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ART 380 Preparation for Year 3

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry.”

Thomas Mann

Geisha silhouetted in gold paint and then varnished.

Throughout the Summer of 2020, I started to think about what I wanted to create in year three. As we were in lockdown and because of my chronic asthma I was classified as vulnerable and so had to “shield” as much as possible. This gave me lots of time to think and test out ideas.

I have been drawn to Japanese Woodblock prints for a long time and wanted to see how I might be able to incorporate that into my work.

I initially started with a series of tiny images which I painted on postcard sized watercolor paper.

I tried to keep my pallet as monochromatic as possible. But, a little colour snuck in.

I also tried landscapes in watercolour.

I then made a series of Linocuts.

This in turn led on to looking at how I could represent sunflowers. I attended “virtually” a series of workshops run by Japan House London on Manga. I loved the pens so much I started to used them in other work, such as the sunflowers. I like the immediacy of them.

I then tried a larger version in acrylics.

A shot of me in my studio at home.

In my next blog I shall detail where my experiments took me.

Feel free to comment or drop me a line.


Published by stweddle

Living in Newcastle I have access to great landscape; sea, urban, country and city which I am continually inspired by. Starting my artistic qualification in my 50's allows me the benefit of long years admiring others art and a burning need to create my own.

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