Friday, June 11, 2010

Pelican update


The cheque for my grant arrived today which turns it into reality and means that I have to get down to business.  Part of that business is buying supplies to enable me to produce more gyotaku.

I've been quietly working away in the background on Japanese paper that I invested in awhile back and my store of fresh and frozen fish.  I've since bought more paper and will be purchasing even more.  I need enough to experiment with different types of paper and to have enough to wet mount the ones that I want to keep.

I will also purchase a cross section of printmaking inks to see which work best for the technique.  I've been using water based so far and they're fine but not high quality.  I'll invest in some oil and water based ones to see which produce the best prints for me.

While I know I will be spending money on supplies, the quantity that adds up in a little 'faux shopping' online is somewhat scary.  However, I'm sure I'll get over it quickly enough...

Meanwhile, some more watercolour brings me back down to earth with the pelican.  He's starting to take on a stronger shape now and colours creeping in to provide form.

12 comments:

Diahn said...

This is going to be gorgeous! Wow!

And spending money on art supplies is AWESOME! I'm looking forward to seeing all your gyotaku experiments!

Billie Crain said...

Your pelican is taking shape quite nicely. He has a look of such disdain. Quite intimidating actually.

sue said...

Your pelican is coming along beautifully - love the colours so far

Jeanette said...

Thanks Diahn and yes buying art supplies is always fun.

I can't share a lot of the gyotaku that I'm doing for this project as I'll be offering it to a few galleries for grabs next spring. But there will be some peeks into it.

Billie, I love the 'looking down his nose' pose of this bird. Disdain is perfect as BP has destroyed his home.

Thansk Sue. I'll take a daylight picture today that shows the colours better.

Gesa Helms said...

Great news and happy restocking, Jeanette. The inks I've been working with and really like are Caligo Safe Wash - they are oil-based but can be washed off with soap and water. They turn out really well and give a good coverage. I've never used water-based ones (the print studio has oil-based) ones, so I can't compare with water but they are good when compared with the oil-based ones.

Jeanette said...

Gesa, thanks for letting me know about that brand. Oil that washes up with soap and water would be ideal. I'll have to see if they're available this side of the Atlantic.

Margaret Bednar said...

I just love your watercolor paintings. I am just learning the medium (and everything else!) and enjoy studying your techniques. This guy is very grand - he has an air of dignity about him that is charming.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Must be so exciting to have the cheque in hand! Well done and good luck!
Great watercolour taking shape. Will peek in again soon for sure :D

Jan said...

Beautiful, Jeanette! I have such a bias toward the ungainly, seemingly unlovely like your pelican. You're bringing him to life wonderfully too.

Super on the check and have a ball shopping for art supplies! I know you'll spend the money wisely and have some beautiful art for us to see - eventually!

RHCarpenter said...

He's looking quite handsome! Looking forward to more printmaking experiments and challenges...

Wanda said...

Absolutely beautiful....and elegant.

Childhood Furniture said...

Your Pelican is looking very beautiful.