Charmaine Watkiss

My big drawing – Lost,Found – is currently exhibiting at the all female exhibition Art at the Bridge #7, in the Victorian engine rooms at Tower Bridge. I was one of 15 artists selected by the organisers Southwark Arts Forum. This is an exciting opportunity and a perfect location for my drawing. The exhibition runs until 31st July.

 

buildingBridges

I have been a busy bee lately at work so it is always lovely when I can go into the studio and just draw. I am continuing with the work I started on my foundation and am setting myself small manageable projects. I decided to draw the fragments that I found on the Thames foreshore because they are so interesting and beautiful.

I enlarged on of the fragments onto A1 cartridge paper (59.4 x 84.1cm, 23.39 x 33.11 inches)

I enlarged on of the fragments onto A1 cartridge paper (59.4 x 84.1cm, 23.39 x 33.11 inches)

I took a reference image using a macro lens on my camera

I took a reference image using a macro lens on my camera

I then gridded up the image using the free ipad app – Jacksons Art Grid. Great tool, it works out all the measurements for you all you have to do is put in the size of paper you are using.

It took me a couple of Saturday's to fully render this drawing.

It took me a couple of Saturday’s to fully render this drawing.

It has been quite a while since I last posted anything to my blog. I had been really busy with my foundation course which has now finished. This is my final piece. The course has been very rewarding and full of surprises. I joined the course thinking that I would be pursuing sculpture and came out at the end of it with a life sized drawing, a path that I definitely want to develop. I also have my own studio too, so many positives have come out of the course. After spending quite a few years working as a designer, in front of a computer it has been wonderful to work with my hands and develop my own ideas again. I just want to keep on going!

This was my final exhibition. The work is about London's history relating to the river so I presented the work with fragments I found along the shores of the Thames

This was my final exhibition. The work is about London’s history relating to the river so I presented the work with fragments I found along the shores of the Thames

This is the first time I have ever created a drawing this size, normally I work A2 maximum. This drawing is 148cm high. I worked on this drawing pinned to my studio door.

This is the first time I have ever created a drawing this size, normally I work A2 maximum. This drawing is 148cm high. I worked on this drawing pinned to my studio door.

I completely lost myself in the process of drawing

I completely lost myself in the process of drawing

The coat is a mixture of graphite, ink and watercolour

The coat is a mixture of graphite, ink and watercolour

Some of the fragments I found on the Thames

Some of the fragments I found on the Thames

I am exhibiting in another ELP show at the Embassy Tea Gallery. Looking forward to it. The private view is this Tuesday 16th September.

20140914-203234-73954627.jpg

This is a close up of my print ‘Fallen Angel’, it is a combination print – Lithograph, screen print and collage
20140914-203404-74044577.jpg I have been on Instagram a lot more than WordPress lately as it is much easier and quicker to make posts on the go. You can find me here @mswatkiss

Yesterday we carved our blocks and printed our first proofs, today we will be making adjustments and refinements and deciding on colours.

 

My blocks all carved. It took the best part of a day

My blocks all carved. It took the best part of a day

 

A selection of our test proofs using cyan, magenta and black inks. Today we will decide what colours to use

A selection of our test proofs using cyan, magenta and black inks. Today we will decide what colours to use

Today we started out by going for a one hour silent walk. We had to focus on colour and tone and any colours that stood out from the landscape. We then went back to the studio and created our own colour palettes based on what we saw this morning. We had to also name our colour series and write about what our colours meant to us. 

It was a lovely experience walking through this landscape in silence

It was a lovely experience walking through this landscape in silence

We were all inspired by the colours we saw

We were all inspired by the colours we saw

I am here yet again on another printmaking workshop, this time I am doing Italian woodcut with Umberto, we are using Tarot iconography as our inspiration. Today was an introductory day. Umberto odd most of the work, we all had a go at making some test prints. An exhausting but satisfying day.

Lovely start to the day with breakfast

Lovely start to the day with breakfast

Gloriously sunny day

Gloriously sunny day

 

Our tools were all laid out for us

Our tools were all laid out for us

 

Registration of the key block

Registration of the key block

Our test prints

Our test prints