Monday, 16 April 2018

Prometheus continued

Managed to grab an impromptu day in the studio on Friday so continued on the theme of Prometheus. Monoprint with the addition of a drypoint figure. Hmm, not sure if it works.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Big Painting Challenge

Photo from Making a Mark blog

Love it or loathe it, the BBC's Big Painting Challenge is back again for a third series. What a funny old business it is too. Have a look at Katherine Tyrrell's blog, Making a Mark, for insightful reviews of each episode. And here's a clip from tonight's episode.

Looming deadlines

We're nearing the handing in deadline for our collaborative box set. Not usually a fan of printing editions but I really enjoyed this one. And what could be more satisfying than a pile of prints, trimmed, numbered, titled and signed?

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Preparing for Prometheus

Had a great day monoprinting at Red Hot Press on Friday. Working on a series of prints relating to the Prometheus myth. These are a few small trial prints which I want to develop further. Still using the colour combinations found on Greek ceramics and experimenting with light on dark. Going in the right direction I think.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sand storm

Weekly drawing challenge number 7

Week 7 - the spice trade.
Getting seriously behind with these, but hey, it's just a bit of fun so who cares.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 6

Week 6 - container.
Tutankhamun's death mask.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

More monoprints

The Greek myth obsession continues. Can't keep away from that dog...

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 5

Week 5 - 1698.

William of Orange was on the throne in England. He had a rather excellent nose (I may have exaggerated it a bit in my drawing...).

Bit late with this one due to Stuff. Week 6 due on Monday.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

North and South


Several projects on the go at the moment, one of which is a collaborative box set of prints between Cowprint members and a group of printmakers in the Falkland Islands. My image is in progress.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 4

Week 4 - an excess.

What does Cerberus have if not an excess of heads?

Black biro on a piece of discarded monoprint.

From Life - Royal Academy

Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy,
(Somerset House), 1 January 1808

There were some good things in this exhibition but overall, a bit disappointing. Not enough variety of work, not enough history etc. The film of Chinese students drawing a huge head of David was good, as were some of the 19th Century paintings of life classes at the RA. Amusing in a Giles cartoon sort of way; some of the students didn't seem to be paying attention or looked decidedly bored. Also wearing hats indoors. You have to feel for the models who must have been pretty cold.

Exhibition continues until 11 March.


Unidentified artist, A Life Class, Early 19th century?
Oil on canvas, 987 X 1347 X 25 mm
Formerly attributed to William Hogarth.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Tuesday life drawing

Worked on an etching plate (soft ground) last week, this time graphite stick on newsprint, but for some reason, it didn't etch very well. Hmm. I have theories. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Weekly drawing challenge

A friend of mine decided I needed a drawing challenge so every Monday she gives me a new topic. We're only on week 3 so far; here are weeks 1 and 2.

Week 1 - a clock.
Week 2 - more than one musical instrument.

I'm keeping them small and trying to do them fairly quickly as a way of being more disciplined.

This week's theme, week 3, is something that has been repaired. Why not join me and play along?

Friday, 12 January 2018

A new year of life drawing

Had a day of life drawing on Saturday and our Tuesday evening sessions started up again this week so drawing for 2018 is off to a good start. A friend has decided to set me a weekly drawing challenge too so news of that coming soon.