I've been working on an image of a tram and the beautiful building at the end of Stephenson Street. Hope you like the sequence. The Cafe's lettering was particularly tricky to register perfectly.
I've really been enjoying taking photographs in and around Birmingham recently. I've been looking for a night time scene in particular, partially inspired by some wonderful photographs of Japanese vending machines I came across. It is also so much more immediate than the prints - which will take about eight more years to complete. In some of the photographs I rather like the main event being a bit anonymous, such as a textured wall, a line of bins or a patch of street-lit pavement. Perhaps the next stage will be some on site night time drawings.
See the Vending machine photographs at www.benedikt-partenheimer/vending-machines-1
The second print in the canal mini-series is well underway. Has a working title of Mailbox Cubed, in part because of how they are positioned in the print. Has the same grey day quality as the other canal print but thinking of putting a bit more warmth in this one with rose and yellow tints.
This is the first of my canal mini series prints. It is Gas Street Basin with the new Canal House building and Holiday Inn in the background. I like the muted colours which make this a quieter print but lots of subtle changes in colours. I think it captures the quality of those days when you perhaps would not venture out with a camera and everything has a milky grey light. View number 16 I think!
Been working hard on this and one other canal print. I expect this one to be finished this week and the other one a couple of weeks later. Rather like Ramgarhia Sikh temple this print has proven to be really complex with lots of little adjustments and layers. Hopefully now it is a case of tweaking some of the reflections and adding two layers to create the boat in the middle foreground.
I've always used monotype or monoprint as layers within my engravings: my Happy New Year Inner Ring Road edition was mostly made up of layers of monoprint with a key block from lino over the top. I have also used monotype as a form of drawing, working out composition, tone, light and colour as well as the practical ordering of layers. More recently I've come to see them as works in their own right and as they are so connected with my views I have decided to include them on the site. The Gas Street Basin view above has been made in preparation for my next edition which is very similar.
Beautiful sun and showers at Colmore Row Arts Market last Friday. Enjoyed chatting to lots of people about my work and the 100 views project.
Looking forward to the next one which is on the 8th December. Should have the Gas St. Basin series (or miniseries) of prints ready by then.
My exhibition of the first 14 prints in the series are on exhibition at Galerie Mayci, 148 Alcester Road, Moseley until the 27th September. 14 out of 100 sounds like (and is ) a long way to go. I am really pleased with how substantial they are as a set already though. Each edition takes about 6 weeks to complete and I usually have the next three or four on the go in my workshop at Ruskin Glass Centre (see image above).
If you are interested in visiting my workshop do get in touch and arrange a time as I definitely don't do shop hours but can make sure I'm around by appointment. Use the contact email button below.
Really pleased to have my 100 views printmaking project featured by Independent Birmingham. Read the full article here: Independent Birmingham Article and a big thank you to Independent Birmingham.
I have recently completed a diptych and failed to inform my blog in any way shape or form. So below are the completed prints, the processes by which they occurred will be forever lost in the muddy depths. Left: Ironman and Overtime Right: Presiding Over
Printmaker on a mission. 100 + prints of Brum inspired by Hiroshige.