Thursday, 1 March 2018

Still Life Variations

   I had not heard of Lundstrom before, so it was good to discover another artist who was new to me. I especially like his still lifes with their bright colours, especially the blues and oranges, a favourite combination of mine. I decided set up and draw my own still life, using my favourite blue mug, along with a jug and orange.


   For a while I have been wanting to try a multiple coloured lino print and I thought that the simple shapes of the drawing might work for this. I expected it to be more difficult than it was and was delighted when it worked the first time that I tried it out on paper. After trying various combinations, I spent a couple of days making prints on fabric. I have plenty left over after making the quilt to use to experiment with stitch, and some with just the black outline that I want to try colouring with inktense pencils and other methods. The printing may have been less complicated than I thought, but the simple piecing did not go so well: even though the pieces were the correct size, I couldn't get one row to fit together and gave up , leaving it until after the weekend. Needless to say it went together with no trouble on Monday. I would have finished it yesterday, if I had not almost attached my finger to the quilt! Fortunately I missed putting the sewing machine needle through my nail by 2-3 millimetres, though I have a nice groove in the side of my finger! Needless to say, I am glad to have finished it at last.  


   I am quite pleased with the resulting prints and like the way in which each is a little different. The one thing I would change is to make the black outlines a little thinner. I did not want to cut away any more as I was worried about cutting away too much and having to start again. I must practise cutting thinner lines.

8 comments:

  1. Love this one Jinnie, it is truly your own. I am most excited by all the different interpretations of Lundstrøm.
    So glad you are alright.

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  2. Ouch, Jinnie!!! Thank goodness it wasn't through your nail but be careful. What a great idea and it has worked out really well. I must try a lino print myself as it looks so good.

    Hilary

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  3. The idea of making several prints of your still-life and then combining them into a quilt has worked brilliantly . I like the black outlines. Thinner outlines would have just given it a different look. Either way it works. Sorry about your finger . Somewhat scary when it happens -I know from past experience!

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  4. What a good idea well executed. Hilary treated us to a collography workshop many years ago which is very similar to lino prints. I was fascinated & am keen to do more ...one day. You have me motivated again.

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  5. Your lino print has worked out well - and I think the black lines are just right. I think it's lovely, and so very much your own original.

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  6. Well done on trying out a new technique and doing it so well. Your piece interprets his work so well and yet you have made it your own using your own still life. It looks great with all the blocks interspersed with the black. Another technique I have learned through this challenge (lino printing). Its amazing how diverse all our pieces are and yet we are all interpreting and being inspired by the same artist's work.

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  7. I like the way this works looking at your work on the blog then in close up. The changing colour palette defines the piece.
    I hope your finger heals quickly Jinnie - I think we've all been there and winced at your description.

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  8. An interesting variation on still-life!

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