This Wee Workshop with Neil Wallace on monotypes with and without a press, but definitely with Sennelier Oil Pastels, was a blast. It was a tad oversubscribed, but Neil was unfazed and demonstrated several techniques with aplomb. It happened in March, but the phone with the photos was stolen. Luckily I retrieved some of them from Facebook... Hence the lateness of this blogpost. Thanks to all who came and especially to Neil. Lets hope he comes back again to teach us something else!
OMG... Sarah Amos is a power pack on SPEED! Eight wonderful students kept running for three days to keep up as she generously shared her techniques and tips for Collagraphs. Multilayered and colour infused, the plates are works of art in themselves, but when combined together are beautiful.
Sarah's years of experience and just plain dedication to her art practice was so evident in this workshop. Interestingly she showed us some of her new work which is printing on felt and embroidered, with the printing taking a telling, but backseat role. I'd personally consider going to New York in May just to see the two huge pieces hang in the New York Art Fair. Fantastic.
If you haven't done her workshop, can't draw perhaps, and love making things, this is the workshop to do at least twice! There is so much information and inspiration here, that you'd be pleased to make the commitment of time and money! Lets hope Sarah comes back next year!
I've uploaded some random pics of plates in the making and Sarah at the wheel demonstrating! Enjoy.
Once again we had the privilege of having Jazmina Cininas teach here. She is such a delightful lady with great teaching skills. And, of course her mastery of the Reduction Linocut is well known. Lots of very happy students. Thanks Jazmina!
Peter Dowd, on the other hand, has created night works of the inner city, the roads and lanes are named in their titles: Charles St, Wilson St laneway, Irene St.... Still, they are examples of places we know, even if we don't know these exact streets. His evocation of colour is especially fine, and the juxtapositions of light and shade, of grunge and accidental beauty is very pleasing.
If you haven't seen this exhibition, please do. It has a magical quality that transcends the medium.
March 31 - April 16 2016
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