A Summer Art Fair, New Monoprints for Sale and Sketchbooks on Tour!

I’ve been invited to spend 3 days drawing with ink and chopsticks as part of the Chidwickbury Arts Fair! click on the photo below for all the details. it would be great to see you there in the grounds of the wonderful Chidwickbury Estate.  I’ve never participated in anything like this before and am looking forward to it.

  

I have some new summer monoprints for sale in my shop!

and finally, if you read my last blog post you’ll know that two of my sketchbooks were selected for Sketch 17 at the Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire. This exhibition of 100 sketchbooks is now going on tour to the following venues:

22 July – 3 September 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome
2 Bridge Street
Frome, BA11 1BB

9 September – 6 October 2017
Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place
Plymouth PL4 8AT

20 November – 15 December 2017
Peter Scott Gallery
Lancaster Arts
Great Hall Complex
Lancaster University LA1 4YW

Have a great summer!

Spring!

the tulips and hyacinths are up and about to flower, the evenings are lighter and although still chilly it’s warm when the sun comes out. to celebrate the arrival of spring  I’m offering free shipping on drawings in my shop! use the discount code SPRUNG at the checkout to take advantage of this. valid until 23/4/17.

enjoy the coming lighter, warmer days!

not moleskine

the end of year festivities and ringing in 2017  were all very sedate for me this year. after my last blog post I developed pneumonia and was poorly throughout the holiday period. happily,  family and friends took very good care of me and I’m grateful for that.  I’m fully recovered but my drawing mojo went walkabout which worried me. I needed to find a way back to regular studio practice.

being part of a large artist community on facebook meant I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. a friend and marvellous artist François Dupuis posted a drawing every day last year drawn in a small moleskine notebook. our work is very different and my intention wasn’t to emulate but  it seemed a good way to get back into some drawing rhythm. little and often. and I had an empty  lined notebook “not moleskine” in the studio!

and gathering energy I now have a shop where some of my ink and chopstick drawings are available and can be bought directly.  I will be adding to and updating this regularly.

some drawings from ‘not moleskine’

 

pheasants

a little later than planned, my new year post. wishing you all a healthy, peaceful and creative 2016.

december in the english countryside, dead pheasants are hanging everywhere. on people’s front doors and gates, left by someone who’s shot too many and thinks the recipients would be glad of a roast. yes, a little shocking but true and there they are hanging in all their beauty or lying on the side in someone’s kitchen or at the butcher’s. they run across the road in front of cars in the lanes, no flight, a stupid weaving like a drunk across the path of oncoming cars. everywhere and I didn’t think about it really except that I find them beautiful even when no longer alive. for awhile at least. and there’s a tradition in ‘art’ to paint them. my sketchbook is full of them. here is a selection of monoprints, drawings and paintings. I’m wondering what it means and hope to find out as I carry on.

time flies

I’ve had such a busy summer I’m practically tripping over myself as I realise it’s October already! playing with colour and texture,  marrying linocuts with paint, paper and ink. here is a selection of linocut prints from the last 3 months

I’ve been looking at composition, and making studies with ink, chalk and charcoal

I’ve done some painting too and this is my favourite from the summer’s easel

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#printoctober

at the beginning of the month someone posted  #printoctober on twitter,  calling people to make and post one print a day.  I got my lino out and began doing linocuts, posting almost daily. it became a bit of an obsession and I had forgotten how much I enjoy doing them! the time restraint and the medium means making quick choices regarding composition and detail and I think it gives the images a strength more consideration wouldn’t have let them have. I’ve calmed down a bit and although running behind, still plan on doing 31 prints for the month. here is a selection, each measuring 100x115mm on bindewerk paper.

 

I’ve gone outside

walking the dog in the english countryside I am struck by the quiet and emptiness of many of the farm buildings I pass. many of these buildings don’t fit the methods of modern agricultural practice and are  left to decay. often too,  economic factors mean no money for maintenance.  I have made sketchbook drawings and paintings  exploring  these abandoned farms with their absence of activity. I plan to continue with this theme and create a new series of work from it.

one thing always leads to another!

there’s something about birds that I just can’t shake off and with spring in the air there have been many more of them about, singing their lovely heads off.  some ink and watercolour drawings

made me think about using my chopstick and ink again

and  then doing the same with some portraits

one thing always leads to another!

wanna be resting eyes. some quick studies in my sketchbook that may become drawings or paintings in this series.

resting eyes.looking inward, not looking. the implications are infinite. I am excited by the prospect of portraying a likeness without showing or seeing the eyes of the subject.