Thursday, February 23, 2012

Swapping Margaret Olley.

As in my previous post I was talking about the group I belong to and the yearly swap we do.

The theme this year was a tribute to Margaret Olley and an obvious choice of subject would be still life.Too easy so I decided to avoid that and approached the trusty computer for more information. I came across the Companion of the Order Medal, there was my subject. So settle back with a cuppa and enjoy your well earned break.....

I put into action the artistic license we all share and chose not to add the Mimosa springs on the ribbon, now there was a challenge which I don't mind from time to time but that was pushing it a bit!!!
One of many drawings.

 A couple of changes have been made, moving on, decisions, decisions.

I think there is something happening with this one even though I like the other one.Maybe I can use it for another project later?

Working on some finer details, do I want the background one colour, the leaves hand coloured or not,
 how much detail should be included?

And this led me to thinking about the border,soooo many ideas to contemplate.

Decision is made and here is the lino plate. Nice and simple in design.

Okay you haven't fallen asleep have you? Maybe you had better get another cuppa. This is a quick  hand pulled print with one idea of where to apply that colour! Don't worry changes are ahead.

And again new ideas forming as I progress. I do like the musical notes , no I don't know the first thing about music , just what I like to listen to. They have a certain quality about them.

See how one thought leads to another. What about calligraphy and use her name so off to practise my calligraphy, which meant I had to consider the size and where will it appear behind the image and how to get it there?

Starting to really develop this piece and can you imagine putting sprigs of flowers on that ribbon?
The size of the prints doesn't change from year to year, one of our conditions . It is the A4  size which means the ribbon isn't especially wide,well not to add sprigs onto....

After having chosen the background under the ribbon and medal it was time to cut away the excess paper.

Nearly finished , just have to cut 15 more prints as it was an edition of 16, the biggest one we have produced for the swap.

Presenting the finished print and I am happy with my choice of not colouring the leaves as it has made a nice contrast to the medal which is the focal point.

As I mentioned in the beginning about still life  I still wanted something to indicate that Margaret was an artist hence the frame and included the gum leaves as the Australian native symbol.


  1. I agree with the decision to restrict the colours.

    1. Thanks Di and less is more sometimes, creates more impact.

      and thank you Arzigogolare for taking the time and your comment.

  2. I found my way to your blog after seeing your comment on Arzigogolare (thanks!), and really enjoyed reading about the detailed process for your Margaret Olley-inspired edition. It's lovely!
    - Lisa

  3. Hello Alison, I thought I would visit, after your kind and thoughtful comments on my own blog. I'm glad I did - this is such an interesting post. What a fab way to make prints - almost a collage technique. I really like the finished result and it was so interesting to see the whole process.
    I agree about the leaves - it really looks like a "print", with the plain, uncoloured area; and as you said, it provides a great contrast to the colours of them medal. I like the detail you have used and the fact that you hand-wrote the text for the panel you placed behind the medal.
    A fab piece of work!
    Have you come across Mariann Johansen-Ellis before (the artist who I visited in Spain)? She's well worth a blog-visit ( Her linocut prints are great - full of fun and colour. She also creates etchings and paintings too. I am a long-time admirer and was so pleased to meet her at last.

    I'm glad I came to see your blog. I'm off to have a bit of a dig-round the other posts and I'm sure I will be back!

    1. Hello Lizzie, very nic eto meet you and pleased liked this one and I have had a few encouraging comments. I am familiar with Mariann-Johansen's work , and a lot of others I get quiet envious!!
      Keeps me learning and practising.

  4. Alison, this is such an interesting post. I loved following your progress with the prints. Wonderful result!

    1. Thanks Carol,I enjoyed this exercise.I need to do more printing though.