impressions of Venice …

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I’ve been busy creating and printing a few more collagraphs this week, in preparation for my forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Surface’ in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Most of the new ones are small and I’ve used a variety of ink colours (Hawthorn Inks).

The plan is to sell the collagraph prints at the show, (which will be a variety of abstracted mixed media paintings), simply wrapped at a reasonable price, so there will be something to suit all pockets.

The recent small collagraphs here were influenced by the crumbling facades of buildings I came across in Venice earlier this year. I used scraps of wallpaper, sandpaper, string, muslin and a lovely piece of narrow lace ribbon I picked up at a recent vintage fair, which seems to lend itself well to the suggestion of fine architectural decoration. It also adds to the fun of browsing vintage fairs and the like, looking for textured materials to use.

By the way, I’m sure I’m not the only one to find the used, cleaned plate as interesting in its own right?

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Collagraph plate

Collagraph plate, Mari French

 

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The printmaking corner of my studio

elusive light

undercroft series, mixed-media on paper,     © Mari French 2010

undercroft series, mixed-media on paper, © Mari French 2010

Imagery from a series I’m working on which was first inspired by a visit this summer to the ancient ruins of the guildhall in Blakeney, north Norfolk. The undercroft of this building is largely intact and what caught my attention was the play of light from the bright sunlit entrance on the walls and among the pillars in the darkness of the place.

My digital camera picks up available light pretty well but because of the low light and camera shake, resulted in some interesting effects. I don’t normally use photographs in my artwork but love the painterly quality of the images so in this case I’m making an exception, and they are going to be part of the artwork series.

undercroft series, mixed media on panel © Mari French 2010

undercroft series, mixed media on panel © Mari French 2010

undercroft series, digital photograph © Mari French 2010

undercroft series, digital photograph © Mari French 2010