Urban Landscape Artist talk at RmIT Photography

Rebecca Najdowski invited me to do an artist talk to the 1st and 2nd years landscape class in photography. It was a whole lot of fun. I spoke about the work I had done this year on concrete and industrial landscapes. This was my first talk on landscape photography and my process behind the making the pictures. I showed the students my prints and test strips. Can’t wait to do another talk in the future.

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3DLut creator Course wiTh Les Walkling

Fantastic day with Les Walkling at his studio. Learning a new program for colour grading and luminosity masking. What would normally take a long time in photoshop you can do in seconds in 3D LUT creator. Look up tables have always been used in film production to grade the colour of films. Finally there is a program designed for photographers to make 3DLUTs. Can’t wait to experiment on my new images for this coming semester at RMIT.

Les Walkling’s studio

Les Walkling’s studio

 

NGV collection viewing day RMIT Masters of Photography

Had the amazing opportunity of going behind the scenes at the NGV with the RMIT Masters of Photography class. Shane Hulbert gave an interesting talk on each image and their importance in the history of photography in Australia. To see the prints up close was so enriching rather than an image on a screen or book.  

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Athol Shmith

Donna Bailey

Donna Bailey

Jane Burton

Jane Burton

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Matthew Sleeth  

 

Katrin Koenning, Swell and Peter Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild @ MGA Climarte Festival Art+climate=change 2019

Very excited to see these two shows at the MGA as part of CLIMARTE Festival: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019. Saw the Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild show in Canberra last year at the National Library. I highly recommend seeing this show if you love traditional landscape photography.   

Really loved seeing Katrin Koenning’s new show Swell. It’s a good contrast to Dombrovskis as it’s a more contemporary response to landscape and psychological territories. 

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On a Clear Day exhibition by Sarah Lynch, Aylsa McHugh & Daniella Ruffino.

It has been an inspiring journey to get to create On a Clear Day with the incredible Aylsa McHugh and Daniella Ruffino. Thanks to Les Walkling for the brilliant printing and Arten Framing for doing such an amazing job with the frames. 

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  The Boundless Inner Sky, by Sarah Lynch

 

ICI by Aylsa McHugh

ICI by Aylsa McHugh

Roman Concrete installation by Daniella Ruffino

Roman Concrete installation by Daniella Ruffino

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An amazing renaissance style food installation was arranged for the opening night. 

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An excellent turnout for the opening. Thanks to all that came.

 

Printing Exhibition Prints with Les Walkling

I can’t believe the the prints have come together for my group show On a Clear Day with help from the Master printer Les Walkling and his son Andre. There is no greater feeling than seeing them at a larger scale on the finest photographic paper. I went with Baryta Prestige for its smoothness and tone. It evokes the look and aesethic feel of traditional darkroom papers.  

I always learn so much working with Les and Andre on solving creative problems.  

Here are some the steps involved in the creative process of printing. 

 

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Les with coffee in hand checking test strips to see what else needs to be done

 

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All three final test strips together

 

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First large print rolling out, gloves on

 

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2nd print rolling out

 

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I had to be in this photo with my favourite print. It was so exciting to see it come out. 

 

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Time to package it up for the for the framers. 

Many thanks to Les and Andre Walkling for helping me to get to the next level for this exhibition.  

Nest step is framing. Stay tuned.  

 

Les Walkling course at the CCP- Understanding and Curating Pictures

I had the privilege of attending a whole weekend workshop at the CCP with Les Walkling. The workshop was the injection of inspiration I needed for my art practice. It is always interesting meeting new people who attend the workshops from varying backgrounds and have such different work to share. 

The workshop was about understanding how we see pictures by looking at the great master painters from history. From Titian to Claude and Poussin. What I liked is how Les showed us works of art that can be viewed at the NGV.  

In the course we drew the tonal composition and drawing composition of pictures. I have been sketching from books and at the NGV ever since the course. It is an old tradition to draw in front of the old master paintings and learn how they construct their compositions.

 

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Looking at a Rembrandt painting with Les

Exploring the NGV paintings and sketching

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The finding of the True Cross, Cola dell’ Armatrice, 1516

I was struck by this painting at the NGV and sketched it.

The crossing of the Red Sea, Poussin, 1637

The crossing of the Red Sea, Poussin, 1637

The scale of this painting is huge. You see it from the other end of the hall and it stands out at the NGV. The frame is exquisite.

 

River landscape with Tiburtine Temple at Tivoli (c. 1635) Claude Lorrain

River landscape with Tiburtine Temple at Tivoli (c. 1635) Claude Lorrain

Les also talked about Claude Lorrain. I then found out his use of light influenced Turner.  Turner wanted one of his paintings to placed next to Claude after his death in the Art Gallery of London.

 

J.M.W Turner, Falls of Schaffhausen, 1845

J.M.W Turner, Falls of Schaffhausen, 1845

 

MOMA at the NGV, Melbourne

I was so delighted to hear some of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art was coming to Melbourne. I visited MOMA when I went to NYC two years ago and I was blown away by how huge their collection of modern art was. This show case did not disappoint as it was a smaller and more refined collection. It was so invigorating to see the masters here in Melbourne from Matisse, Picasso, Magritte, Georgia O’Keefe and Man Ray to name a few. Be sure to catch this event, I will most definitely go again. 

 

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Matisse, Woman beside the water, 1905

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Georgia O’Keefe, Banana Flower, 1934

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Rene Magritte, The Portrait, 1935

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Man Ray, Peach and Leaf, 1934

 

The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, The Art Gallery of NSW

I had the pleasure of going on a road trip to Sydney to see The lady and the Unicorn tapestries at The Art Gallery of NSW. They were made in the 1500’s and only discovered in the 1800’s. There is a great mystery around who made them and why. Each tapestry represented the senses. The one below is taste.

 

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Arthur Boyd’s etchings Lady and the Unicorn was also on display. He reinterpreted the story along with poems from peter Porter.

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Photogravure print making day at Baldessin Press, St Andrews

What is a photogravure? This a question people me ask a lot. I love the process as I have to use materials like ink and paper on the print making press to get a print. It reminds of the hands on process in the darkroom. The results are beautiful and you can only print a small edition before the plate wears out. I want to show the process of getting a photogravure print with a polymer plate.

 

 

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Photo by Georgina Lucock

This is the Polymer plate you print your image on and make a digital negative.    

This is the Polymer plate you print your image on and make a digital negative. 

 

Once the plate has been exposed to UV and washed you need to leave it out in the sun to bake

Once the plate has been exposed to UV and washed you need to leave it out in the sun to bake

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Time to ink up the plate

 

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You need to buff the plate back to take away any excess ink

 

 

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Time to put the plate on the press and pull the print through

 

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This is the result of the Lilypads as a photogravure print

 

 

The Birds, New Mexico

My photogravure print ‘The Bird, New Mexico’ sold today. Edition 2/20. Brought back memories of Taos, New Mexico. Thanks to Anna Kiparis for all your support. 

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Les Walkling workshop at the CCP

Spent the whole weekend at the CCP at the Capturing and processing workshop with Les Walkling. I feel so inspired and learnt a lot about Lightroom. It was all about cataloguing your images and keywording. The stuff we can often neglect as image makers.

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Les Walkling editing my image in Lightroom, doing his magician work on it.

 

Trees, Hattah Lakes

Feels good to see my work printed and framed for a wedding gift. Thanks to Les Walkling for matching the Photogravure print to a digital print. The results were stunning. 

Trees, Hattah Lakes 2017

Trees, Hattah Lakes 2017

 

Sweetiepie, un Anthology, Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV

Throwback to 2004 when I was featured in un magazine, now in the un Anthology, for the show Sweetiepie at the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne Uni. It was a video art installation featuring my Performance art from my honours year. I found this at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV. Great to see small publishers and artists showcasing their books.

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Mist, Hattah Lakes

Mist, Hattah Lakes is off to a new home in Denmark. This was taken at Hattah Kulkyne National Park in 2017 in winter. The mist was so thick you couldn’t see the horizon. The print was made by using the photogravure process on a printing Press at the Baldessin Press in St Andrews. 

 

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NGV Triennial

Made it to the NGV Triennial. I was quite impressed at this block buster of a show. I couldn’t believe the amount of people there. More and more people seem to be attending the NGV these days compared to 15 years ago. Head on down for a visual treat. 

 

Flower Obsession by Yayoi Kusama

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Peter Dombrovskis ‘Journeys into the Wild’

I am so glad to have made it to Peter Dombrovskis ‘Journeys into the Wild’ at the National Library, Canberra. Les Walkling restored and prepared his transparencies for large prints. The Landscape course I attended by Les Walkling was all about this exhibition. It is the first large exhibition of his work. To see the prints up close was truly inspiring.

 

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Gerhard Richter ‘Landscapes’

Pretty stoked about getting this book in the mail today. Saw the Gerhard Richter ‘The Life of Images’ exhibition at GOMA in Brisbane. It was one of the most incredible shows I have seen to date. His mix of painting and photography was a delight to see in the flesh. 

 

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CCP Salon People’s Choice Award

I’m pleased to announce that I won the  CCP Salon Marion Boyce Costume Design People's Choice Award for my Wallaman Falls Print. Thank you to every one who voted for me. I won $250 worth of Fine Art printing from John Gollings Studio. Now I need to figure out what to print.

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