Don't you love those serendipitous moments in the studio ...
I had printed some of my engravings on much thinner paper than I usually do, gozo or goyu, and was planning to work into the front side in greys and ochres. I turned over the paper and saw such beautiful soft and delicious marks on the backsides I decided to work with those instead. You can see the end point further down in the photographs. So, though I have not yet been brave with blue, I have at least softened down my palette for some work and am quite excited to see where this softness leads me. I have not given up on the bright blue either ... just finding my courage. Think I may have left it in my suitcase.
|lovely softness on the backside|
|this was going to be my starting point until I turned over the paper ....|
|can't imagine getting this softness and these marks any other way|
Two of the completed images using the backside of my work as the starting point.
And these photos below represent great excitement. A couple of years ago in Paris I walked miles to find a shop that sold such gorgeous letters and then baulked at the price of them - coming home empty handed. I was so sad that I had not snapped them up and brought some home. Last week I was in Sydney to visit a very special and unwell friend, and other well and special friends too I might add, and I found this selection in a shop in Balmain. This time there was not hesitation and the lovely fellow in the shop was kind enough to pour two huge bowls of letters all over the floor in order for me to choose.