Thursday, 17 January 2019

Birch Book

Last year I was asked by Anna Lewington for permission to use my "Silver Birch Wood with Long-tailed Tits" screen-print design in her new book about the humble birch tree.  I said of course as she would credit me in the text and also send me a copy of the book.

I'd almost forgotten about it when last week the book arrived.  I was thrilled to be in the same chapter as art heroes such as Millais, Gustav Klimt and van Gogh.  The book is a lovely specimen with interesting articles about how the birch has widely colonised the cool parts of the northern hemisphere, their versatility and usefulness to make a huge number of  things.  Also it's use in medicine, in folklore and for inspiration to artists (such as me).

I'm looking forward to sitting down and having a proper read.  There's a video of me flicking through the book on my Instagram page.

It's published by Reaktion Books ISBN 978 1 78914 011 8

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Here we are...

Just a quick post showing us with our wares last Saturday.  Jewellers Linda Bartlett on the left, Cheryl Bird in the middle and me on the right.

It was a great show and I even sold another 'Ede's Spiral' print (hanging in the middle of the screens).  The lovely customer is letting me hang on to it until after my last Christmas show as I haven't got time to print and frame another one.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Winter Open Studios

It's the second evening tonight of our Winter Open Studios.  Open from 5 - 8pm and again on Saturday from 11am - 4pm.  We have mulled cider and mince-pies to get you in the festive mood.

Love these atmospheric photos taken by Cheryl.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018


I was feeling a bit wistful for summer and the call of the sea-side, so decided to design this card.  It's printed on lovely thick 300gsm watercolour-style paper.  Available from my website and also supplied wholesale to shops and galleries.

Talking of galleries.  I have two new outlets for my cards, coasters and tea towels.  The Found Gallery in Dunbar and Arteria in Lancaster.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Cambridge Art Fair

Opening today is the Cambridge Art Fair.  I was delighted to be asked to exhibit with the 'Art of Cambridge' group - eight artists featured in the Cambridge Art Book (click for a free ticket).

Rebecca, Emma, Ophelia and Jo at the Private View

Come along and see the various styles of work including sumptuous oil paintings by Ophelia Redpath, printmaking and rich oils by Jo Tunmer, ipad art by Susan Abbs, mixed media paintings by Rebecca Stark, intricate collages by Emma Bennett, delicate paper-cuts by Vanessa Stone and vibrant large scale paintings by Sonia Villiers.  I have a selection of my latest drypoint and collograph prints.

The private View was last night.
Opening times are:
Friday 28th September 11am - 8:30pm
Saturday 29th September 11am - 6pm
Sunday 30th September 11am - 5pm

The Venue, Quy Mill Hotel and Spa
Church Road, Stow-cum-Quy
Cambridge, CB25 9AF

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Addenbrooke's Hospital Exhibition

I was really pleased to be asked by Lesley Bermingham, the Arts co-ordinator at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, to participate in their August/September exhibition.  It was a chance not to be missed as my work could be seen by a whole new audience.

It took a fair bit of planning to think how I was going to fill eight metres of wall space.  Last Thursday morning was spent with Lesley, hanging the sixteen pictures.  I'm really pleased with how they look all hanging together in such an impressive space.  They also go really well with the lovely seed head watercolours by Erica Just on the right-hand side of the space.

The last print in the edition of 'Stone Circle' that I had framed especially for this show, as it went so well with 'Ede's Sprial'

All the work is for sale and the commission goes to the Addenbrooke's Arts Program, which aims to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff through an innovative, stimulating and engaging arts program.  If you would like to find out more or buy anything please call 01223 217519.

Kettles Yard

This is another new print 'Ede's Spiral', one of the largest I've done for some time and in fact as large as my press will take.  It's a monoprint/collograph featuring the 76 pebbles inspired by the spiral of pebbles found on the low table in the bay window of Jim Ede's bedroom at the wonderful Kettles Yard house.

The gallery has been closed for a couple of years for a period of refurbishment and extension of the gallery space, so I was thrilled to go back there and spend a wonderful afternoon looking around the Antony Gormley exhibition, which runs until 27th August, and sketching in the house with my daughter.

Antony Gormley exhibition

Some of my favourite views in Kettles Yard House

Circular things that caught my eye in the house

The print itself was a labour of love.  Firstly drawing the spiral to scale, then cutting out the 76 pieces of card to represent the round pebbles.  I then hand painted them all with oil paints to match the tone and patina on the actual pebbles I'd photographed.  I hoped that the oil paint wouldn't dry out before I had time to print it as it took nearly four hours to paint them all.  Once painted I laid them all out on a numbered template on the bed of my press, VERY carefully placed the Somerset 300gsm paper on top (crossing my fingers that I didn't move any of the pebbles in the process).  Then I rolled it through the press.

This summer has been extremely hot in the UK and although the paint hadn't completely dried out, it had become sticky.  So as I lifted off the paper I realised all the 'pebbles' had stuck to the paper, so I had to individually flick them all off so they fell from the paper without smudging the print.  A heart stopping moment.  But when I finally revealed the finished print I was very pleased with how it turned out.  Once it was dry I added a tiny bit of watercolour to some areas to create shadow below the pebbles.

I have printed three so far as I haven't had time to do any more.  The edition will be no more than 15 and will become progressively darker as more paint absorbs into the card 'plates'.  For details about availability and pricing please message me.