About mezzotint…

March 25, 2009

I was sent a question through my ebay store Printocrats about the nature of mezzotint. I thought I’d post the whole dialogue here, because it explains a little, how a mezzotint is an original print and not a reproduction method:

Q: – hi
is this created from a picture ? Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve visited Saint Ronan’s schoolthis morning to meet the headmaster William Trelawny-Vernon and his wife Emma for a sketching session. I am starting a portrait, featuring the couple. My thoughts are to make a conversation piece, to try and convey the family oriented spirit of the school. Today I made some sketches and took lots of photographs…

The building previously was a home. It belonged to the family who had the OXO gravy business, before the trust was set up and the building was given to the school. Mr. Trelawny-Vernon gave me a very quick tour around and it  is absolutely fantastically intriguing. The staff of the school all seem to be creating  a very family-like atmosphere.

A portrait commission by me will be auctioned at the Charity Summer Ball, which the school is holding to raise money for the Demelza House.  Today I made some sketches and took lots of photographs…

I came across this description of giclee as Original Art Print yet again and it made me really cross, because this is a pile of nonsense! Giclee isn’t, never was and never will be an original art, the same way as if Picasso made a doodle on the paper and faxed the image to you, you wouldn’t own an original Picasso! Read the rest of this entry »

I came across this description of giclee as Original Art Print yet again and it made me really cross, because this is a pile of nonsense! Giclee isn’t, never was and never will be an original art, the same way as if Picasso made a doodle on the paper and faxed the image to you, you wouldn’t own an original Picasso! Read the rest of this entry »

Eureka!

March 22, 2009

An hour ago I was sitting on my potty and staring at the tiny spot on the bathroom rug. It is plain cotton, off-white, at the moment moderately clean rug from IKEA.  As it often happens, the patters of the surface, specks and all, formed into something definable. (For instance, when I lived in Tashkent, on the toilet door frame the shadows of the dents on the wood formed into a Lenin’s face…). Sooo. Yes, the pattern on the rug created an animal. So cute and real it’s features were, that I draughted it immediately on the sketch-pad.

Went on working. (BTW, I just bought this SBI! thing on the net and am in the process of going through the manual. More on it later). After a while walked around the bed… Glanced at the sketch… Eureka! The winner! I am going to make it a character of a highly popular, immensely monetizable series of books!

I can see, you are skeptical. I can hear your “yeah, right…” Well, that’s up to you. But you see, that’s just how the brilliant ideas happen – you have a period of high concentration, most likely preceded by a period of uncertainty and glum. You get to the stage of near-exhaustion, and then – BAM! – you get The Brilliant Idea!

Note to myself: Remember that for my future biographers’ information… Actually, I’ll turn it into a category – FFBI! No, better “For My FBI…”

A Tale about Difference

March 19, 2009

18 February 2009

 

In my dream, a succession of events brought me to realisation, that I am in an altered state of mind.

 

I was at the vet’s. With a flower?.. With memories about a dog?.. The vet was someone I knew, but couldn’t place. The place was somewhere I knew, but it was cleaner and the furniture got changed about. By saying “furniture” I mostly mean a huge white bath, a sink and a chair. There must have been a table, which was meant to be an operating table, although it looked like an ordinary dining one. I must have addressed him with my problem. He said: – “Operate!”, and I placed the object I came with on the table and walked out into the waiting room. Read the rest of this entry »

New mezzotints

March 19, 2009

"Roses"

"Roses"

I’ve spent the last two weeks at the printmaking studio. Made a few attempts at monoprinting… Too raw. I am not confident enough with this technique yet. But it’ll change, given time. At Brenda’s studio…

However, the time wasn’t wasted at all. I am rather pleased with my 6 new mezzotints.

I asked Martin Maywood to send me random little pieces of the pre-rocked plates. He found 4. It is often very helpful to work within limits of what you have. In this case, the sizes of the plates dictated the choice of the themes and compositions. And it worked well.

The first image is a rose. Or rather two… Read the rest of this entry »