Julia Wakefield

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SALA 2014 is upon us already!

Friday, July 18th, 2014



Winter Waltz, an appropriate etching for this time of year!

Winter Waltz, an appropriate etching for this time of year!

I have just emerged from a week of the most debilitating lurgy, winter is buffeting us with gusto, and I am supposed to be opening my studio in a week’s time! Aagh!  We will get there, and the big compensation for the weather at this time of the year is that the garden looks beautiful – so long as you don’t look too closely at the weeds.


The SALA program has featured my picture this year, so it’s easy to spot me under City of Onkaparinga, but unfortunately the paper catalogue got the date of the opening wrong – I’m opening on July 25, 4 – 7 pm, but it’s put July 27 – although  the website’s got it right. Too bad, I’ll just lay on the wine and nibbles on both dates. I’m supposed to be open Friday – Sunday 10am – 4pm every weekend from July 25 to August 24, but do call me to let me know you’re coming, just in case I have to duck out for supplies or emergencies.  I have work on show at Mrs. Harris and at Bittondi in August as well, so I may be called on to gallery sit on one or more occasions – watch this blog and I’ll tell you when this is likely to happen.

New for this year’s SALA are some monotypes that Bittondi’s Inked2 inspired me to work on.  I love teaching this form of printmaking, as it’s a great way of developing – and indeed, discovering – new ideas.

Mindscape 1, ghost print

This is the ghost print – the second pull, after I pushed the ink around on a sheet of glass for about an hour and a half and then took a first pull that was much darker and moodier.  I felt the first one needed to be less blue and more defined, so I scanned it, printed it out on a smaller scale on watercolour paper, then hand tinted it with black gouache. This is the result:

mindscape 1 for UC

I like both images – and I’d never have arrived at either of them if I’d started working on paper rather than glass.

‘Inked2’ is still on at Urban Cow until August 2, so I can’t bring my prints back in time for the studio opening, but they’ll be on display the following weekend.  I recommend you go and see the Urban Cow show before it finishes, as it’s a superb display of different printmaking techniques by 14 Bittondi members, on the theme of Exploration –  which for me, is what monotypes are all about.

The disappearing Nankeen Night Heron has metamorphosed.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Back in August/September I put up a series of posts documenting my printing of the Nankeen Night Heron, which I made for the Bimblebox Art Project.  After my website went down due to Internet gremlins, these posts seem to have disappeared. So here is the process once again, all in one post.

This is Stage 1 of the ‘suicide’ or reduction lino print.


Stage 2, red over yellow.


Stage 3, Prussian blue over the other two colours, with a pretty black border

Night heron final

This is what was left of the block.  I just made ten prints, and can do no more as the block is now reduced to the final colour.  I have sent one of the prints to Bimblebox, and sold one.  I’d like to have done more prints, as people seem to like the image.


But then I had a suggestion from my other half….. why not do a monochrome version?

So this is what I came up with, after carving another block, to combine with the one I already had…

Night Heron

I made 50 of these, and I’m sending 26 of them to SSNW 2013, the latest print exchange that I signed up to. The theme was ‘making a difference’, so I hope that in a small way I am making a difference to people’s awareness of the precious beauty of our birdlife.  If I can sell the other 24 prints and donate the proceeds to Birdlife Australia, maybe that will make a slightly bigger difference.