Blue Wren Woodcut
This is my first ever woodcut, a little blue wren, sitting on an old fence post singing his heart out in the morning sun. There was a family of blue wrens that lived on our property and spent the day ruffling through the gardens looking for tasty treats to eat. They would come and watch you garden and sing and cheep away, such lovely companions.
This is the last print I did for my first relief printing class and it was a two colour wood cut. This time instead of reduction we did a two plate print. Again we had no choice in the second colour so not the colour I would have chosen. But I see this as a draft for the second lot of prints that I am currently working on. A short series of the birds that used to visit us on the property I used to live on in Castlemaine.
Blue Wren Woodcut
I enjoyed using the wood and really liked how the texture worked on the stump. Lots to think about in how to use the grain of the wood in future work. The wood also smells better than the lino.
Posted in 2013 Artwork, Printmaking
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Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist who does the most beautiful wood block prints. She has been producing art for many years, but I have only just discovered her work. Each artwork is carved from a piece of plywood using a small engraving tool after a detailed drawing straight onto the wood. After the carving is complete watercolour paint is applied, in two layers, to each area, the colour is freshened up and a single impression is made – a mirror image of the carving.
I love her choice of subject matter, she has done a range of Australian natives, still life flowers, interior scenes and kitchen still life. She has taken the ordinary and shown it to us as something special. Her clear and muted colours are beautiful and there is a lyrical quality to her work that I love.
I have saved a range of her images and am using them as my background on the computer, so while at work I can contemplate each picture as my slide show of her paintings slowly changes through the day. It may not do wonders for my work productivity, but it keeps me inspired all day.
Olive Oil and Fennel
I hope these inspire you as much as they have done me.