Thursday, October 27, 2011

Michael McConnell

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Illustrations by Michael Mconnell

In Michael McConnell's work, the innocence and vulnerability associated with children and animals is constrained within one figure. He has utilized the forms usually used as hunting trophies to transform them into visions of a lost childhood.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Odilon Redon

'Crying Spider,' by Odilon Redon

Lousie Bourgeois Spider art

Some work by Louise Borgeois. The spider is a frequent subject matter in her work.

 "Typical of the ambiguous and contradictory emotions found in and elicited by her work, the spider (or mother) is simultaneously frightening, larger than life and devouring – representative of…well, mothers, and of the sustenance of life… the spider is also a weaver – of stories, social threads, interconnectedness; a spider’s web is both practical and beautiful to behold. To kill a spider is bad luck. Bourgeois, named by her feminist mother, after Louise Michel, an anarchist involved in the Paris Commune, has said “my best friend was my mother and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat and useful as a spider.” A tapestry-repairer and a strong role model in many ways, her mother nevertheless tolerated a visible affair between Louise’s father and her governess, a self-described childhood ‘trauma’ that Bourgeois has revisited in her artwork through out her life."

Progress Review

All set up for my Progress Review today!

Along Came a Spider..

This is my first etching. I've changed my project slightly, its still the mind, but I focusing it more on my dreams which is what I wished I did from the start..
I was happy with how this image came out. The acid did lift away some of the lines way to much but it still came out better than I thought it would. I wanted delicate lines the whole way through, but it still works. I think I want to try and focus a bit more on the spider in the image;  unfortunately spiders are something I tend to dream about a lot..
Its bad because I don't care for them, but good as spiders are supposed to resemble creativity..


First Etch

Etch with Chine-collé


Photography- Semester one

For my photography class we had to base our project along the lines of our print project. So I based mine around the mind and dreams.
I took a chair and placed it in random out of place areas. Trying to create surreal dream like images. Although the imagery isn't the same as my prints the idea is along the same lines.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lythogrophy 2

This is my second attempt at lithography. I have to say I am much happier with this print. At least the detail wasn't lost.
I did go back and try to drop colour behind it with mono-print, but decided that this just didn't suit. I like it how it is and feel it works very well that way. Adding colour just muddies the image.
I know I need to experiment a bit more, and I am sure I will with time. Nothing has really clicked for me yet, but we shall see..

Monday, October 10, 2011


The Lytho room
I did my first Lytho the other day. It seemed to me, anyway, a long process. I found it very unsatisfactory. It is definitely something that one needs to study and practice.
The image I had in my head did not turn out the way I wanted it to. The crayons are bulky and hard to fine down.
The image became to dark, loosing all detail.
I'm afraid this is something that I am looking forward to moving away from.
The image drawn on the stone

My first proof

One of six prints.