Cecil Aldin Prints

I bought these prints a little while ago on Ebay. They have tow things I love – old buildings and dogs. They are prints by Aldin’s publisher and are signed by Cecil and they also look to be hand coloured. They are both in need of a new mount as the current ones cut off some of the images at the top and sides.

Banksia Design

Before moving to Melbourne we lived on 5 acres. We became involved in a little group trying to protect a local nature reserve. There were lots of banksias in the reserve and I came up with this design to use on the letterhead for the group. It wasn’t used.
I drew the banksia first, then scanned it, then coloured it using the computer. There are some missed bits, but it was never going to be seen on large scale, just a little picture on the letterhead.

Uni Painting

This was an exercise I did at university. We had to take an artist’s painting and rework it, rearranging the elements, changing the colour, whatever we could think of. I used either a Monet or Manet painting. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the painting I used and I haven’t been able to find it. This is a fairly large painting, bigger than an A1 sheet. It was painted in one 3 hour session.

Design Artwork

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These pieces are from design classes I took while at Tafe many years ago. I don’t have any of these pieces, the teacher asked to keep them. I have them on slides which I have scanned. All of them are looking at design elements – tone, space, scale, contrast….
I really enjoyed this class.

Landscape in Oil Pastels

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This drawing I did while at Tafe in Perth many years ago. Oil pastels are worked in layers, starting with one colour, in this case white. Then building up colour, pushing in each layer with the pastel. It is quite smudgy and sort of goopy when you work it. I loved working with oil pastels. Then you take a tool and dig back into the layers to reveal different colours. The drawing had been sitting under our bed for years. It got framed when we redid the laundry and it now hangs in there.


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Last night I was having a look around Pinterest and some prints came up in the home feed. That got me looking at some of the different types of prints you can do. I loved printmaking when I was at Tafe and Uni. This is my one and only mezzotint. It is quite small, 7.5 x 9cm. It is also quite difficult to photograph. The print is somewhere between these two photos, not so light, not so dark.
The process of mezzotint is to use a rocking tool and completely score the surface of the metal plate. You ink up and print during this process to see how dark the image will be, going after a velvet black. Then take a burnishing tool and smooth the roughened areas to get the lights back.

House Project Week 7

A little drawing. This is one of those weeks where I have actually been working on a house, a doorstop, but I don’t want to show it just yet. Not until it has been delivered. It was 10.30pm last night and I realised I didn’t have anything to post today for the project. I don’t want this challenge to be stressful, I want it to be inspiring and fun. So then I thought I could draw a house. I pulled out some watercolour paper and a 2B pencil. I was intending to draw a more realistic house, but a house in an illustration style came out. Probably because I was researching a book with children’s illustrations yesterday.

Craft Club Project

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Let’s revisit something that was made quite a few years ago when my friend Jo and I were holding a lunch time craft club at Spotswood Primary School. The children were asked to do drawings of themselves. I scanned the drawings, printed it onto transfer film and ironed it onto pieces of calico. I then sewed the shapes to make little dolls of the children.

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For the fete later in the year, I took some of the drawings and put them on the front of a lined calico bag to sell at our craft stall.

Dog Drawing

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We received a conte drawing worked by my husband’s Grandmother while we were in Sydney. It had been drawn many years ago. It looks like Bob, our dog who passed away just before Christmas 2014. He was a sweet dog, part Westie, part Shih Tzu. I couldn’t find a photo of him in the same pose as the drawing, but found one of him rolling in the grass, a thing he loved to do.

York Minster Treasures

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These photos have been coming around a lot on the screen saver slide show. When we were in the UK a few years ago we visited York Minster. Beautiful, lots of wonders to look at. One of the things I most remember are these tapestries. I think they are tapestry with embroidery embellishments. The photos are quite dark because I didn’t want to use the flash on the camera. I am guessing by their style they are 1970’s, but I haven’t been able to find out any information on them. I wish I had taken photos of every section.