Sunday, 23 July 2017

I'm currently exhibiting etchings at Linden Hall Studio, Contemporary Art Gallery, 9-30 July, Deal, Kent.

'Hedgerow to hillside' - etching

West coast of France - sketching

Beautiful and ever changing light on the sea here at Vaux sur Mer.  The sun, clouds and, I think, sandbanks, affect the colour of the sea.   It changes from indigo to very pale green, to golden and turquoise.


My etching entitled 'Homed and homeless' has been selected for the Metropolis exhibition at the RBSA in Birmingham

I am delighted to have my etching, 'Homed and homeless',selected for the Metropolis exhibition 2017 at the RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists). The exhibition runs from
 23 Aug - 30. 

 'Homed and homeless'

My metal plate etching....

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Painting and drawing in Cornwall in June - fabulous colour, light and exceptional heat!

Wow what weather.  It was so hot I was hiding under a rock at noon one day!

The light and colour is fabulous around the coast.  I spent most time at Cape Cornwall, Porthgwallar and Bottalack on the 'tin coast'  where you can see the remains of old tin mines and the recent Pollark drama was filmed.

Even the rock in this part of the country are beautiful shapes and colours.

Exhibition in Deal, Kent 9-30 July 2017

I'm exhibiting 3 landscape etchings with the Printmakers Council at Linden Hall Studio - a contemporary art gallery in Deal, Kent, 9-30 July.

At Scarborough Art Gallery - 'Lasting Impressions' exhibition with the Printmakers Council, June 2017

One of my drypoint prints was exhibited in the 'Lasting Impressions' exhibition which  comprised work from the archive of the Printmakers Council, for which Scarborough Art Gallery is the repository.  

What an amazing selection of prints in this exhibition!

In the RBSA Prize exhibition June 2017

A lovely exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' gallery in Birmingham on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter /

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Tulips - inspired by the Netherlands

 watercolour sketch of tulips
 watercolour, ink and gouache study of tulips

 The plate - ready for etching

removing the ground from the plate to reveal the image etched into the plate

Three etchings hand printed from the plate using my etching press.  I've applied different coloured inks to create different final images.

More etchings - Shropshire landscape

 The Wrekin
 Shadows on the Wrekin
plate and print on the etching press

etchings - trees and shadows

 sketch of trees and shadows - late afternoon long shadows and winter trees

I then used diluted coffee and painted an image (based on this sketch) onto a piece of aluminium plate.   I rolled Baldwin's 'Big Ground' over the top and baked it all in the oven.   Then I put the plate in warm water and rubbed away the ground which was onto of the coffee. See below...

The image revealed on the plate!

Then I placed the plate in a mordant to etch the image into the metal.   See here some plates in the copper sulphate saline solution...

Then I inked up and printed the plates using my etching press.