I was attracted to Dulac's watercolour because the darkness of the colours and the use of gold gives it a magical quality. I wanted to create something with a similar feel but using photographic rather than drawn images. I also noted the way that the trees in this work (and others in the "Into the Woods" exhibition where I saw it) become characters in themselves.
I started from a photo that I had taken at the Kew Christmas lights event. On photoshop I took two images from this: one which picked out the low lights of the background and the other the highlights of the tree. I put transferred both onto the screen working on a relatively small scale to preserve the feel of an illustration. I then experimented with different colour ways. I also used talcum powder to break up the image in random ways. I printed onto various papers including some Japanese high gloss papers in white, black, gold and silver. I was pleased wit the image but, after discussions with my tutor and colleagues in my class, felt that I needed one more layer. I went back to the highlighted image of the tree and manually erased and altered the image, subtly bringing out faces hidden in it. The version I am submitting moved away from Dulac's green and blue palette. I was surprised to find that an orange worked best as a final layer. The work is printed on silver paper.
My tutor and colleagues on the course are a continuing source of inspiration. They push the medium of screen printing in many different directions and have given me confidence and opportunities to exhibit work more regularly. They also help me decide when a work is finished!
Drawing for illustration to 'The Snow Queen'
Pen and ink and watercolour
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