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Lorrie Whittington
30 January 2010 @ 11:53 am
Bill very flatteringly asked if he could use some of my blog entries to feed onto the site,  The ARTISTS Center.  Naturally I accepted and I am honoured.  He has chosen to feature a short write up I did recently about why people give up art when they leave school, and the importance of drawing as therapy. Not only that, but he gave me a sterling endorsement, I almost don’t recognise myself.

Oh, and I speak fluent ‘Geek’ apparently. I didn’t  know whether to be proud or vaguely embarrased. I always thought I was one of the ‘cool’ kids (and cool girls didn’t go out with geeky boys).  But as my friend Ian aka zilla774 says, ‘its cool to be an internet geek.’
Edited to add:
I am in fact very proud to be a ‘Geek’, read Bill’s reply to my post to find out why!

Lorrie Whittington on the importance of art — The ARTISTScenter.

Interview for The ARTISTS Center

Entitled ‘Lorrie Whittington talks about business and art’.
The lovely Bill has posted the second part of my interview, and it reads rather well. Comments and feedback are always appreciated.
Lorrie Whittington
30 January 2010 @ 11:43 am

Well, I finally made time to do a print run of the Celtic Heart I designed earlier in the week. I drew it free hand using the carbon pen supplied with the machine. However, next time I am going to prepare the design digitally and print with a laser printer.  The design incorporated strong clean lines and I tried to keep it as unfussy as possible, going for a bold and dynamic design.

It went extremelly well, and out of a print run of approx 55 sheets of cartridge, I would say only about six are not good enough to sell. I followed all the tips and advice I had gleaned from various blogs and tutorials and they helped enormously. I remembered to add the foam strip around the design, and this helped to keep the ink directly onto the image and thus maintain and even spread and a good print. However, sadly, yet again the screen did not surive. The PVA I painted onto the frame did not protect it, and water did soak into the screen and ruin it (perhaps I should not have tried to clean it under the tap?). In hindsight, I think I should have tried to remove as much of the excess ink from the screen as I could before I tried to clean it.

I would love, nay NEED to hear from other Gocco afficianados on how they clean their screens. Luke seems to think that most people bag up their screens, including the ink, keep them in the fridge and just add more ink when doing another print run. However, I know for a fact that some people have been able to clean the screens sufficiently to be able to not only use a different colour ink for another run, but even re-fire them.

Where can I buy one?
Oh,  and they are now on sale in my shop: Art4Sale and Misi

Lorrie Whittington
22 January 2010 @ 10:30 am
Last last year Bill Weaver creator of The Artists Center approached me with a view to being a featured artist for the site. I was naturally thrilled and jumped at the chance. He sent me quite an impressive list of questions for an interview, which would be spaced out over the period of January 2010. I got to work, and despite one or two delays due to acts of God, illness and such like,  I finished my interview yesteray and submitted it to him. He wrote back promptly, telling me how pleased he was, and that not only did he intend to feature the article, but that he would like me to be a guest writer for the blog, and that appropriate posts from my own blog would feed to the site.

It was quite a challenge, and the questions Bill sent me were pretty thorough and covered a lot of ground, but I really enjoyed it, despite that writing about oneself can be quite a daunting task. Here is Part I of my interview. Also on the site is a nifty video of my work spliced to some pretty funky music.

Thanks Bill for such a great opporunity for some fantastic exposure, and a very flattering introduction to the interview. Bless you.

If you do go and have a read, please do leave a comment, as it's so appreciated by both Bill Weaver (who puts so much work into the site) and I.

Lorrie Whittington
13 January 2010 @ 09:31 pm
Recently inished another painting. One of my favourite themes and colour palettes. Tribal and ethnic inspired art and colour. Acrylic on 10x10 deep edges canvas. The pattern goes all round the sides. Terrible light at the moment, so have only taken a couple of shots of it on my drawing board. I will take better pictures when we have good light. It is also unvarnished. I shall do that in a few days. Next on my list is some Gocco printing.

Lorrie Whittington
13 January 2010 @ 09:25 pm
   January SALE Buster!! 

I am currenly offering 25% everything in my shop Art4sale, which includes original art and Prints, and FREE shipping until the end of January!

Lorrie Whittington
13 January 2010 @ 09:20 pm
Late last year I bought a Gocco printer. I had wanted one for ages and when the rather talented Mel from Inkmeup bought one and blogged about it, I decided to get one. I bought a second hand PG10 from the lovely Liz at  Dreaming Spirals. However, as with most things in my life, it took a while to get around to actually designing some art and printing.

I went through my sketchbooks and found a design I liked, drew it out in pencil and then overdrew using the carbon ink pen provided, it came out rather well. Having produced my art I was ready to Gocco. I decided to get my husband Luke to help, was this a mistake? Well, yes and no. It was helpful to have someone help me make sense of the Japanese manual and watch the Etsy Labs tutorial, work out the process etc, and somehow we muddled through, albiet with a bit of arguing. We got the screen fired ok, and were then ready to ink and print. Was it messy? **ck yes! The black ink I used had separated and applying it to the screen was haphazard to say the least. Keeping it off the rug required some skill (and a good deal of barracking from the OH). However, I got there in the end and managed to produce some nice prints. Sadly, due to my excessive inking, the screen did not survive and I had to throw it away. So, the prints from this run really are the only ones that will be produced from that design. I printed onto a selection of different papers and card, mostly Khadi paper, some Conte paper and a few pieces of watercolour paper.

Things I learnt were: keep the design simple and central when using a Gocco for the first time. Smooth paper and card prints better, at least until you have become adept at using the printer, and understand exactly how much pressure to apply holding the printer closed and for how long. Lastly, (this one courtesy of Mel), before applying the ink, rather than squeezing from the tube directly onto the screen, squeeze some ink into a plastic container, stir the ink thoroughly and then apply to the screen using the small pallette knife provided.

Here are some shots of the prints I made, plus a couple of me amidst the carnage. All the good prints can be bought from my shop Art4Sale, I now only have a few left to sell sadly and there wont be any more of this design.

And here is the carnage of my living room.


Lorrie Whittington
04 January 2010 @ 08:11 pm
Firstly, I would like to wish everyone I know a truly wonderful Happy New Year to all of you. I hope it is peaceful, joyous, harmonious, loving, giving, generous, prosperous and all that you hoped for.

I am not going to make this blog a retrospective of the past year and all my thoughts and views. I have read too many of them already. Suffice to say it's been one of ups and downs, both economically, spiritually, creatively and emotionally. 2009 could have been better in so many ways, and like most people, I am not sorry to leave it behind.

I am hoping that with a new year and a new decade that I can be a better person, that I can view life more optimistically and achieve more than I did in 2009.

I am kicking off the year with a Blog Giveway!!!

Running for the next month, untill January 31st. I am offering a from my A5 Prints range, FOUR FREE A5 PRINTS, AND a set of FOUR FREE POSTCARDS.

To enter you need to do the following. Not all mind, but extra entries for doing more than one. Obviously if you do them all, then you get six entries. Please reply here letting me know what you have done to enter, and don't forget to let me know which four prints you like. The postcards set will be a surprise!!

1) Sign up for my Shop Newsletter
2) Tweet this giveaway
3) Blog this giveaway
4) Facebook this giveway
5) Follow my Blog
6) Follow my Facebook page

Good luck everyone, and again..a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Lorrie Whittington
04 January 2010 @ 07:24 pm
Yep. Since I closed my Etsy shop, getting  a lot more work done. Two finished paintings, about three nearly done and a plethora of drawings, aceo's and sketchbook work.  Despite the shocking light I managed to get some reasonably decent shots of two paintings. Scans of my finished drawings and aceos will have to wait a bit though. My new wide angles lens will be here hopefully tomorrow and I am starting the new year next week with some serious photography and painting. Orla will be at school full time, so when I am not looking for a job, (sadly the terrifying mortgage requires I find work) I will be either painting, drawing or out with my camera.

The top painting is acrylic on 10x10 canvas, not for sale as this was intended as a competition piece and I have not decided yet whether to enter it or not. The bottom painting called 'Candy' was meant to be a fun piece and is also acrylic on 8x8 canvas and is for sale in my shop: Art4Sale. Sadly, again because of poor light, the colours aren't as vibrant as in real life, particularly in 'Candy'.

Paintings finished: Tidal II and Candy:

Lorrie Whittington
03 January 2010 @ 04:34 pm
Were some FABULOUS things. Too many to list all, especially from my lovely hubby who tells me every year that ‘he didn’t get me much’  and then outdoes himself.  Bless him he bought me some great dvds; ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ collectors edition complete with ‘Death Eater’ mask, ‘Hello Dello’ and ‘Night at the Museum I & II’.  Here are a selection of the fantastic books he gave me, all about photography and as reference/inspiration for my art. He has also bought me a macro lens and a wide angle lens for my camera. Bless his heart. Can’t wait to get out and about with my camera in the new year…

And below were all carefully chosen by my lovely little girl, Orla. The green book in the middle is a lovely embroidered journal with indian Khaddi paper in, and the little pink square item on the right with a littlebutton in the middle is a tape measure, there is also a large slice of ‘cake soap’ and the bag behind is illustrated with Kokeshi dolls. The bag was bought by Luke, but everything else was chosen by her with some help and encouragement. She loved handing me my pressies and the ones she got her Daddy, and this is the first Christmas she has actively participated, and it was lovely to watcher her excitment, not only opening her own pressies, but in watching us open ours too. Hope all my friends had a wonderful Christmas. xxx

Lorrie Whittington
You know, over the years I have lost count of the people who have said to me, when having told them I am an artist, or  that I had studied art at University, how much they loved art at and painting at school. How much they loved drawing or painting as children. I would then ask if they still drew or painted, and invariably their response would be the same, "naaa, gave all that up when I left school". 'Why though?' I always ask. If they loved it so much, why stop? They usually then tell me that they were not very good, but that they enjoyed it a lot (this whole issue of what can be classed artistically as 'good' could and should be covered in some depth another time I think).

It's all about perception isn't it? Drawing and painting is still seen as the purview of the serious (or even amateur) artist, or children. Rarely do people continue to paint once having left school for the simple pleasure of it alone. Most get sucked into the prosaic though necessary business of making a living, and those that do have some leisure time left to them, usually hit the gym, watch television, go up the pub, knit, etc. Fair enough, nothing wrong with all those things. However, it has been proven again and again that the act of drawing, painting, making the mark is mentally beneficial, and indeed as we know is used as therapy for those with mental health illnesses, children and teenagers with special needs, in young offenders institutions etc, etc. It is relaxing, therapeutic, cathartic, and fills a basic and fundamental need in us all to express ourselves through colour and form. An exercise which we as human beings have undertaken since man became sentient.

So, to cut to the chase, if you are stuck for a gift for a friend or loved one, buy them a small sketch book that can be fitted into a pocket or a bag and some pens and abjure them to get doodling.