Sunday, January 29, 2012

Matisse Jazz

I've just been to GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) to see the Matisse: Drawing Life exhibition. This is described as "the most comprehensive exhibition of Henri Matisse’s prints and drawings ever mounted. Presented in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the exhibition includes more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists - Henri Matisse". 
I was more interested in his forays into print making but even more so in the paper cutouts phase which happened towards the end of his life. I had to wait until the very last part of the exhibition to see these but they were stunning. He used scissors to cut out simple forms from brightly colored paper painted to his specifications with gouache, then arranged them on another sheet of gouache-painted paper. 
Jazz (1947) is an artist's book of about one hundred prints based on paper cutouts.  The prints from Jazz have become classic images and have been reproduced countless times. I couldn't afford the book reproduction so bought a set of cards instead. Here are some of those classic images (thanks Wikipedia)
The Sword Swallower
And my long time favourite - Icarus
But perhaps even more special were the two screenprints on linen wall hangings Oceanie: Le Ciel and La Mer which depicted his time in Polynesia. Thirty sets were originally printed by the Belfast Silk and Rayon Company in 1948, each personally inspected and signed by Matisse - and here I was looking at one of them! 
In my internet searches for images, I also discovered these beautiful images (not in the Exhibition unfortunately)
Polynesia: The Sea 
and Polynesia: The Sky
So inspiring.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Some New Favourite Things

My new monoprint by artist Sandra Pearce

Some wood block prints by local artist Owen Hutchinson  (these are just cards which I framed)

And an unusual piece of sea glass - wonder what its history is

Now in my latest light catcher

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Printing Up a Storm

I've just finished printing up dozens of tea towels - exhausting but I was determined to get these done now, so I can spend some time on new designs. Already half of them are spoken for, but here's hoping the rest will be enough to satisfy demand for a little while.

And in the garden - I finally have my own gorgeous Pandorea jasminoides vine (Bower of Beauty) flowering.

Inspiration for a tea shirt print in the nineteen eighties

 - and now for a twenty first century tea towel!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Umbrella Tree in Crimson

Haven't tried this colour before - on placemats and teatowels in unbleached and creamy linens. And the local inspiration!

Monday, January 2, 2012

More Sea Glass

Now I have started collecting I can't stop. Here is the result of the last 4 or 5 days scavenging on the beach.

I read somewhere that sea glass is declining in quantity these days as much more is now being made of plastic. My walk along the surf beach at Currimundi on Boxing Day certainly supported that - just broken bits of coloured plastic. No glass at all.

I've found some lovely sea glass artists on MadeIt and Etsy. Here is an Australian site.

Actually this is just displacement behaviour - I really should be making PalumaPrint New Year Resolutions. So here goes......

1. spend more time on the artistic creative side - don't get sucked into too much production

2. explore other media and techniques

3. sew/make some different things from my screen prints

4. keep blogging

5. new designs

....that's enough. I feel tired already. I'm off to read my book.

On the design front, I have been looking at seeds lately. These are just what's in the garden at the moment.

(another resolution - learn to use my new(ish) camera properly)

I've been inspired by Sophie Munn - 2010 Artist in Residence at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and her blog and recently published booklet.