Posted in January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Printmaking, Uncategorized

January wrap up


This month has been hectic.  I have been trying to rent out our house, sell cars, get rid of life’s clutter and do all of the jobs around the house we could have done years ago.  I have also been psychologically getting my head around moving to Germany.  I can almost picture getting on the plane.  I can’t quite picture getting out the other end.

An oasis in all the bustle has been this blog and particularly Maggie and Peter’s prints.  There is something simple, bold and solid about printing.  The process takes away the clutter and leaves the essence of what you are trying to portray.  Thanks again to Maggie and Oli for being artists in residence.  I continue to get a buzz when artwork and experiences exist because of the residency that otherwise would not have happened.

I particularly loved Maggie’s insight

I was initially worried that working along side each other might be disheartening for a young artist, but if anything, I’ve been the one to feel overshadowed!

Thank you both for your work.

I have needed the prompt to take time out this month with the kids to have a wee go at printing stuff as well. It wasn’t as much as I hoped but as I mentioned there has been a bit going on! I am hoping to have a go at lino printing soon, I have never tried it.

And I was glad to include this photo this month it brings a sense of calm to life’s journey.  The reminder that it will never be linear, but when viewed as a whole, may it be interesting.


Posted in an hour or two, January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Printmaking, Uncategorized

Week 4 Bird Prints- Maggie and Oli, artists in residence


Here are two final bird prints which conclude our artist in residence!

I was inspired by Oli’s work last week to make a wren print of my own. He says I’ve copied him, but I insist that I’m just taking inspiration from a great artist! It makes me laugh, as I was initially worried that working along side each other might be disheartening for a young artist, but if anything, I’ve been the one to feel overshadowed! I can also say that having a buddy to work with has proved to be very motivating.

Oli drew a frangipani whilst visiting his grandparents this week, and today added a hummingbird.


I was impressed again that this was done with very little fuss, over two short hour-long sessions. We both feel pleased with our work, I think we’re getting better with our lino cutting technique and have many more ideas for future work.

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of our artist in residence! Thanks for inviting us along. We have enjoyed the opportunity to delve into art again and we appreciated the gentle encouragement and the weekly deadline. I thought we would have had more time to create more, but we’re really happy with where we’ve got so far. I am pleased to report that print making isn’t nearly as messy as I remembered it, and working outside takes some of the stress out of it, leaving the kitchen table free for meals. An added benefit to our residency is that our print supplies are now organised and much more accessible.

We’ll be sorry to say goodbye, but we’ve resolved to set aside some time every Tuesday to continue the journey. I’ll let you know how we go!


Thanks so much Maggie and Oli.  I have been really inspired to lino printing a go and will be over for a lesson soon!

Posted in an hour or two, January 2014 Maggie and Oli

Maggie and Oli in residence- Week 3- Linocut

Sophie- This is Maggie and Oli’s third Wednesday as artists called anyone in residence.  They are using the school holidays to have some mum and son printing time and this week they are trying out lino cut prints.  Over to Maggie…
We’re feeling very much revived after a few days at the beach. We had our print making eyes on whilst we were away and saw loads of great birds which have inspired us.  We have made some sketches and cut out designs.

photoOli blue wren-2

Oli set to work and has produced a linocut from his quick sketch and added colour. The text is from a Judith Wright poem. I think its a superb first lino print, produced with very little fuss. He has inspired me to push aside the perfectionist in me and take the plunge.  Less thinking and more doing will be my motto!

So on that note, my pelican…


We had a go at mono printing today, it works well with the sticky lino printing paints. Here’s Oli’s owl:


… and I couldn’t resist a haunted house scene with our black ink.


and finally, here’s one we prepared in colour! A hot day at the beach!


Posted in Artist in Residence, January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Making Art, Uncategorized

Artists in residence- Maggie and Oli’s Pelicans… the next step

Sophie- It is hot here in Canberra.  This week is hovering around 38 C around 100F.  Everyone is looking for water to jump into including Maggie and Oli’s Pelicans.  Luckily they found some !  This is Maggie and Oli’s second week as artists in residence.  They have been working on their Pelicans in between entertaining guests!

Pelicans are quite topical in our house right now.  We have been listening to Roald Dahl’s ‘The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me’ as an audiobook.  A Giraffe, Pelican and Monkey make up the ladderless window cleaning company.  The pelican’s job of course is to hold the water, the giraffe is the ladder and the monkey is the scrubadydubber.

Maggie- We did some work on our silk screening today, adding some cool water for the pelicans to swim in


Posted in January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Uncategorized

Week 1: Artists in Residence, Maggie and Oli with… Pelicans

Sophie- It is with delight I introduce our artists in residence (AIR) for the month, Maggie and Oli.  They are our first AIR team and it will be fun to see where they take us.


Maggie- We began our residency on the 2nd of January with a bike ride around the lake. I wanted to make some time with Oli to discuss our plans and find some inspiration. We talked about our options for mediums and discussed a theme.  We came up with ‘printmaking’ and ‘birds’. We’re starting with screen printing this week and a pelican.

We saw a beautiful pelican on our ride around the lake, who reminded us of Storm Boy (Colin Thiele), and the funny old poem about a pelican:


“A marvelous bird is the pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can store in his beak
Enough food for a week
And I don’t know how the hell ‘e can.

At our half way stop on the ride, we talked about the question, if Art Were a Person….

Oli’s response was “If art were a person, it would be a friend, we’d have a calm and relaxing sort of friendship”.

Maggie’s reply: “Art is my very old friend, I haven’t seen her for some time. I liked her a lot when I was younger, she was inspiring and energizing to be with. These days however, I never to make time to see Art. I might bump into her when I’m out and about, she makes me smile, but she rarely gets invited into my house. I’m always too busy or too tired for her, besides, she is always so messy, I can’t be bothered tidying up after her! ………But maybe it’s time to find a way to reconnect with my old friend.”