16 February 2019
This year I plan to complete 25 linocuts. Alongside these pieces I shall also create 50 mini paintings. See them all here as they are completed...
30 April 2018
Wow, not sure where this year has gone so far, as I write this I am five days away from opening my studio for Oxfordshire Artweeks and I am not as prepared as I would like! I don't have as much new work as I would like.
I should probably forgive myself a little... I have been working very hard (just not doing much printing! How did I get fifty prints done last year...?)
In March I put on the biggest and most successful exhibition of my career so far, at Claydon Estate. It was wonderful to see so many of my past students and customers making the effort to visit and support me and it was lovely to meet some new enthusiasts. I showed my #50prints2017 alongside forty of my best ever pieces. Everyone keeps asking me what the dates are for next year's solo!... It might take me a few years to build up enough work to put on another exhibition of that scale. There was work form the past eight years at the last one. Here is a photo of me from the private view.
So as mentioned, preparations for Artweeks did fall a little behind schedule, but so far, I have managed to give my room a lick of paint, I have also installed new art rails which should give me more flexibility when arranging my pictures.
This week I have lots of work to frame and a bit of tidying to do but all should be fine and dandy by Saturday 5th.
My studio will be open every day from the 5th until the 13th May. I then have four weeks until Bucks Art Weeks begins! I will be back at Claydon Estate, showing at Claydon Gallery.
Wish me a productive few weeks!
29 October 2017
Update. Still a little behind with the challenge and starting to wonder whether I will complete all 50 prints before the end of the year (ideally before Christmas). I have just completed print 38, which leaves me 12 prints to do in two months! Hmm, watch this space...
Here are the prints from 18 - 29, completed 25th June up to 25th August, Actually, that is around 12 prints in two months so perhaps I can finish....!
This is print number 29, Summer Woodland Puddles. I'm very pleased with the sparkling light in this piece.
A mini print focusing on some clouds that I found interesting, this is Cloud Study, print number 28
I printed these monoprints partly as it was our BAFA Printmakers 'homework' and partly because of the increased hype created around monoprints by the Bankside 'Masters' open exhibition. I did't submit them as at the time I didn't think they were good enough. Looking at them later, I actually like them more than I did when I was creating them. This is probably my most successful monoprinting session. I did enjoy doing them, perhaps I will attempt some more.
Final attempt at a bluebell wood monoprint, print 27
Print 26 another attempt at bluebell wood monoprinting
Print 25 a monoprint attempting to capture a bluebell wood
Here are prints 22, 23 and 24. All printed at the same time with the same block, with varying skies to add different moods; Branscombe Boat, Overcast has a grey sky; Branscombe Boat, Fisherman's Delight has a hint of pink in the sky and Branscombe Boat, Sunny has a bright blue sky. I admit it is hard to see the difference on screen, it is easier to see in real life.I also have three other colour experiments that I did not make into editions.
Lake View with Swan is the first time I have printed an animal since I learned how to do reduction lino. Actually that's not 100% true, I've printed a few bees, but they were small...
Very pleased with the vibrancy of this piece. I made a big mistake early on which nearly ruined the whole edition but I managed to rescue it! Print 21.
Print 20 is Lilies and Reflections, commissioned as a smaller version of last year's popular Lily Pond Reflections by an Oxfordshire Artweeks customer.
Beer Boat Red and Beer Boat Blue are both printed from the same block but I experimented to see how the differing boat colours affect the other colours in the prints. These were my demo prints during Bucks Open Studios. Prints 18 and 19.