Showing posts with label colour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label colour. Show all posts

Monday, 2 May 2011

colour/color everywhere

aireys inlet, victoria

aireys inlet, victoria

aireys inlet, victoria

I've been thinking a lot about colour in the last week or so as I was immersed in these beautiful sandstones tones at Aireys Inlet. I could just look at the blues of the ocean and sky and these gorgeous sandstone cliffs forever. There's also something about the autumn light which begins to put a more gentle feel to things in Australia at this time of year.

Anyway, as I was saying, colour.....I've been thinking about the colours I'm drawn to using in my work and even the ones I wear. And also how colours are made. It came up again over the weekend when I went to a briefing for the Arnhem Land Weavers trip I'm doing later in winter. We saw some amazing photos of the women weavers cooking up colour from the earth to dye their pandanas leaves before weaving them into glorious baskets. All those swirling earthy colours in the pots looked so rich and almost edible. Yum!

I find mixing colours to print (woodblock print, lino block print or screen print) really very challenging. I know I love a dirty colour (picture dirty red, dirty green, dirty blue); to me a good measure of black in there just seems to help ground the colour. I'm on the hunt for some good colour recipes so if you know of any or where to find some please feel free to share. I'd also love to hear what colours you're drawn to. Fluros anyone?

Friday, 11 January 2008

new in the shop

I'm quite excited about a new line of prints I've developed for my shop. I've shown a few here recently but there will be more. The one above is now up in the shop and looking pretty bright against my other work. It's been great working on these new prints. I love working with a range of media and adore the pattern of chiyogami so much that I just had to find a way to work it in. And so I have!

All the new prints will have a very strong sense of what's known in Japan as wabi sabi. I love the idea of transient beauty and beauty found in the ordinary. Wallflowers was all about this: the crumbling clay wall of an old Kyoto house and the weeds growing up against it.

I'm also immersed in colour experimentation at the moment and finding it fascinating. I'm trying to push myself to go beyond using the colours that I'm comfortable with. It could get a wee bit crazy......