We returned to Auckland after a week in the Bay of Islands and visits to Kaitaia, the Hibiscus Coas, Waiheke island and the Coromandel peninsula. Before leaving for the South Island I was lucky enough to meet a group of fellow printmakers in Auckland itself.
One of Coromandel’s lovely beaches
I want to thank Pat Grove-Hill, who kindly arranged a day at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Takapuna, where the Studio Printmakers have their base. When we arrived I was absolutely thrilled to find 12 enthusiastic fellow artists waiting to greet me.
Not only were there members of Pat’s group but there were three from another in Waitakere. After introductions we got down to the important thing… coffee and a lengthy discussion on printmaking around the table. Some of them had brought samples of work which we discussed, sharing techniques and ironing out difficulties we may have encountered during certain processes. Thanks girls.
Printmakers Studio, Takapuna, Auckland NZ
Pru MacDougall – solar etching
Since last year my husband and I have been planning a trip to New Zealand and soon the adventure begins. Our friends Jayne and Steve moved over there around this time last year and invited us to visit. So, why wouldn’t we?
While we are away I plan to do lots of sketches and take photographs, and include them on this site. Which may be of interest to some of you but initially will be a great record for ME.
Gloucester Cathedral show on the theme of pilgrimage – part of Impress 2016
My print for this show is now finished and has been framed by Kevin, a wonderful framer in Bath.
If you click the project label above you can see how I conceived the idea, planned its execution, mixed the colours I wanted and worked out a method.
The individual images are based on medieval tiles in the cathedral’s Whispering Gallery. But where only two colours were used for most of the originals I opted to use four. This is because I wanted to reflect more of the pilgrims’ experience of the setting as well as of the tiles themselves.
In the medieval period most places of worship would have been brightly decorated, inside and out. So both pilgrims and worshipers – coming into the building from the drab, brutal society in which they spent their everyday lives – would have been in awe of the coloured walls, illuminated by the magnificent, stained-glass windows.
Did they feel nearer to heaven as a result? Who knows, but their hearts must have been uplifted by the spectacle.
Image made during a weekend workshop at Rabley Drawing Centre, near Marlborough.
Image made during a weekend workshop at Rabley Drawing Centre, near Marlborough. Both exhibited in Alkmaar, Holland, 2015.
It has been a while since I last posted anything on the site, in fact it is most probably more than a year. Where does the time go?
I have always felt like a dinosaur when it comes to technology, it is, however, the future. Apologies to all technophiles before I begin.
My work has been exhibited a few times in the last 12 months with some shows more successful than others.
I find my stress levels go through the roof at the thought of preparing and showing work. That, alas, is my cross to bear.
It is a big decision for me, to open my sketchbooks for public scrutiny and place my artwork into the world. “Why,” you may ask? Because sketchbooks are private doodling and working outs of what is going on when the little grey cells get to work at the beginning of a project.
To begin with, things are going to be a little slow and mistakes will happen. I can deal with that. You don’t know me, which is fine. There is you, me, my work and the ether. What’s there to be scared of…
During the summer of 2014 I spent some time walking the beautiful Welsh countryside in Ceredigion, sketchbook at the ready.
Whilst ambling along relatively untrodden paths I encountered a number of unused barns and made some preliminary sketches. Fortunately it was a glorious, sunny day.
Back in my studio I decided to strip the sketches down to just the bones of the structures, then made stencils of them. I knew this idea had some way to go but felt it had interesting possibilities.