm to 4pm. It was at the Moonee Ponds Incinerator Art complex. What an interesting place.

Effectively 2.5 hours (set up coffee breaks etc), with a life model( rests and so forth)

My first clay sculpture attempt.

I enjoyed it immensely and was pretty pleased with the outcome. The piece will be fired by the tutor in the next few weeks. So in a month or so I will be able to collect it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

History and Context class

Interesting class where Margot showed us a video of Jon Cattapan talking about his work. The web site was new to me
Also interesting was John N's explanation of how to apply for grants from the Australia Council and Victorian Arts Council.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Paper Negatives

Today we were introduced to the technique of creating paper negatives in the Photography class.

Using the negative strip to create a positive image on photo paper, then developing this, and using it in the enlarger to create a new image.

It gives a lovely ethereal effect.

Harks back to very early photographers who had to use it due to their technology.

Interesting exhibition at the NGA in New York

These days it is used as an 'alternative' technique.

I do like Steve Gobeils pictures on Flickr

Monday, May 12, 2008

Concertina 2D book

I have completed the first experiment for my second artists book.

It is a concertina double image. One is a dress, the other image is Mrs Beaton's advice to young ladies on suitable dresses and care for garments.

When you view it from one side you see the first image, and from the other side, the second image.

Careful folding along the vertical lines is required.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Photos from yesterday's class

I am pleased with the results of my black and white film project - the set theme is Mirrors, Shadows, Reflections.
Yesterday I began to print the whisk image at 8"x10".
Need to add some magenta filter to bring up the highlights.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Artist Book project

It is coming along. Have decided to go with the original idea of abstract landscapes.

There is a requirement for 8 pages. I am working on three in earnest at present. The brightness and contrast is a problem - inconsistencies transferring between the newer version of Photoshop at college and my home version.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Met up with Marco Luccio at the NGV.

We were drawing the Louis Duffy 'Christ evicting the money lenders'.

He suggested that we may look Tooker's work.

I Googled it but was not overly taken with it.

We talked about New York, and he suggested we look for the film Manhatta.

Manhatta was a collaboration between painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand.

It is on YouTube. And we have viewed it.

Extraordinary! What a wonderful medium YouTube is!

Also he suggested we look at the Morgan Library/Museum in New York. Definitely on our visiting list.