SUNRISE - RAM PADDOCK HILL
This is the second in a
small series of images using a linocut created at a recent
artists’ camp at Bunginderry Station, Quilpie. Without the
printing press supplied at the camp, the print is more
organic, showing up the imperfections of hand-rubbing the
ink from block to paper.
The subjects used for the
linocut were a piece of gnarled timber and scattered stones
on top of the Ram Paddock Hill at Bunginderry (reminded me
of the bendee ridges at home but a bit redder and vegetation
When collaging the print to
canvas I boo-booed, it’s upside down! I believe mistakes
like this are meant to happen –the rocks acquired some
trunks and became trees, so instead of the patterned timber
we have the hill itself.
The canvas was undercoated
with raw sienna acrylic and washed with natural ochres.
These were found in the Quilpie area and elsewhere, ground
in mortar and pestle, and mixed with acrylic medium to
render them stable. The print was hand coloured with natural
ochres and finishing touches were made with outliners – for
me, blue, gold and copper are indispensible outback colours.