Thursday, February 4, 2010

new work and old

Since joining the magic carpet blog ride I have been trying to get to look at all the blogs of people who've left comments on mine but it is slow progress, my apologies if you are waiting for a comment from me, I don't know how Lisa does it, she has looked at all of the over 900 blogs. You can see the gifts I'm giving away in the post below this one.

I have been trying to get a few work things done in the last week or so and to prepare for some workshops I'm running later in the year. I've spent the last two days working on some A2 pulp paintings inspired by Apollo Bay, here they are with the photographs that provided the inspiration, I intend to add the birds and the cray pots later as digital images.

Here is the one that got away, I rather like the look of it so I am keeping it to see how it looks once it is dry luckily I had three of that one.

Here is my large vat and my trusty press! My standard press only handles up to A3.

The other thing I've been doing is tidying up the room my younger daughter moved out of so that I'll have a workroom and a place to run workshops at home. I have also been cleaning up my other room and consolidating all my paper, I now have two large containers of collage bits, I used a miniscule number of the scraps to make these cards and a few others.

In my cleanup I found this writing set.

And these books which I made many years ago.

Looking at them now I feel that they need some text or something so I am thinking of asking if anyone would like to embellish two in exchange for one of the books. I have two slightly different copies of the body book and a book of fossils that could be a companion to the shell book. Leave me a message if you are interested, either an email or a comment on this blog.

And I forgot to say, I'll be hanging about a dozen of my 2D in the Alcove Art Shop at Box Hill Community Art Centre, they'll be there for two months from this coming Saturday.


Merry said...

Oh all these pieces. So like your press.....I must remember that. lol.

A mermaid in the attic said...

These are stunning Gail, I love hand made paper and am such a sucker for hand made books! I'm very tempted by your offer of embellishing in exchange for a book, I've already entered your OWOH giveaway. If you're interested at all, have a look around my blog (and there's a link to my website there too) to have a look at the sort of thing I do, and whether you like it or not.


Papergail said...

Thanks Merry and Christina,
I did have a look at your blog Christina and like what you do and the fact that you are in Australia, we can talk more.

Carol said...

I'm tempted too, Gail, especially by the shells but I don't know that I'm confident enough to try my hand at this. Depends what you mean by embellish I guess. If you ever want to sell one of the shell books I'd like to know. I'm spending my day drawing fantasy fish - maybe I'll blog about them.

A mermaid in the attic said...

Hello again! I've just been looking at your many beautiful things, I really love the Artist Books. It's funny, but although my own paintings tend toward brilliant colours, I also find myself drawn to the subtle, natural colours of handmade papers, and media like graphite or sepia pen and ink. I love the way you include beautiful natural pieces like shells, driftwood and feathers (the sort of things I can't help collecting). Hmmm, I don't suppose you've ever seen the film "Prospero's Books" have you? I've been obsessed with the beauty and power of books ever since I saw it almost 20 years ago!