Tuesday 26 June 2012

Bloom and Grow

Every summer I run a summer school for Horsley Printmakers. This is probably my favourite printmaking teaching of the year as the luxury of 4 days really allows the students to achieve a huge amount of work and explore many techniques. This summer's course is called Bloom and Grow and runs from 9th - 12th August.  There are still 2 places left so if you are interested CLICK HERE for a link to Horsley Printmakers site. Meanwhile here are some images from my sketchbooks on a loosely floral theme.  However hard I try in my drawing styles I always refer back to surface pattern techniques ( my degree was in International Textiles and Surface Pattern) and these paintings and drawings look as though they are a starting point for something else - fashion or interior prints maybe.

Friday 22 June 2012


I've been going through a red phase....

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Towards Abstraction

Printmaking brings out a completely different side to my artistic output. With rollers and brushes in hand I love to make gestural and instinctive marks. These monotypes are abstract but are also based loosely on two themes.  The  warm palette relates to an obsession with taking photographs of weather damage on boats and the cooler blue tones refer to research into traditional japanese architecture. I'll photograph some pages of the sketchbook to which the images relate soon and post them up.

Sunday 10 June 2012

Precious Memories

I am still taking bookings for  "Precious Memories" on Sunday July 8th. In the last few years this has proved to be my most popular course. This is  probably because participants can bring things which have a personal resonance for them and learn to collage them into a resolved piece which they can treasure. There is more information about the course on my web site CLICK HERE for more details and if you want to book then please contact me through the web site contacts box.

Friday 1 June 2012

Les glaneuses

An attempt to work into an old piece of needlepoint, not sure it works really...