Our little puppy is now a big puppy! 20kg+ and growing!!!
Seb has fitted in so well and we are seriously in loooove with this fella!
Love is in the air...we had a wedding in the family (my son's) recently. Months of preparation resulted in one mighty fine shin dig!!! We had a fantastic day!
Now I'm back in the studio...just sticking bits of print onto stuff! I had my studio table legs cut down 100ml and I really liked the cypress pine blocks left over. Not only did they smell nice, they have a lovely texture to them. I wanted to use them somehow. So I've glued etchings to them.
I've only got 4 blocks and now want more!
This is our beautiful baby boy Sebastian...I know...gorgeous!
I was pretty excited when the Jess's (son and girlfriend) told us they were bringing home a new family member. Seb is a Bernese Mountain dog and will be a big dog...very big!
We are a big dog family...our last girl Sascha, a pure breed Rottweiler lived to 14 years old and weighed 50+ kg, we buried her in the garden more than 16 years ago!!!
With the size of Sebastian's paws, I think he will be bigger than Sascha :)
I'm still working my way through a photography course that I'm doing and still enjoying the journey.
More trees...This exercise was about learning to understand a digital camera histogram ( a very useful tool when you know how it works)...I needed to take a series of shots at what I thought was the correct exposure, then I needed to under expose and over expose the same scene and write about what happens to the Histogram reading.
A few posts back I mentioned how I would like a wood router for Xmas...well I got a pearl pendant instead...I'm not complaining...I just love my pearl.
Well anyway, my father called me last week and said, "Jo, I was reading your blog post and you mentioned a router...did you get one?" I said no and he said he had 2 and was happy to give me one :) Now all I have to get are some blades and I'll be on my way carving more wooden panels.
I've already carved my way through 6 large panels of wood...using a dremel and carving tools.
Above is a detail of an embossing of one of those panels.
An embossing, for those of you that don't know, is a an impression taken by placing damp printmaking paper onto a clean dry plate (in this case my carved wooden plate) and then run through an etching press. I love the elegance of embossing...simple and beautiful.
I also wanted to show you some collagraph plates I made late last year...
The above and below are of skeletal leaves I collected on my walks.
They are larger than my hand and were pretty dry, crumbly and curled up when I got them home.
I sprayed them with a little warm water and they instantly softened to the point where I could very gently unfurl and glue them down to my plate with soft gel medium. Once dry, I shellaced the plates. They are now ready to print
Heres another close up, I've sealed this plate with a gloss medium.
I have a whole series of these leaf plates...but not much enthusiasm to print them!!!