Still here!! Designing a new linocut…and the use of computers…

Yes I am still here and working hard! Horrible weather here for days – raining, windy etc.. but lovely and sunny today. I know the rain is great but it gets a little damp after more than a few days. On the other hand – inside in the warmth drawing/designing and making warm chicken and vegetable soups etc….is rather nice….

I am working on a design based around waratahs…we have 2 quite large local plants which flower really well each spring/summer. One is a roadside planting – mind you the people that live there wondered what this odd person was doing drawing and photographing the waratah – had to explain myself yet again! One of the funniest things was doing a similar thing outside a local farm with the farmer coming to check out what I was doing – “just drawing and photographing the scotch thistles (a weed!), do you mind if I pick some them from your property?” was greeted with laughter indicating their great amusement at this weird fascination with a weed! She walked away shaking her head…

Waratahs black and white linocut

Anyway finished the drawing yesterday and have been blocking in the B&W and adjusting the design. The computer can be handy in the designing process – you can scan in parts and using photoshop (or something similar) move bits around and try out ideas. An example of this is the use of photoshop to get an idea of the colour tonal values in this new ‘Waratahs’ design. Basically the central waratah will be deep rich colour and the outside leaves will be pale washes of colour – I think they would be paler than here and not this particular green (basically hate both the greens in this photoshopped version but as I said they are only about the tonal values)! The ‘background’ central flower is black and white patternwork essentially. Although the colours I’ve used in the colour image shown here are really nothing like how it will look – the idea of the deep red/green tone and the pale tones helps me in looking at adjustments I may consider or make in the design.

Waratahs Colour Tone Linocut Design

I try and take some time ‘thinking’ about the designs – though as in the case of this design sometimes I leave or get deadlines that make this hard which can be frustrating. I have been watching the Rolf Harris portrait series on the ABC with my youngest son and I noted last night there was made mention by the artists of the ‘thinking time’ in working on artworks. Not too long on this one though as I need to get carving the lino as soon as possible…

Copyright – Lynette Weir

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