Hi, I realise it has been a little while since I have written, not for the lack of working probably just the opposite. It has been a hectic time, working on some large images, trying out a few new ideas and taking part in a wood cut course. Not to mention a birthday trip to see the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy, definitely worth a visit if you get the chance.
I will return to some of these themes at a later date, but to start with here are some of the new ideas I have been playing with. I have always been fascinated by playing with visual perception. How manipulation of lines and shapes can change the feel of the surface. With my drawings the surface is very one dimensional, but by using printing it is possible to repeat layers, offsetting slightly and that then builds up the image surface creating more dimensions.
The image show some little experiments with these ideas, currently pinned to the studio wall. They use both positive and negative versions of the same drawing. Changing the colours of the image and background and the amount of shift can make a significant difference to the final images. In the bottom right I tried rotating the basic image between prints and again a whole new feel results.
This is definitely an area that I will be exploring further.