I was gifted a wildlife camera in the autumn of this year. We suspected we had hedghogs, ( kept seeeing poop) but getting the wildlife camera, plonking it down on the patio, and then waiting, we had no idea!
October they were soo busy every night we had at least two Hedghogs visiting and we started feeding them so they would visit more. The pictures can sometimes be out of focus or the animal barely on screen, but it a magical view of your garden as you cant see it, because you being there they wouldn’t do the things they do on the camera.
Any way , November has pretty much been and gone, and I wanted to do something with all the lovely bits of film we have, so I have made a compilation video on youtube with the best bits.
Its not fast paced, but lovely views of things living.
A few days ago we had a surprise visitor on there as well. A grey wagtail , which I have never seen in the garden before. We have gotten a close up view of it with this camera, as its quite skittish.
soooo this summer holiday I have tried to finish off a few projects that have been lingering.
One of them is my book called A Magpie Rhyme , it is an artist book (which is just a hand made book by an artist) . I finally made the last few in the edition ( only 10 in it ) and I wanted to make a video about the process.
I have done both of those things so yay to me 😀 , the video is up on you tube now.
I missed out the actual printing of the linos, but I think people can understand what that might look like. Putting the video together and I forgot how many parts of the process there are!
Any way would love you to have a watch and let me know what you think,
This was me trying out printing drypoints on my press.
My drypoints are on perspex sheets , this one was of a sow thistle from the garden. I tried various combinations of leaving ink on the plate, printing with colour as I found some colour inks I thought I could use as intaglio ink ( they worked alright ), and adding a layer of chine colle. I was using rice paper for this , which I was adding ink to as well before passing through the press.
Woops! Still some practice needed to get the pressure right on my little press. I was pushing it to its limits to try to get enough pressure to stick the chine colle properly. But this was tooo much pressure !
I’m pleased with all the colours and think the chine colle does add something.
Browsing through pinterest I found a linocut image that struck a cord , an image that you wish you had made.
It was by an artist called Sherrie York, whos amazing blog brush and baren , I started reading .
I discoverd a technique called masking for lino printing, which inspired me to have another look at my Two sparrows print from a few months ago , and keep adding colour to it till I was happy, as Sherrie York seems to do.
Here is it with two more layers of ink , the green needs building up to make it bolder
Check out my instagram account where I post Wip pics. @alisonsloggett
Hey there , I have been working recently on a reduction linocut of some sparrows, house sparrows we call them here or little brown jobs.
Even though they are not the most colourful birds here in Britain, they have a lot of character. And when you look up close they have beautiful colours and pattens in their feathers , all be it in shades of brown and greys.
So after watching the sparrow army in my lovely new garden I wanted to do something on them and so here is my linoprint and some drawings, would love to hear what you think , cheers !
This was my unique Lino and monoprint, called Pilgrimage, for an exhibition of the same name shown at Gloucester Cathedral , a beautiful place for an exhibition .
This print I took the theme pilgrimage and the first thing that came to mind was salmon going back up river to spawn. So I lino cut my slamon , printed several of him, some on tissue paper, then monoprinted the background , and then using rabbit skin glue as it is neutral and I know it doesn`t show too much, I pasted layers together with several of my salmon just staggered to give a sense of depth . then popped him in a box frame and mounted him so the warped and cockled paper hung suspened .
I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..
I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…
For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.
Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !
Here we are again! Another month down on my sketch a day project. January was a mixed bag of drawings. I started the month really energised, but that slowly trickled away till my sketch a day was happening in fits and starts, but I was happy with the earlier sketches from the month. which these are some .
Febuary so far has been very bird themed, I was inspired by a programme on the birds of paradise! So that will be next months 😉