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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!

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’

 

making seen

new exhibition at espacio

I have some work with 11 other artists showing our own unique journeys into making art. each artist is ‘making seen’

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the creative processes essential to the development of their work, allowing the viewer a glimpse into sources of inspiration. an invitation to see the ideas unfold, evolve and eventually develop into finished pieces.

 

espacio gallery,

shoreditch, london ec2

4-9 december

open daily 1-7

except tuesdays 1-5

preview 4 december 6-9

 

 

 

 

in the garden

I found a shady spot in the garden and looked at the agapanthus for an afternoon in July.

On the Banquette ink and pastel drawing

The New York Optimist

delighted to be featured in The New York Optimist today!

in the garden

lovely June days and a little time to sit  in the garden. the rabbits have left me a few plants, mainly the ones that are too tall for them to treat as a buffet lunch!

cyclamen

still outside but looking in too

I took my portraits to the gallery today for hanging. while they have been framed and wrapped waiting to go I’ve carried on with my abandoned farms. some drawings in my sketchbook

and three small paintings

I have two more paintings on the easel but am finding it difficult to get what I want from them. when this happens, as it does from time to time, I find the best thing is to leave it completely and focus on something else.  I  used up the paint on my palette with two quick studies of a gerbera and a cyclamen on my kitchen window sill.

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.

quick sketchbook study

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

in bed with flu

I spent the last week in bed with flu. When I started to feel a bit better I did some drawing in my sketchbook.  Happy to say I’m over it now and looking forward to getting work together for a group show at Espacio in April. more details about that soon!