Here’s a quick digital doodle. It’s a beginner’s exercise in Krita, a most excellent digital painting program, and a welcome vehicle to show off and enjoy some wonderful Art Deco or Art Deco-esque typefaces.
She isn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of imagination, but she’s the first oil painting that I manage to bring to completion (by some stretch of imagination) in a very long time. As such, I consider her a huge success and hope that she won’t be a one-day wonder.
Finally, the two world stamps are out, much overdue after almost two years.
This is a continuation of the one world series, now made not only with virtual printing methods but also based on virtual lino cuttings. We’ll see how much further virtualisation the five world ones will bring…
Here are some of my variations on Islamic geometric patterns taught by Samira Mian.
I find it isn’t a creative but more a reproductive process that requires precision and concentration. As such, it makes for great relaxation. Once I finish the base pattern construction, I enjoy making my own additions by highlighting hidden patterns, removing some outlines to add a swirling motion or by adding a border.
All in watercolour on paper, between 150 x 150 mm and 250 x 250 mm.
The fourth and last of the large hemisphere paintings. Obviously I was running out of steam with this one although I hope that it will grow on me over time. It certainly has a lot of cosmos to explore!
Each is a genuine lino cut, approximately A6 in size. The cut lino is scanned, mirrored, then “lasso” selected in image processing software (I use Gimp). The “lasso” selection preserves the natural randomness without ink-stained fingers. The selection is then filled with a gradient, a canvas texture is applied, cut out and pasted onto a new white canvas of the same size. Voila!
Digital lino prints, and I am well pleased with this invention.