Earlier this week I visited a printmaker friend, Jean Edwards, her work is here, who introduced me to Gelli plates. I really enjoyed it and produced the background above. Once home, I added the stencilled swan. Stencilling is something I have rarely done, but was inspired by Penenlope Dullaghan's homework in Sketchbook Skool.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram ( @suepownallartist15 ) have seen the work in progress on the above piece before. I finished it yesterday, I think, and would appreciate your thoughts on it. Please leave them in a comment below.
On another matter, yesterday I got to give a pen & ink demo at Tindalls,a local art suppliers. I got to meet some lovely people and look forward to running a workshop for them in March.
I'm finding it hard to write a post, here's why:
I guess it's a good time to dip into the sketchbook and share a few recent sketches.
Have you any secrets to share? What have you been up to recently? Why not leave me a comment below, I love to read them!
Yesterday, I managed to get a ticket for a backstage tour of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. Arriving early, I sketched the foyer as I keep avoiding complex subjects. Before I finished it was time to start the tour, so I added colour at home. The foyer has very clever blue lighting highlighting different planes as well as blue carpet.
We started the tour in the Studio Theatre where audience service manager Carol gave us some background info on the theartre (for example designed by Norman Downie and opened in 1972).
Next we were taken into the main theatre and up on to the stage, where the understudy was rehearsing End of the Rainbow, which had opened the night before. We were very lucky to have the artistic director, Daniel Buckroyd, tell us about and show us some of the creative things about the show and the stage set (260 lightbulbs in the set, for example).
Exiting stage left, or was it right?, we went through the wings pass the prompter's chair, spotting props - lots of pill bottles for this glimpse of the later life of Judy Garland - and into the workshop.
The workshop was the most interesting area for me, although the paintshop was interesting, and you could spot scenery parts from old pantos and shows, such as a HUGE beanstalk.
On a bench was the White Model, the technical term for the set design model, for the upcoming performance of Clybourne Park, which I hope to see.
Dodging the rain, we went to the costume department, which was so visually engaging I didn't sketch anything, how ironic is that?
We walked back into the main building and pass the actors resting prior to the Saturday matinée, saying hello to actor Gary Wilmot (remember him? - he was on UK tv way-back-when), we couldn't see the dressing rooms as it was so close to curtain up, and then, all too soon, the tour was over.
Have you ever done a tour like this?
I am a nomadic artist travelling the world for inspiration. Here, I publish my sketchbook work alongside my new finished pieces.