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Amanda Tempest Radford Artist in Residence Portrait Painter Printmaker

Amanda Tempest Radford Artist in Residence Portrait Painter Atelier 88.

To say that life has been busy is an understatement. Between Pedro’s Madrid visit to look at exhibitions in the Museum Reina Sophia (a blog post shortly on these exhibitions) as well as see Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid!  After our Galicia/Asturias adventure, we played host to our latest Artist in Residence the portrait painter Amanda Tempest Radford UK in our print studio at Atelier 88.

In October we were pleased to have Amanda Tempest Radford working at Atelier 88 on our first portrait Artist in Residence.

Amanda said in an interview for Atelier 88;

“I suppose you would say that most of my work is a series of ‘head studies’ and often done from art school models where I’ve used open studios.  I like drawing people I don’t know as there is no ‘sitter input’.  Also because, although drawing is central to my work, I am also fascinated by the media – charcoal, pastel, paint etc. – and what one can do with it, so don’t produce portraits that are aimed to please the client.”

“I have, however, painted a few well-known people known to Hugh through his work – including actor Sir Donald Sinden, writer Ronald Blythe, art historian Tom Rosenthall and painter Maggi Hambling.”

This time Amanda had sitters she knew but this did not prevent her from producing a set of fabulous new works.

We were test driving Polymer Plastic Litho Plates here at the Atelier and Amanda was a willing victim. This process is non-toxic and gives the artist a quick and cheap way of making a lithograph. This process will suit all abilities.

We hope that in the future Amanda will run a portrait course for us here at the Atelier.

What are Plastic Litho Plates?

GEORGE ROBERTS developed Polyester Plate Lithography, a new and nontoxic form of lithographic printing while he was Professor of Printmaking at Boise State University. George sadly died of cancer in 2001.

Direct Drawing on a polyester plate


Products and equipment needed to draw on a polyester plate:

* Polyester plates

* Waterproof Sharpie pens (various thicknesses)

* Ballpoint pens

Two tried and tested utensils for drawing lines on polyester plates are waterproof Sharpie pens (also try the new Paint Sharpies which give added opacity) and regular ballpoint pens. These types of pen are great for creating delicate yet solid lines, swirls, and hatchings and allow you to achieve a pictorial quality akin to pen and ink on paper. The marks print well and stay reproducible throughout an edition of prints.

To get a fuzzy, crayon-like line it is best to use the hardest kind of lithographic crayon, such as Korn’s litho crayon No 4. Press down firmly when drawing to get reproducible marks. Do not use soft litho crayons or pencils as the marks made by these will fade or wash away when printing. Crayons made from resins, acrylics, or hard wax should be ideal for resisting wear and would be ideal for this method.

For the best results (with the exception of greasy media), heat-set any drawn and painted marks using a hairdryer.

Atelier 88 says that one of the exciting things about Plastic Plates is that being paper thin they can be printed out from a laser printer. Then inked up and printed this extends the possibilities of this process.

They can be obtained from the fabulous printmaking suppliers Intaglio Printmaker and they deliver cheaply and efficiently. This is the page for Plastic Plates

We also continued to work with the Mokulito process of Wood Lithography for the portrait of ‘Richard’.

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