Friday, 29 June 2018

North and South

The box sets are finished and were distributed to the northern participants this week. What a great set of prints. The southerly set will soon be winging their way South to the Falkland Islands so I hope the participating printmakers there will enjoy them as much as we are. Here's the front and back - pics of individual prints to follow.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Thing update

Lost a bit of momentum with this due to the prolonged data mining going on at the moment, but it’s nearly there. Just working on the hair now. Having built out the back of the head, it’s become rather top heavy so may need to think about the base and stabilising it somehow. Doing a thing about James Ensor next week so I may take it along with me in - grotesque papier mache masks and all that.

Sunday, 17 June 2018


This was the pallet that my press travelled to and from York on. Was going to get rid of it but decided to upcycle it into a rather 'rustic' garden table for the Aged P. Spending an awful lot of time down the data mines at the moment due to fast-approaching, non-negotiable deadlines so it was good to set all that aside and make something tangible for a change. It's not a thing of beauty particularly, but it's functional and has a certain agricultural charm.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Gerhard Richter at the new Hansard gallery

Gerhard Richter '4900 Colours' (2007) - John Hansard Gallery © Steve Shrimpton

Visited the first exhibition in the new John Hansard Gallery this week. Interesting exhibition (Artist Rooms: Gerhard Richter), fabulous space. One piece worked particularly well in its situation 4900 colours, 2007. I don’t envy those who had to measure up to install it. Also fun with badges. Well worth a visit.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

And the gluing goes on...

The Thing is taking shape. Thoroughly enjoying the process... amazed at how easy to use papier mache is. My new favourite thing. May try making some paper clay next.

Not sure what I’m going to do with it when it’s finished... maybe put it back into a print, if you see what I mean. I’ve been thinking about making some of my characters in 3D for a while, since Captain PB in fact. Also thinking about the characters that Paula Rego makes to paint. Maybe that’s the way forward. Layer them up so they’re constantly evolving... drawing to print to ‘sculpture’ to drawing to print and so on. Hmm.