Thursday, March 30, 2017

Collagraph plate


This is a small collagraph plate that I made recently.  It's approx 5" x 5" and made from cardboard mat board.  I have not printed from it yet but will get around to it soon.  It has been coated with several coats of Shellac for protection.

I recently bought a small portable printing press after my original press was damaged some years ago. The new press which is actually a die-cutting machine but can be used for printmaking.  I have already printed a small linocut  on this machine and the quality of the print was very good. It's the Xcut Xpress.

This is an old pattern of lilies that I had from printmaking years ago so I have just re-used it here and hope to make some more interesting plates in future.

Red Scarf


Small drawing done recently with Pastel and Pastel Pencil on Fabriano pastel paper.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Experiment ..

This is an experiment with acrylic paint, charcoal pencil and Lyra black pencil.  I have not done any painting for some time and so it all feels a bit strange.  But I will persevere and hopefully things will improve.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Abandoned girl ...


Just a sketchy drawing which I think was done on oil sketch paper .. I recently found it on my computer and remembered that I actually did start to paint this one but abandoned it as I did not like the feel of the surface.  Surfaces are very important to me because I hate to have to struggle with them to get the paint to do what I want.  I have this image so I could probably give it another go I guess.  I have a new studio space which is a 'first' in my life.  It is just lovely and I love being in there when I can but so far have had little time to enjoy it.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Small sketch


Just a small sketch .. pastel pencil and some pastel on Fabriano Pastel paper .. Limited palette.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

An old painting and a new studio ..


I've been tidying up and sorting through some old work that has been hiding away in neglected folders.  This one .. 'Clare' .. is approx. 9" x 10" I think .. I've put it away again but should have measured it first. It's acrylic on canvas .. done some years ago.

The reason for the clean up is because I have suddenly been given a studio space in this old house. The room is quite large but has been neglected and in need of repair.  Most of the work has been done now and I have painted the walls etc.  I am going to paint the floor too so I think it will probably be ready in a couple of weeks.

It is about nine years since I did any serious painting (if it could be called serious) .. lol  But I have desperately wanted a painting space for a long time.  I expect that I will be doing lots of experiments with paint and I really feel like I will be starting like a beginner again as I am so out of touch with paint.  I hope to revive this blog with new work.


This image is looking out through the studio window at the back of the house.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Duchess


A little drawing done late at night after not drawing for quite a while. 'The Duchess' .. which may or may not resemble her!  Which Duchess?  you may ask!  There are no jewels or tiara's.  I feel this drawing is a bit 'basic' .. ie. not enough interest in the drawing technique which I put down to my lack of drawing of late.  However it made it here to my blog instead of the rubbish bin which means that it does possess  some qualities that I like and is therefore worthy of a place here .. because I am a harsh judge of my drawings.