Sunday, 31 August 2014

Grey Challenge

 

Below the Surface


 
 
I am choosing to use two  pieces that are on display in my solo show for the challenge as the time has flown by for me this summer. They are both collograph prints, which get their texture and line from a rubbing plate, made by drawing into fine pumice gel with the flat end of a square stick. The plate can then be used for printing or rubbings and any other combination of techniques you may desire. Thin acrylic wash is added in layers to fabric (top) or mulberry paper (bottom) that has been sprayed with a fine mist. The first composition is simple but works as both a  landscape of sorts or as an overview of pods or vessel shapes in close proximity. I like how the pumice stone gives a grainy texture to the print and that this one sold at my show.
 
 The second uses greys  made from mixing ultramarine, burnt sienna, and umber to get both warm and cool variations that work well with their more saturated family members.

 

9 comments:

  1. As much as I like the second piece, it's the first one that really reads as "grey" for me. Love the the hints of texture and the sensation of depth.

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  2. The first piece really 'pushes my boat out'. I see the sea/landscape and boats and am not surprised it sold - I would have been tempted. I also like the grainy texture of the pumice stone. Super piece full of atmosphere and a bit of mystery.

    Hilary

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  3. I too prefer the first piece. It is very atmospheric - the hint of boats on a cold, grey morning, possibly seen through stormy rain - is very compelling.

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  4. I think we are all in agreement and love the first piece. As has been said the atmosphere about this one is quite special.

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  5. I like them both, they are quite different but the first is more obviously 'grey'. I admire the terrific result you get with your procedure.

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  6. I like the top piece too - atmospheric and moody.

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  7. I too like the first one the best - lots of atmosphere and love your technique. Speaks of so many things. Really great.

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  8. The first one says stormy day to me and the second is sunny summer weather. Both are beautiful!

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  9. I love them both, The first one is so atmospheric and I think it better fits with the colour grey.

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