Back in Edinburgh last week after an amazing weekend at Inchnadamph. I tried to continue my momentum in the studio, but I was a bit distracted by all the activities in St Margaret's House - it was 'Open Week'. Thanks to all of you who looked in to see me and my studio - always good to chat.
I did manage to do a little work. I thought I should have a go at continuing with the beeswax to create encaustic paintings, following up from the course in August. The smaller one - a morning view at Luskentyre was based on this acrylic painting.
I tried another Harris painting, focusing on the view of the North Harris hills, really based on this painting.
Again I worked into it further and introduced more colour, more enriched. I left it looking like this. I'm not sure if this composition works quite as well.
My other main activity this week was a session at Edinburgh Printmakers (had to close my studio that day!). I wanted to make a new plate after my 6 week absence, but I've been thinking so much in colour recently that I found it very difficult to settle down to doing any meaningful drawing. However, I had some 'MMR' (plastic film) and I finally managed on Wednesday to do a few drawings. I was intending to make a copper plate etching, but I realised that there was quite a lot of tonal variation in the drawings. So I was persuaded to buy some (expensive) 'Toyobo' and use this instead. I ended up doing two etchings - and I was really pleased that I remembered most of what I was supposed to do (using my notes) although I did get a bit confused over exposure times.
The first is a view similar to my Crannog view (based on Loch Assynt). It turned out like this.
The second was a drawing based on my Aberdour tree.
Anyway - open studios week has now ended, so there are really no excuses now for not getting on with more work - but I'm sure I'll think of something.