Wednesday, July 29, 2009

With-without lynx

"With-without lynx"
Sketches, FreeHand Designs

During two short courses I attended at the School of Arts and Crafts `Antonio López´ in Tomelloso, I made a series of earthenware plates, joined to make up a mural which would show, in a visual way, the relationships among the Iberian lynx, rabbits, partridges, foxes and genets.

"With-without lynx":(Lynx plate)
Engobe on earthenware, 31x31 cm.

"With-without lynx":(Genet plate); process of creation
Engobe on earthenware, 31x31 cm (central); 16x31 cm (complementary)

"With-without lynx": (Rabbit plate); process of creation"
Engobe on earthenware, 31x31 cm (central); 16x31 cm (complementary)

After slicing the pottery paste, you capture the image on it; after that you make a cut on the marked lines which are covered with black engobe. You put it in the kiln (first firing). You finish by colouring the motifs you like and putting it in the kiln again (second firing).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Phoenicopterus ruber roseus (Greater Flamingo)

Phoenicopterus ruber roseus
Mixed media on metal, 21,5x13 cm.

When doing this engraving I was not very satisfied with it because of its simplicity, but it was one of the most admired when I exhibited it. Its simplicity attracted the public.
Whenever I start a work, I divide the empty space into ovals, ovoids and circles and place on them the different elements which make up the work. Then I add more and more details, but always leaving the original curves in order to show the process of creation.
It has not only an aesthetic sense, but also an expressive nuance which show the immediacy of the work and the fleetingness of animal watching.
On the other hand, I use rectangles, an essential element in all my works. It fulfils both a compositive role and a symbolic one; it represents the spatial limitation of nature.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ixobrychus minutus (Little Bittern)

Ixobrychus minutus
Mixed media on metal, 29,5x22 cm.

Here I used the linear etching technique to create the image and an aquatint with sprinkled colophony resin to add some colour at the back, minimizing uniformity.

Chamaleo chamaleon (Common Chameleon)

Chamaleo chamaleon
Lithography, 38 x 18 cm.

Another lithography I made in my fifth year at Fine Arts for the subject of the same name. This technique is not very used nowadays as it is done with a special kind of limestone whose main quarry has been run out for years.
Now it is used a plate of stippled aluminium (a lot of cuts made in the form of a dot), stamped with an offset press.