I’ve just got back from visiting my sister Debbie in Pemberton, she and her husband Pete run Pemberton Lake View Chalets, a beautiful place which as the name suggests overlooks a lake, there is something about water to calm the mind and nourish the soul. The property is also surrounded by beautiful forest.
While I was there with my family, I met one of the participants of my linocut workshop in Ubud. Sue Nigg from Hidden River winery, she and her husband Ardel run a gorgeous winery and restaurant in Pemberton with outstanding wines and food. Sue will be one of the 12 participants at the Ubud Linocut workshop which is fully booked and starts on the 7th of January 2018.
So now I’m cutting up Lino and packing together all the materials for our Bali workshop, I’ve also made a booklet which goes step by step through linocut, to be part of the materials kit, which all the participants receive included in the trip. I have actually improved the materials kit slightly since I made this video before the last workshop.
Please like or comment on the video, as you can see it packs away neatly into a beautiful traditional Balinese hand-woven case. It was important to me to support this incredible local craft. Besides the practicality of keeping everything together its a beautiful handmade object and a lovely memento of the trip. Previous students have commented to me that they are still using the materials and love that they are ready to go any time with everything organised together. I’m delighted to be sharing linocut on this fantastic trip – not long to go!
We had a clear run from the airport I was picked up by the driver from the ARMA resort. It took an hour and 45 minutes. The air feels like stepping into a warm bath. Love this place, getting ready for the workshop participants arrive on Sunday.
On a basic level, a linocut is a stamp, you cut away the white areas and the remaining areas are inked up and printed.
But it’s so much more than that.
This image shows the lino blocks I made a couple of years ago for a series of wine labels for Journey Wines I really enjoyed making the artwork for this project, there is something very satisfying about the process of carving lino. It is so physical in this digital world, connecting you to centuries of printmaking.
I am looking for people to attend my Linocut workshop in Ubud Bali from the 8th – 15th January 2017. Deposit needed by the 3oth September 2016.
This is a workshop suitable for:
Beginners to Linocut
Up – skilling art teachers or arts professionals
Artists wishing to follow their own theme
Why go to Bali?
The ARMA Resort is a beautiful place with gorgeous gardens all the inspiration and subject matter you would need is there.
You are away from home out of your routine and away from the mundane distractions of everyday life.
The food is excellent.
You will return feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and learn a new skill?
Learn about Balinese art and culture.
The ARMA resort supports the arts at a grass roots level providing free tuition to local children in traditional Balinese dance, music and visual arts. By supporting ARMA you are supporting Balinese traditional arts.
So to organise the accommodation I need a deposit of $680 by September 30th. I would love to share my love of linocut with you in 2017, give yourself an experience and start the year feeling inspired.
Yes, I’ve been planning this trip and blogging about it for a while now,
We are finally here in Ubud making linocuts at the Arma Resort.
The water gardens and fountains here mean that you can hear water wherever you go, it has such a
Yesterday we talked about different approaches to linocut and and about different artists and how they had approached the medium.
People started planning ideas and drawing drawing in their sketchbooks from all around the gardens and from their imagination. In the afternoon we went to the Arma Art Museum.
Today some people were continuing with their drawings and ideas while others were ready to draw directly onto the Lino. While two people got up to carving and printing! We have a great group sharing and discussing ideas. Tomorrow is the free day some people are doing a cooking class with the Chef at the Arma Resort others are doing the Ubud downhill bike ride where you get bused to the top of the mountain and then go on a leisurely down hill cycle through the Ubud countryside I will let you know how it all goes.
This has to be the best place I have ever taught a linocut workshop
For some reason Christmas crept up on me this year. I’m already planning new years resolutions and I’m not even organised for Christmas! The wine for the Linocut wine labels I made will be out in March or April and this commission has sent me off in a linocut direction. I have the rough plans in my sketch book for 6 more images, and I also want to get onto some tiny etchings on the holidays.
We will probably go down to the Lavender and Berry farm in January, its my sisters place and its just lovely down there, usually its a bit cooler in Pemberton but if it does get hot you can go to big brook dam for a swim. The water is edged by forest. Who knows maybe I’ll draw some trees….
Before Chistmas I need to clean up my studio….my etching press is moving inside (instead of being in the shed). Can’t wait, I’ll keep you posted the move is sure to be an event, it weighs about 400kg.
I just got back from 11 days in Bali with my family (Bali island Indonesia). It has been years since we have had a family holiday and it was the first time my kids have been in a plane.
I didn’t draw much while I was away, even though I brought a sketch book. Mostly I wrote in it. Also took photos and enjoyed the time be with my own thoughts, and enjoyed a new culture.
The value of a holiday to my art practise is basically the same as the value of holidays in general.
It gives you perspective on your life.
It makes you realise what is important to you
It give appreciation for things you otherwise take for granted.
My art is very much a personal journey, and the interesting thing to me is that common thread of humanity that runs through likeminded people whatever there geographical location or culture. In Ubud I talked to a Balanese man who was working at the hotel about his life in the villiage and his family. He was also an artist but thought of it more as a hobby and was content to do so. He worked an early shift in the hotel to have time to paint in the afternoon. He liked the villiage lifestyle, the homegrown food, and the quiet pace of life.
Every where people are doing their best, wanting the best for their kids, whatever the cultural and finacial differences. Also for many people an overseas holiday is out of reach, and I really appreciated this opportunity.
I came back feeling very centered and relaxed, I have an unfinshed painting on the easel, I want to keep this feeling present, but am not sure how.
I am not interested in images of Bali’s architecture or palm trees, as always it is the interior landscape I am concerned with. How to paint stillness.