Visit to the shops/ the start of everything.

As I progress through University what continues to surprise me is how much inspires me to create. At the start of this semester I had no idea what I wanted to do in the printmaking module or what I wanted to focus it on , however there were two instrumental things that helped that. The first was a visit to the beach, obviously this is the sea, rock-pools, the sand and all the creatures that live in it.

A washed up fish, which I suspect was some kind of bottom dweller, was decomposing on the shoreline among the seaweed, although a slight bit stinky, the bone structure and remaining texture was really fascinating and I remember thinking at the time how it would make a interesting drawing. IMG_20160210_164942.jpg

The second part that really convinced me as to what I should do in printing was a visit to the local shops. After seeing the texture and contemplating using that as a starting point, when passing through the isle doing my daily shopping, the fish counter caught my eye, there were some fillets with the reflective scales facing upwards, the striped still glistening wet surface of the mussel shell and the shrimp and prawns with their nearly translucent but rigid exoskeleton, all of these established the sea creature theme that I have been working on. What I learnt from this semester most of all is that inspiration is all around us, we just have to let ourselves think and mull things over, time to consider what we have seen will eventually nourish that tiny seed of thought into a plant and that in itself will turn into fruitful rewards for us as artists either through the experience of creating artwork or the process of it.

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Fish Counter selection

Pointy penguins?

A little break from lithography and etching planning, was in the form of a lino-cut print. As per tradition in my family, any cards for any kind of occasion are always handmade. These prints were for my uncle and as his favourite birds are gannets I thought I would do a quick lino cut of them. My partner saw the final prints and the first thing he said was “Are they pointy penguins ?” turns out either I’m not very good at depicting them or colour is the only determiner between a penguin and a gannet.Either way, here it is !

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Blue pointy penguins!