PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Tue, August 03, 2010 14:50
It's taken a while, with this, that and the other going on this year, but finally I've managed to get a proper print featuring one of our lovely deerhounds. This time, I managed to do most of the etching at home. The grey tones in the background were created by gently rubbing off the hard ground with a rag and a tiny bit of white spirit and then etching the revealed area. Since the open spaces could not be degreased or else the ground around it would have been broken, the mordant created a lovely, subtle texture. I think, more experiments in that direction are on the agenda!
In case you cannot read the text on this small image, here it is again:
Will fleetly run
For 5 or 20 stretches.
Then it will rest
In Morpheu's nest,
Where rabbit dreams it catches.
I also re-considered the Momo print and found it a bit bland, so it's now got a poem in the background as well:
Momo was a pound dog;
He was a lost and found dog.
This poodlish toy
Became a proper lounge dog;
Is washed and fed;
Sleeps in a bed;
Filled out into a round dog.
May Life be Joy
For Curly Boy;
May he stay long a sound dog.
Momo is my parents' dog, a small mongrel who definitely has some poodle in him. He came from a dog rescue home and is indeed spoilt like a lord. He is 16 now, a bit on the tubby side and has a heart condition, but you wouldn't know it to look at him (or indeed listen to him).
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Mon, June 21, 2010 11:00
Here are two more dog prints. The first one was inspired by my brother's little rescue pooch Kira, but unfortunately, I only had a very bad quality mobile phone snap to guide me, so it really isn't a portrait. Kira is a very quirky individual with the most unusual hair style - irresistable.
Unfortunately, in my infinite wisdom, I tried to etch the plate in a batch of brand new, still warm mordant. The plate bubbles and fizzed and etched in record speed. Two minutes later, it had already bitten very deeply, so the print turned out quite dark. Rather than chuck it in the bin, I printed up a few and hand coloured them with acrylic paint, which nicely covers up the dark bits. I quite like these accidents.
The next one is a study of our deerhound Wallace who has a most elegant way of crossing his front paws. I'm still working on getting a big one of a running hound done.
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Thu, May 20, 2010 09:51
As promised previously, here is the first deerhound impression. It was inspired by our very first walk with Wallace and Misty. The boys, naturally, were keen to find out if these two would fetch a ball. We took them into an empty horse field at Over Dalkeith and the boys chucked tennis balls for all they were worth. I think the picture explains what happened next. Boy can they run!
At that occasion, they met the stable dogs and proved to be universally well inclined to fellow pooches. They also thought the horses were ok, but the sentiment was not reciprocated. Wallace got chased round the field by a phalanx of excited ponies, spearheaded by the fearful Shetties who thought, a wolf hunt was the best entertainment they'd had in a long time. Tally-ho!
The hounds have been with us for nearly three weeks now and have become part of the furniture. Misty has re-discovered her waistline. So have I. And Wallace goes out running with Ben and Bernie who are training for a 10 k.
Between dogs and horses, I'm pretty busy preparing for various summer shows such as the annual Dollar Art Exhibition and the Portmoak Festivel as well as the ESSA auction and a few new venues. More about that nearer the time.
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Tue, March 09, 2010 16:55
Here’s another new etching I actually really like.
We were returning from a horse-riding picnic on Tentsmuir Beach in Fife a few weeks ago when I saw a woman on the pavement struggling to contain a very energetic dog while her young child was trying to keep up. It was pretty much what you see in the picture and it really made me smile. Been there, done that. Yep!
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Tue, March 09, 2010 16:52
Oddly enough, the photoetching course I just raved about in the last blog entry sparked off a move back into linocuts. This was partly precipitated by Aine preparing some linocuts for an exhibition in Germany and partly because I wanted a bold and graphic medium.
Sadly, our poor ancient hound died last week of that most wonderful disease - old age. So I was in an odd mood when I saw Carol working on a beautiful winged figure in the photoetching course. What emerged was 'Angel Dog', which I hope, will be the starting point to a series of linocuts I may call 'chimera'. So far they have not left the pages of my sketchbook and I have a million other things to do first, but I think this might turn into an exciting new project.
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Tue, March 09, 2010 16:13
I have spent the last two Saturdays very energetically at the Dunfermline Printmaking Workshop learning to photo etch with Paul Musgrove, a master etcher based in Edinburgh. Paul steered us through and around the conundrums and potential pitfalls of this technique with great aplomb, enthusiasm and patience and turned out to be a veritable mine of information.
As you can see from the example below, my first attempt was a bit of an experiment into turning washes into print. It would be really good to have another way of creating tone on the plate, but the first trial was a bit hit and miss. So far, as I can see, to master this method, quite a bit of experience is necessary to get it right. Anticipate some exasperated swearing!
From a social and more general point of view, the workshop was also a great success. It was wonderful to spend two entire days with interesting and lovely fellow artists and I came away with some very exciting ideas for new work.
Thanks to FDPW for organising the workshop and to Paul for putting up with us way beyond the time he was actually supposed to go home!
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Sat, February 13, 2010 14:56
Last weekend I went on a course at the Contemporary Arts Centre in Dundee to learn all about advanced colour printing.
On Saturday we tried viscosity printing, which was interesting, but I did not really manage to make it work for me and I can't really see how I would use it in my work. I'm sure with experience you can predict the way the plates print up, but mine just looked psychedelic, so I will spare you.
The next day we tried photo etching with three colours. I did not quite manage to get the colours mixed the way I wanted to and stuck to a very simple image, but I can see the potential and I have already been back with Aine to try another set of plates. I'll post them on the blog when I've printed them. In the meantime, here is Sunday's little Robin:
PrintmakingPosted by Angela Heidemann Sat, February 13, 2010 13:34
Apologies to all for the long silence. My pc is has been acting all geriatric for a while and I was hoping to get Bernie to give it a long overdue steroid injection, but he has been so overwhelmed with other jobs that I have decided to wait no longer.
I really ought to update my website properly, but until it takes this machine less than 10 minutes to wheeze into action, I'm afraid the blog will have to do, so here are some new pieces - not as many as I had hoped to produce, but between snow and cold bugs and short, dark days I have not felt particularly inspired.
I've spotted the first snowdrop yesterday, so things are looking up!
First up are two more prints with poems in the background: another ever popular itchy dog and a very old moggy, inspired by my friend Sylvia's cat of many, many years.
The next print emerged from an experiment in the workshop which did not work out quite as I had expected. But thanks to our newly acquired Lasceaux acrylic stop out varnish and Colin and Aine's advice on how use it to rescue and transform etchings that I would have previously consigned to the bin, I ended up with a rather interesting effect for this bull terrier.
More in the next blog entry. This one won't support more images.