For the past year, since September 2015, I’ve been attending a Printmakers course at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s been stimulating, fun and my fellow students have been friendly and supportive. Well, we all have been for each other, as it’s also been very intense, and physically demanding, as one of the printing presses we use is older than a similar one in the National Museum of Scotland.
The course was for one day a week and we started after an induction day playing around with drawing and intaglio plates. This was followed with a sketching day on the coast which I really enjoyed and from then on we worked in the printing studio learning the various skills on offer. The first image, ‘Stream Of Consciousness’ was made using a mono-plate for two layers then the thrird layer was with an intaglio plate.
The next, ‘Coffee percolator with Mug’ was printed with three mono plates using the colours yellow, red and green, which gave me an orange as well. Mono of course meant there was only one finished print. So a lot work for one print.
Roman Goddesses, Vindolanda’, was a screen-print made using a stencil and photographs. I don’t think I made two images the same, as I was being very experimental and made many variations using different colours as you can see by the other photos of my studio work area.
The collograph, ‘Straw Bales, Bassendean Farm’ was made using a slightly raised image using sawdust, acrylic paint, gesso, caborundum and etching ink. A very messy and dirty process but I loved the result.
Photos of my studio during construction and on some of the sunny, winter/spring days that followed when I started to occupy it.
Making the decision to get it built and getting the money together was momentous but like lots of the things I get to do, it all fell into place. 2012 was a great year.
It has filled up with paintings and equipment now but can be easily be re-arranged when I have friends round for drawing or experimental painting sessions.
It faces south, so heats up quickly when the sun is out, not so good for changing light on the still-life studies, but we have so little sun in this country we need as much as we can get!