Tuesday 27 November 2007
Oh, to have an overcast sky every day, just before sunset! It's the perfect light for photos!
I printed the protea lino after all, but I think it needs a bit more. I had an idea of how I wanted to print it, and it didn't quite work. I'm going to try adding some blue to this one, and also printing it again, trying to get the effect I was after.
The other lino is also based on a real flower. It's a succulent, grey-leaved with a long stem holding fleshy orangey flowers. In Afrikaans it's called a plakkie, but I don't know any more than that.
It seems to help to think about a particular flower and draw it from memory, rather than from life or a photo. When I have a reference I get too carried away with the correctness and the details, and for these prints I'm much happier with an approximation. It's also nice to know that this method can handle intricate carving; I've been keeping to simple shapes till now because I wasn't sure.
The plakkie print is listed in my Etsy shop now, along with some other new ones.