Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nasty Women Amsterdam Exhibition

From Saturday March 4th to Sunday March 12th my art is up at the Nasty Women Amsterdam Exhibition.

This is the Amsterdam sister of Nasty Women NYC, a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January.

183 Artists from 27 countries of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations have been so generous to donate more than 240 artworks, well-known and lesser known artists from the Netherlands and abroad. They want to make a statement, show solidarity and stand up for equal rights for women, LGBTQ, for everybody. They use the valuable tools they know: art. 

Together it’s an amazing fundraiser with artworks from € 1 to € 200. Hopefully all art will be sold to raise money for She Decides (fund for girls and women in third world countries), Women on Waves (providing abortion pills for women worldwide) and COC Amsterdam (LGBTQ rights).

We hope you will join the opening reception on Saturday, March 4, 4-8 pm at:
Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Wormerveerstraat 14, Amsterdam.
Closing party: Sunday, March 12.

Exhibition runs March 4 – 12, 2017
Josilda da Conceição Gallery,
Wormerveerstraat 15, 1013 JS Amsterdam
Opening Reception: March 4 from 4 – 8 PM
Opening hours: March 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 from 2 – 5 PM

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

From Drawing to Lino

During my ‘15 Lino’s in 30 Days’ challenge I got a few questions about my process. For instance how I transfer my drawing to the lino. So I thought it would be fun to write a blogpost about it.
This is my way of working and by no means I want to suggest it is the proper or only way to cut a lino.

1) First I make a quick sketch with my trusty Faber-Castell Grip Plus 0.7 pencil. I bought this pencil because of my old hand-/ thumb injury. Because of its broadness it has a nice grip.

2) Using that same pencil I make a very global copy on tracing paper.

3) Next I take the piece of lino I want to use and tape the tracing paper on top of it. To transfer the drawing from the tracing paper to the lino I use black carbon paper (the kind that’s for typewriting, somehow it works better than the blue kind which is meant for handwriting).
I use a Bic pen to trace the drawing.

4) When the tracing is done I use a Stanger CD/ DVD marker to make a detailed drawing on the lino using the carbon line as a guidance.
The marker takes to the lino and doesn’t get wiped off easily.

5) As you can see compared to the first sketch the drawing on the lino is much more 

6) Time to cut! For my birthday I got this L 11/1 gouge by Pfeil. It’s U-shaped and makes very nice fine lines. I used this gouge during the entire ‘15 Lino’s in 30 Days’ challenge.
For bigger surfaces I used my regular Abig lino cutting toolset which also worked perfectly.
When you look at this picture you still see the CD/ DVD marker markings but to get a really clear picture I use another marker.

7) Here I used the Staedtler permanent Lumocolor marker to have a more clear image.
Having finished this this is the part where I squint my eyes and have an image of what the print is going to look like!

8) Ready to print!!

After the first test-print I got the sense I missed something in the face and added a little line to suggest a sleepy raccoon eye. You can find the end result here!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Lessons Learned

This was the 3rd time I participated in Leslie Saeta’s ‘30 Paintings in 30 Days’ challenge and it was the hardest and most challenging of all.
For the longest of time I’ve been trying to start making lino’s again but every time something would come up or I would simply decide to do something else.
In the past I’ve done lots of etchings and lino’s. In 2008 I injured my thumb and wrist by working too hard on a commissioned etching. I thought that if I took some time off, gave my hand a rest, the pain would disappear like it did before but it didn’t. It turned out to be an inflamed muscle or tendon, the doctors weren’t sure. To my frustration I didn’t get the proper help and ended up not being able to make art with my drawing hand for a year.
First I switched to my left hand and after a while back to my right and to inks. It took years before I could use pencils and pastels again without hurting. Etching and lino are physically very demanding so getting back in the saddle of making linocuts was a biggie.
That’s why I decided to turn Leslie Saeta’s ‘30 Paintings in 30 Days’ challenge into the
'15 Lino’s in 30 Days' challenge. Cut one day, print the next.
I knew this was going to be a difficult challenge and wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it because of my old injury. But I did!
It is a huge relief to know I’m able to do lino’s again, maybe even drypoint etchings! I just need to set some rules for myself. Important is to take regular, small brakes.

So after 30 days of hard work I ended up with 15 new lino’s in one month’s time, which is a lot!
I ended up with some callus on my fingertips and (only) 4 cuts in my fingers.
Most importantly I ended up with the knowledge I can do lino’s again and I’m able to take on big projects!!

Monday, 30 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 30

Finished! All 15 linocuts and their prints are done!
I really wanted to end the challenge with a hibernating brown bear. I’m glad how it turned out. This one was a lot of work, the face was so lovely, I needed to get that! Cautious not to cut away too much I think it took me over an hour to do just the head because the facial expression is so delicate.
Tomorrow I’ll write more about what this challenge has offered me.

Sleepy Bear, Linocut, 30x24 cm, 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 28

Here’s yesterday’s fennec printed. They were one of my favourite animals when I was a kid and if I remember correctly it was the first animal I drew live at the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal ZooSince then I drew many, many times at the zoo. In a way I’m not a fan of zoos in general but they do make it easy for artists to draw animals live instead of using pictures.

Sleepy Fawn, Linocut, 30x24 cm, 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 26

At the last moment I decided to add a little hint of an eye. The so called robbers mask was a bit too black without it I think. Mischief managed.
Oh, and a good night's rest did help!

Sleepy Fawn, Linocut, 30x24 cm, 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 25

Cutting this raccoon was actually the first time my hands started to hurt. I expected that to happen much earlier. As some people asked a while ago my fingertips feel funny, my thumb hurts and also my old injury started to act up. I hope a good night’s sleep will help…

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 24

Yay, also happy with this one! I love how the fur looks like a wavy surface. After this one I can actually picture myself making birth announcements like this!

Sleepy Fawn, Linocut, 30x24 cm, 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 23

Every year I try to make a New year’s print for my customers. This year a sleeping fawn
much like this one. In a way the New year’s print was the first of this series. I wanted to
include a fawn in this series because they are so sweet hiding in the tall grass. This one is
similar to the one I did before but definitely not the same!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 22

I like everything about this image, the striped face, the big button-nose , the feet… and also how the fur ended up. Again, like the skunk-print a lot of fun to cut.
Sleepy Badger, Linocut, 30x24 cm, 2017

Saturday, 21 January 2017

15 Lino’s in 30 Days – Day 21

Black-and-white animal number two: the European badger!
The European badger has a bit more of a sweet appearance compared to the American badger and honey badger who look more stocky. European badgers are known to have big families and share their burrows with other animals like rabbits, red foxes and raccoon dogs.
All badgers are carnivores. European badgers feed mainly on earthworms, large insects, small mammals, carrion, cereals and root tubers.