Book Binding

I’ve been working on a small Artist’s Book the last few days or so. The artwork is from an old sketchbook, an en plain air graphite sketch I did while holidaying on South Stradbroke Island, back in the early ninties. I had the sketch copied to acetate at the time for another project. A couple of years ago I used the acetate copy for a cyanotype. Here I have copied the acetate black line image onto rice paper. I’ve torn the paper to create a new concept.

I snapped this photo while I was contemplating whether to glue these pieces in this position or to the left. Choosing to the right. I am enjoying learning bookbinding techniques through the Domestika Online Course.

Having the iPad for watching, and replaying … and replaying :), the instructions has made it easier. I am surprised at the fine detail required for the different steps of professional bookbinding. The tape was hand-made as I wasn’t able to get Tyvek sheets. I dyed some fine cotton fabric with thinned acrylic paint (Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, and white) to match the natural toned cardboards I’m using. Attached to the pages with double sided adhesive. All very fiddly but satisfying. This little book will be a concertina style with an environmental concept.

WIP

My hubby sure has grown a lot of roses over the years. They are always absolutely beautiful. I have photographed so many of them, usually in the garden, sometimes as studio shots. And I have often painted them, usually in a traditional Still Life composition with a vase etc.

The Work in Progress

This is the first time I’ve painted them on such a large canvas, 100 x 100cm stretched linen. I’m working with acrylics and using the traditional oil painting technique – give or take a little artistic license, and a few complementary flowers 🙂

Some of my photos of my husband’s gardens and roses

So this week – I’ve still been painting them – there’s a lot 🙂

I’m not a gardener. To me – a rose is a rose is a rose! So I had to number the rose/photos and create a legend as I was quickly getting lost LOL!! I have scattered several pretty Montville Roses through the artwork and I’m picking these fresh from our new garden to paint directly.

We live in the sub-tropics, so although it is Autumn here, the weather is still in the high 20’sC and the paint is drying quite quickly, but I prefer not to use drying retarders. The only medium I add is Atelier Binder Medium diluted with water, 1 part in 4. Occasionally I add a light spray of water if it thickens. For large areas I mix the colours and store in jars, and just take out a little at a time to spare the paint drying too much.

WIP – Detail picture (also cover image) of roses so far with the darker tones painted

A Peek at My New Studio

Visitors have always been welcome to my studio either by appointment or on published Open Studio Days.  Everyone loved the great she-shed I used to have in the back yard! It was beautifully nestled under towering trees and just behind the cottage garden that my husband had created. There was enough room for me to make quite a lot of mess, and to do the artist thing of hoarding, because we all know that we might just need ‘that’ for an artwork one day. Not to mention sketches, paintings, and assignments that were still hanging around from QCA Griffith Uni days! It was only a short stroll past the rose gardens but in later years it became harder for me getting uphill (plus carrying water for brushes), and in all extremes of weather.

My old studio at Avocado Lane in Maleny.

Last July we moved to the Bald Knob side of Maleny. My new studio is on the lower level of our home, so no more carrying pots, brushes, umbrella and water in the rain. There is a separate study for my digital work. It looks out to a rain forest, just divine, with happy birds singing. The painting area has fresh running water 🙂 Woohoo! Plus a kettle etc., air con, a covered veranda, and even a loo, LOL! I am feeling very blessed and loving it. Spending many, many hours here, creating, working, enjoying, daydreaming, and relaxing with the amazing views across the hinterland to the Sunshine Coast.

Two views of my new studio – a little pano-stretch to fit it all in 🙂

Living on the escarpment provides amazing views but the narrow road means no street parking nearby and we have limited parking on our property. It is a smaller work space, so while we have the COVID-19 factor I have decided not to have publicized open days for the public as safe spacing, and waiting, may be problematic. Private viewing is still Okay, COVID safe protocols are in place, just contact me to make a time. I look forward to seeing you. Cheers, Judi

Happy New Year – NEW BEGINNINGS

HAPPY 2021!!

The past weeks since I last blogged seemed to have sped by. Time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year have been wonderful. I love the whole season, the shopping, the gift giving, the food preparations, the partying and celebrations, and just being together. I hope your Christmas holidays were special too. It is lovely to be back in my studio this past week

In early December I started a series of new paintings on the the theme of butterflies and flowers. As you’d know butterflies symbolize so many things, such as, hope, happiness, new life, to mention a few. This is an unusual subject for me, I know, but it has been on my “Gonna Paint It’ list for a decade of so, LOL (better late than never). These are all from my own photographs over the years. Some are on my iStock/Getty portfolio, others appear in my DVD movies and Picture Books for the Care Industry. Some I’m using artistic license and repeating some of the butterflies onto other  photos of flowers in my garden over the years. Today I signed off on the second finished painting. I’ll be releasing (pardon the pun) the Butterflies series when several are completed.

Having given up oils a year ago for my health I’m surprised to say that I am no longer missing them! Oh joy – and I’m really embracing the freedom and variety of water-based media 🙂 With this new series I’m working with acrylics on canvas, and on Arches 300gsm cotton papers just watercolours, and also Mixed Media that includes watercolours, gouache and inks. All works will be available at my Bluethumb Portfolio – if you ‘Follow’ me there you’ll receive a note regarding new works when they’re added. Cheers, Judi

SNEAK PEEKS: A few phone-snaps of works in progress …