In between teaching days at the National Art School in Sydney, I’ve been doing some walking and camping, time on Sydney Beaches, seeing some shows etc. This weekend I have traveled to Canberra for a bit of time in the studios at Megalo. It’s a bit like a second home here at Megalo, since I am so familiar with the studio and presses. I’ve been taking advantage of the big Hilton electric press to make some more monotypes, with the imagery referring back to summer in Queensland. I’m thinking a whole new series might be nice, with the figure in the landscape being more explicit than some of my previous work. They always take a lot longer than I expect though. I only took two prints yesterday, and one at least should be trashed. I’ve been here several hours this morning, and only the above print has so far come off the press, but I’m reasonably happy with it. Bleed printed in a greenish black ink on a half sheet of Hahnemuhle (76 x 56 cm). Below is the second print from yesterday, showing how the drawing changes each time, especially since I am only working from a rough thumbnail drawing about one inch square, which itself was drawn from memory soon after visiting this creek in Mapleton National Park. What might be lost in faithful realism, is amply made up for by what is gained in the freedom to express a mood and sense of the place without feeling the need to copy a photographic reference.