Waikawa Walks Pigments

Waikawa Bay is near Waitohi/Picton on Queen Charlotte Sound, and they are connected by a track through the Victoria Domain Park. There are other tracks in the Domain and you can walk to end of the peninsula; The Snout. We tried most of these three tracks and here are a couple of photos: We were…

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Open House Printmakers: New Work

We set up our new exhibition at the Oxford Gallery, on the 6th October. As you can see we have very different approaches to printmaking. OPEN HOUSE PRINTMAKERS : NEW WORK Kathy Anderson, Jo Ernsten, Casey Macaulay, Ruth Stanton-Mcleod, Kris Waldin, Tessa Warburton & Celia Wilson 7-24 October 2021 Here is my submission. For this set of hand…

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Paint Making Workshop

My most recent workshop was held for a group of local school children. They were very quick to understand the paint making process, and made lots of bottle tops of paint – on average four each. I had not tested the Waikawa ochre pigment before, so I chose it for the paint making demonstration. I…

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Birdlings Flat Pigment

Not sure why I had not tried this method of making pigment before. The volcanic rock is mainly red but has a lot of other minerals in it, and as you can see the ground pigment varies in red-brown colours. The ground pigment fell through the file onto the paper. I made paint with the…

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Earth Paints

I usually put left over paint from my tests into wine bottle tops and attach a piece of paper to record the location, the date made and/or date collected and the colour. Here’s a selection that I pulled out the other day.

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Waimakariri Green Pigment

A page from one of my test books, showing this green sedimentary rock from the Waimakariri river. I make these tests every time a new paint is made. This in my ninth A4 book.

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Okuku Yellow

I found this pigment at Okuku Saddle, situated north of Oxford, in the Lees Valley. This was a chunk of loess from beside the road and above is the watercolour and gouache paint made from this pigment. The colour of the paint is reasonably true – varying from light tan when thick, to yellow when…

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Open House at Arts in Oxford

Open House is a great experience. We are in the final few weeks of the artist in residence project (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) . We think we have spoken to the public for about 60% of the time we have been in the gallery working. Its has been very satisfying to talk to visitors…

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April 2020

Repeat Patterns Autumn now in the garden; mallow flowers still calling the bees, and dandelion clocks lingering in the grass. Two patterns, one off-register. This was accidentally the result of painting in watercolours a sheet of tracing paper laid over the ink outline pattern. I married the two scans together in Photoshop to create this…

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Bookbinding

Have had a flurry of making prints to bind into books. These books are the result of making folios with painted paper and paper printed by two gelatine printing plates, one bought and one home made. This is the latest effort; a book covered with acrylic paint on thick hot press paper (600 gsm or…

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