Linocuts – more than cutting white

Lino Blocks for Wine Labels
Lino Blocks for Wine Labels

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.

More than just carving away the white areas. Linocut is about finding a mark that describes the essence that subject.  So you are carving away the white areas of  water with a different mark than you are carving away grass, clothing differently from skin. Like mark-making in drawing, brush-marks in painting the carved mark becomes an expression of the subject matter. I have been making Linocuts for over 20 years and I just need one more person for my Linocut workshop held in Ubud Bali to go ahead 8th – 15th January 2017.

Find out about my Bali workshop here

See my Linocuts from the Understanding Alice Exhibition here

See my Linocuts for wine labels here

Here is the video I made before the 2015 workshop, ignore the dates all the other info is relevant to our 2017 trip, love for you to join me.

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Why go to Bali to make Linocuts?

Balcony View at the Arma ResortI 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.

For details on cost and itinerary go to www.ubudartworkshops.com

and see the video below which was made for the 2015 trip, 2017 is at the same venue.

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Bali – we’re here !

Yes, I’ve been planning this trip and blogging about it for a while now,

At the Arma Resort
At the Arma Resort

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

Water garden Arma Resort
Water garden Arma Resort
Ubud Art Class
Ubud Art Class

calming effect.

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

Nearly Ready for Christmas.

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.

Holidays and Art

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.