I’m working hard getting ready for my COS weekend at Burwash Manor next weekend where I’ll be showing my abstract paintings alongside the lino prints I’ve been working on. I love learning new techniques and am really happy with how the final editions have come out. I don’t have access to a press so they are all hand burnished, and I’ve married the fixed quality of the lino print with painterly backgrounds which make every print unique.
It’s always good to try something new. Having attended a lino printing workshop by the fantastic printmaker Nina Sage I’ve fallen in love with the process so will be developing some prints to show at Burwash Manor on 27th and 28th of July alongside my paintings. I’m still at the test print stage but am encouraged by the results so far.
Whereas my paintings (often influenced by the natural world) are usually abstract I’m enjoying sticking with representational images while mastering the printing techniques. The prints also allow me to use my preparatory drawings and observations in a new way.
Using the processes and materials to evoke/capture movement in a print through mark making, as in any medium, is very satisfying.
I’m looking forward to taking part in Cambridge Open Studios again, this year at fantastic Burwash Manor on the 27th and 28th of July. This will be a new venue for me and I’m delighted to be exhibiting alongside other artists at such a great location with the farm, fantastic shops and Art Hound gallery also on site, which will make it a great day out for anyone coming to see the exhibition.
I’m working on some new ideas to show at COS in July at which I’ll be showing paintings and hopefully some lino prints too. I’m 130 in the guide and you can also download the COS app which is brilliant for navigating your way to the artists and makers you most want to see, whether by location or discipline.
There was a lovely buzz about the towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester during the festival over the weekend and it was great to meet so many local people with an interest in art and crafts.
My work was displayed in the assembly room at Huntingdon Town Hall alongside permanent work by the likes of Gainsborough! I enjoyed the juxtaposition of old and new.
I’m looking forward to setting up some of my paintings in Huntingdon Town Hall for the Bridge Arts Festival this weekend, and seeing the other exhibits. The festival involves local artists, performers and crafts people from in and around Huntingdon and our European twin towns. A huge effort has been made by Huntingdon and Godmachester Twinning Association so I hope everyone enjoys the weekend’s displays!
The full programme and a map of venues can be found here. I’m in venue number 1!
Further developments on the theme of ‘impressions of the ouse’. This series of work has evolved from direct observations, including sketches, photographs and immersing myself in the moment while out on walks. The preparatory work has enabled me to then experiment with form, colour, and materials to produce abstract pieces which, I hope, convey something of the original experience of taking in the landscape.
50 x 50 cm
Emulsion paint on canvas
40 x 40 cm
Emulsion paint, watercolour, pencil and charcoal on canvas
Some of my work is more purely abstract, whereas some pieces are developed more directly from observations and impressions. This pair of paintings – worked on together and designed to be shown individually or together – are an example of the latter. Ongoing work is similarly influenced by the local landscape which is a rich source of inspiration, colour and form.
Now that the sale is over here are some images of the postcard sized paintings that went to the John Hughes Arts Festival event. I enjoy the challenge of working to a brief, which can encourage me towards new directions for my work. In this case it was liberating working to a sketch book scale but outside of a sketchbook format and allowed me to test out a format and palette for a pair of paintings I’ve been mulling over for some time but hadn’t yet started (which are now being worked on). The small format also allows me to easily play with displaying them in different configurations relative to one another.
The Secret Postcard Sale at John Hughes Arts Festival will take place 6.30pm – 8pm on tuesday 12 February in the Bawden Room at Jesus College Cambridge. I’m looking forward to seeing the show which will be a great opportunity for punters to pick up miniature art works with price tags to match. I love this accessible format which removes people’s fear of making a ‘mistake’ when buying art. See it, like it, buy it!