Month: January 2011

How I Design a Theatre Set

I was sent an email from someone recently asking how I design a set for a play.  I’m sure I’m no expert, but figured, it wouldn’t be that hard to explain how I do it, and rather than sending them an email, I thought I would explain it here. One of the first things I do is the read the script.  I don’t like to look at photos of other sets and productions of the play because I like to form my own vision.  Usually while reading it I will get some ideas of how I think it is going to look.  I also mark, or take note of things like doors, windows and furniture.  How important they are in the play and how important it is for them to be in certain places. Once the play is read then I start doing some drawings and working out stuff in my head.  Usually that is the time to also talk to the director and find out if they have any specific requests for the set.  …

Putting it Out There

Last week I went to Cafe Racer to hang some of my prints.  I got four of them framed and hung them up there.  I hope some of you will go and check them out.  I think they look good.  I don’t have any photos of them hanging up yet, but will go back and get some. Cafe Racer is in St Kilda for those that don’t know.  It is on Beach Road near Luna Park. I am planning an exhibition there in July and should have a whole heap of work available by then.  I am working on quite a few new things. I am also hoping to enter some of these prints in competitions for prints as well.  I better get onto that.

Updating

I photographed the Men’s and Women’s Omnium on the weekend and got all the photos up on website by Sunday night.  I was really pleased with that.  If I can do that sort of thing more often, then it leaves me more time to work on my art. On Tuesday I went to the city again and saw the cake display at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms again.  It looked even better.  I took another photo, with my phone this time.I still think it would make a brilliant painting.  One day maybe I will do it. I have also, this week, been trying to make sure I do more on my lino.  I did the main face yesterday and I think it is looking quite good.  It is the biggest lino I’ve done and in the beginning I’m sure the size put me off doing it, but now that I’ve started, I just do it bit by bit.  Like I have done with all of them. It is really nice to see it coming together. I …

The City

Last week I went into the city both of my girls.  Briony needed to go to the dentist and the plan was while she was in the dentist, Klara and I would go exploring and take photos.  Well, Klara was in a bad mood and I didn’t really want to do anything with her.  Also, it was raining, so that left us with few options to take photos.  I carried my camera around everywhere and almost wrecked my neck.  I took almost no photos and my plans were destroyed. I did get one photo of something that I’ve been trying to get a photo of for a while, but whenever I go in there it isn’t usually as well displayed as it was that day.  Often have the cakes are gone, or there are empty spaces.  On this day I must have got them just when it had been stocked up. It is the display window for the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade.  If you are a woman and you live in Melbourne …

Finished Work

If you want to see some of the prints I’ve finished go to my website where I have put up about 9 that I have completed so far.  Sorry the photographs are not great.  I need to work on photographing the work.  The paper is a soft white colour or just white, not the gradual tones you see in the photos.

Working on the Lino

I have been trying to work on the lino as much as I can, but new problems seem to keep arising.  One is attemping to heat up the lino.  I know it is much easier if the lino is heated, and it does make easier to cut.  I thought I could use the sun, you know put the lino outside in the sun, but seriously, we haven’t seen the sun much over the last few days.  I know the sun is hot enough to do it, but it has to shine first. I had been thinking at one stage of buying a small hotplate, like you can get for the kitchen.  I figured it would be good for doing quite a few things, putting hard ground on copper, warming up my lino, and possibly could be of use when I’m proofing etchings.  I had lunch with my friend Kate the other day and we went to Good Buys.  We saw a few, initially I was only going to get single hotplate, but the double ones …

Summer Days

The weather is getting hotter and now with January here it will get even hotter.  My studio has no air conditioning and no real ventilation so it is impossible to work in in the summer.  Small periods of time is all I can last for.  So, I’ve had to bring some work inside. I’m also happy to report that I have started working on my art again.  The lead up to Christmas was too hectic, and then with the Christmas Carnivals and then the Bay Crits, I haven’t had a lot of time to just sit and work.  It is so nice to get involved in a new project. I have had to start working on silk cut lino, not my favourite, actually that’s not fair to say, I haven’t really used it before and therefore I don’t know how I will go with it.  I do find it crumbly, but perhaps I should have started on a smaller project first and got used to it a bit first. This is also the largest lino …