Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Curlew - relief print

After a lovely day trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh on Sunday, with the most amazing double rainbow, I was inspired to produce a print of the wading birds to add to my relief print collection.

We saw Godwit, Redshank, Avocet and Curlew but I settled on the Curlew as I love their curving beak, perfect for probing into the thick mud left by the outgoing tide.

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and it makes a great addition to the other three in the set.  All are editions of 50 and available here.
Blue Tit, Wren, Avocet and Curlew
Here are a few images to show the carving process.  I use 'Speedy Carve' by Speedball and carve with a scalpel and lino tool.

Friday, 6 March 2020

New Stockist - Wildwood Gallery

This week Kevin Youngman from Wildwood Gallery in Bury St Edmunds contacted me about supplying their recently re-opened gallery.  I first met Kevin at Art Fair East in Norwich last November when I bought a painting from Kevin Southgate with whom he was sharing a stand and who also exhibits at Wildwood.

It's so satisfying to now be able to invite people to see my work in my new studio setting.  I can't tell you what a difference it's made to how I feel as a professional artist to have this space to show my work properly and be able to talk about the materials and techniques I use.  My lovely etching press is always the star of the space.

Kevin selected three framed prints, photos from their gallery; Stone Circle (one of my favourite paper collograph/drypoint prints and the last one in the edition of just five), Pebbles II and Vessels III (print based on ceramic pieces by Katharina Klug).  Plus nineteen of my unframed prints, so they have a good selection.

Wildwood Gallery also offers a bespoke framing service which they established in 2002.  Anita Klein, whose work I've admired for a long time, is a client and also exhibits with the gallery.  I look forward to going to visit the gallery in person very soon.  Details of opening times on my Stockists page.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Seed Heads - wrapping paper

Well, it's been a challenging start to 2020 for me, hence the lack of posts so far.  My Dad has been very ill since 10th December but finally seems to be on the road to recovery.  It's taken a great deal of my time and energy, which I don't begrudge in any way.  I'm just grateful he's pulled through and I'm lucky to have a flexible job that allows me to take time off if needed. 

However I am finding it hard getting back into things after so long out of the studio.  So will start by posting this new wrapping paper I designed for Flamingo Paperie.  It's printed on a lovely gunmetal grey paper with 'chalk' outlines of agapanthus and poppy seed heads.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ely Cathedral 2019

I'm just about recovered from last weeks Fair at Ely Cathedral.  One preview evening and three full days trading was exhausting but really enjoyable.  I had a prime spot in the nave with lovely neighbours Slate & Nature and Mud + Water.

Between customers it wasn't too much of a hardship to admire the Cathedral.  I heard that 15,000 advance tickets were sold this year.  I also bought and swapped a few things with other stallholders, which is always a nice way to start one's Christmas shopping.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

4th Mini Print Show

I am pleased to have three mini prints represented again in this lovely show, which starts the rounds again this week in Aldeburgh.

Ede's Lemon           Avocet            Shoreline

Ede's Lemon is a collograph inspired by the large pewter plate in Kettles Yard House which always has a fresh lemon artfully placed upon it.

Avocet and Shoreline are both inspired by recent trips to the Norfolk coast.  I love the reflections in the wet mirror-like sand.  Avocet is a relief print hand-carved from rubber.  Shoreline is printed from specially coated paper-drypoint card.

The show tours around the country, continuing into next year.  To find out more click here: Red Dot Art Consultancy.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Photos from Open Studios 2019

Bit slow updating my blog, but thought you'd like to see some photos from Open Studios. My studio was open for the 1st, 2nd and 4th weekends of July this year.  I took a break on weekend three to go to Latitude Festival in Suffolk for the first time. We had a wonderful time.

Ollie dog was very good with all my visitors and gave up woofing by the end of day one.

This was my 24th year of Open Studios and it turned out to be my second best year in terms of sales.  Very pleased about this as it's a difficult time economically and politically at the moment.

I sold two of the Kingfisher framed original prints, two Autumn Branches, Wishing Rocks and several unframed prints too as well as the usual cards, coasters and tea towels.  Many thanks to those who visited and here's to my 25th year in 2020!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Cambridge Open Studios 2019

It's coming up to that time of year again when all the artists in Cambridgeshire start frantically tidying their studios and I'm no exception.  There are 370 of us this year in 222 studios, so plenty to choose from.  There are four studios in Milton with a new one in the Industrial Units near Tesco.

This will be my second year in my wonderful new garden studio (the novelty still hasn't worn off). I have plenty of new prints and cards to show you, including some large pebble collographs which I'm really pleased with.  Do come along, any of the three weekends, there will be refreshments if it's hot and shelter if it's raining.  Follow the yellow flags along Fen Road, there is plenty of parking on our driveway.