I spent a lot of time in the studio this month looking at sketches, reading colour notes and developing ideas for larger works. I am keen to start painting more but also want to continue with my printmaking. In the past I have found it impossible to do both at the same time, as a result the two disciplines have felt very separate.
I re-read a Hughie O'Donoghue catalogue "Richer Dust" that discusses why he chooses carborundum prints as an essential part of his arts practice rather than it being a sideline to his paintings. In my case it is the other way around, I am a printmaker looking for a way to make paintings part of my practice.
Surface is of primary concern to me, the manipulation of materials during plate making could be transferred to painting methods with the investment of some studio time. It is becoming obvious to me that I need to allow far more time for developing new methods and ideas without feeling pressure to exhibit regularly.
"...any significance the works have is from going into the surface, in an attempt to make meaning..."
"...rich texture of meaning invested in the image..."
from Hughie O'Donoghue and the Carborundum Print by Craig Hartley in "Richer Dust' 2002