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One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

Sue Trevillian has been to a number of Basil’s studios and workshops in two countries and three states. Here is her colour etching and chine collé, commenced at one workshop in 2014, with colour added at the Firestation Printmaking Workshop in Melbourne last weekend. The pigment technique works well behind dry points and aquatints in...
Fireman for a day or two

Fireman for a day or two

Melbourne’s Firestation Printmaking studio invited Basil back again this year to do another workshop last weekend. Here is the group of 2016, standing behind some of their 30 assembled colour prints at the conclusion of the two days. The artists brought existing etchings and relief blocks to try out our pigment colouring method, and also...
Another Grampians Brushes shot

Another Grampians Brushes shot

Shot during the etching workshop Basil held recently at Hall’s Gap in Victoria, as part of Grampians Brushes, an event attracting over 450 people to painting, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy and other courses in the Grampians in September each year. Using a borrowed Rollaco (UK) press, the same model as one we own on Skopelos, Basil’s...
Basil at Grampians Brushes Workshops

Basil at Grampians Brushes Workshops

Basil has just run two workshops at Hall’s Gap (no relation) in the Grampians in Victoria. The first was a two day woodblock workshop in the Baptist Hall (again, no relation), similar to one he did in 2016 and the 4 day one involved etching. Twenty four participants had a great time making prints, many for the...
Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing is well underway on the St Vincents Hospital Project triptych. With Clinton Barker on the one-arm and Basil on the artwork and screen preparation, beautiful things are finally happening on this exciting initiative. A film crew and our organiser, Monique Silk, will be here next Thursday to take some action shots in the studio,...
New Art Project starts at St Vincent's Hospitals

New Art Project starts at St Vincent’s Hospitals

An exciting Reconciliation mural project, initiated by Monique Silk (Art Co-ordinator for the St Vincent’s Hospital Group) has just been kicked off in Melbourne. Involving three Indigenous artists: Vicki Couzens (Vic), Jeffrey Samuels (NSW) and Bianca Beetson (Qld) and Basil Hall Editions, the project will comprise over 55 individual painted contributions by staff at the SVH hospitals...
The Fire Station: a blaze of colour

The Fire Station: a blaze of colour

Basil and most of the participants at last weekend’s “Painterly Prints” workshop at the Fire Station in Victoria. (6th from left is Margaret, the FS technical officer – many thanks to her for her organisation and help during the weekend). Thanks, too, to Edith May, the FS Manager, for the invitation to return once again...
And the subtly coloured finished product

And the subtly coloured finished product

Here is the print being peeled off the press. The colours are extremely subtle (blending nicely with the tone of the Iwaki Japanese paper) and many participants were eager to try the idea further in their future work as it has potential applications in etching and all relief printing options too. A fun weekend with a...
And almost the next day…another workshop in Victoria

And almost the next day…another workshop in Victoria

Basil and his 32kg suitcase then headed to Melbourne (after the Grampians adventure) and he ran a workshop at the Fire Station Printmaking Workshop in Armidale. Participants were given the opportunity to apply the chine collé colour technique to existing linocuts and etchings, or to carve and print a new woodblock print, using shina ply...
Exhibition of woodblock prints at Hall's Gap (no relation)

Exhibition of woodblock prints at Hall’s Gap (no relation)

Here are some of the 60-70 beautiful coloured woodblocks done by the weekend participants at Grampians Brushes in Victoria last weekend. We only displayed a small sample (two by each of the artists), but the crowd was very impressed by the results achieved in such a short time. The technique, described in earlier posts, is...
BHE at Grampians Brushes in Victoria

BHE at Grampians Brushes in Victoria

Basil has just returned from running two workshops in Victoria, as part of the annual Grampians Brushes series of art offerings. Over 360 participants and 16 tutors were on hand for the week at Hall’s Gap, and much fun was had by all. Basil ran a two day woodblock workshop followed by a four day etching...
BHE Workshop at Firestation Print Studio, Sept 2013

BHE Workshop at Firestation Print Studio, Sept 2013

Last weekend, Basil ran a multi plate colour etching workshop for 8 participants at Melbourne’s Firestation Print Studio. Two days was a bit tight for etching 24 copper plates and getting them to talk nicely to each other, but a combination of patience (on the part of the artists) and a nice warm second day...