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2/16/13 07:21 pm - Aeroplane!

Movies to Boston: Dredd, Batman : The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus.

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7/6/12 11:12 am

It's been a good time recently, with a new garden shed now installed in the garden and ready to allow some overflow of the stuff that takes up too much space inside (for me, art stuff - easels etc.)

But the fun has been lino still - I have my first three-colour linocut in progress (and my first two-colour one wasn't a great success, and was much smaller). It's been really fun. The new "bench hook" I got for £7 or so has not only helped keep my fingers from getting cut by the slipping blade, but also helped with lining up the bits of lino ("registration"). And not only for printing, but I've been using a stencil kind of process to put the image onto all three bits of lino, one after another, and cutting more and more from the stencil to get more detail transferred. That, combined with some carbon paper transfer, has all gone very smoothly. Of course I'm speaking too soon; one slip of the blade and I'd be in for a lot of rework; but even that should be possible since I've kept the stencil bits.

Fingers crossed...
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6/14/12 02:48 pm - Not long enough!

Latest linocut. It probably ought to have colour, but then it's not really finished yet. Not sure if I'll I finish it this weekend or try something new. The the,e "Rapunzel" seemed to catch things I like (turrets) or wanted to play with (curves, trees) so seemed like fun....

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6/14/12 01:59 pm - Bat for lashes again!

Seems like this was probably my fourth time - caught the festival warm-up in Cambridge by Bat for Lashes. Very good, very inspiring, the color and movement would do well to inspire for my life drawing class. Some promising new songs too, though nothing so far quite as astounding as Daniel, but the makeovers of the old songs are fantastic and really made the show alive. She really gets into it, it's great. Much dancing was done. Glad it was dark.

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5/17/12 07:16 pm - Linocuts

And here are the two most recent linocuts. The idea with both was to do a multi-color thing, but I can't settle on how to use color for the buildings (which are my college's great hall) so thinking instead of a two color angel. Some of this has already been trimmed away and a second one's on the way.

The buildings are on. 4"x6" card.

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4/15/12 09:14 pm - Linocut, take 2.

A week's thought, reading (linocutBoy blog and Dover book on linocut - first published 1955!) kind of resulted in a bit of improvement!

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4/12/12 02:06 pm - Linocut!

My first ever linocut... And I'm very pleased with it!

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A linocut is a print from a bit of lino that's I carved my drawing into with special lino cutting tools. I used water based printing ink for this, too. Not my first print - that was something I did using kids foam stuff, but lino is the real deal.
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2/6/12 10:01 pm - Boston and books

Ok, went on a business trip to Boston. Report...

"Degas and the Nude" at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Excellent. I've got a habit now of just grinning at paintings that I really like: why be somber about it? Why not just enjoy? Particular likes:
- a study for "Scene of war in the middle ages" of a woman for a male soldier, nicest of the fairly academic early drawings;
- a huge unfinished painting of a woman by a window, just a line drawing and brown shading wiped in with a rag or something; fascinating; could just imagine the artist roughing it in with bug gestures.
- morning bathing or something like that, usual nude bather, but in a blue and green color scheme that felt hugely light and refreshing.
- a big red canvas of a bather's back that I might have seen before.

Finished volume 6 of Strangers In Paradise, after a very long time. Terry Moore's art is still kind of awesome IMO, and it ended well. Very good stuff.

Got William Gibson's new collection of writings, fascinating and thoughtful stuff.

Saw "In Time" n the flight, good movie as it turned it; not awesome, but plenty of fun and enjoyable. Timberlake was good in it and Amanda Seyfried lovely as usual.

Watched the Glee movie half each way; Gwyneth Paltrow steals that show a bit but all really good.

Oh yes, also, saw "Paradise Kiss" on the flight out, the movie, after seeing it as anime a couple of years back. Really very good fun, tehough probably aimed at teens.

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1/10/12 09:03 pm - Morganville

Well, I finished the Murakami and moved on to the latest of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires books, Last breath. And it's really good. This series just keeps itself so light, fresh and pleasant; I can't help enjoying it every time. And then it becomes a page turner too... It's up the with the Kitty novels, I think, for just keeping going without burying itself its own history or losing freshness. And now what a twist... Oh, and the steampunk angle that crept in is tons of fun, too.

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12/22/11 09:12 pm - Murakami

Among Christmas present buying and baby stuff, quietly got to the third book of Murakami's 1Q84. Awesome to be reading him again, his early compelling story and beautifully put together oddness is as good as anything in that kind of magical realism or fantastic fiction line gets for me.

Might have to buy the recent Christopher Brookmyre in hardcover now that I've read everything else; not sure I want to wait for the paperback.

Christmas is coming...

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