Saturday, 23 January 2010

'Stocks' - Hard and Soft Ground Etching with aquatint

I've been having a bit of a sort out of images of my portfolio, recording images etc and thought I could pop a few on here for anyone who is interested to see.

'mugs and jugs' Oil on canvas (incomplete)

'There is a silence where hath been no sound' - Collagraph with silver leaf

Saturday, 2 January 2010

happy new year

in 2010 i challenge myself.... and everyone who reads this to start..... ..

"if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin"

last years mantra was...

"use the talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best."
Henry Van Dyke

Friday, 1 January 2010

'Bees in Amber'

over christmas I was looking through a few old treasures that my mum has hidden away and one of them is this book 'Bees in Amber' by John Oxenham. It contains poems and verses that have a liturgical quality to them: devout, wordy and earnest but exquisitely presented.

I love the illustrations of bees all over the inlay papers and the book itself appears to be printed with metal type, there is a very slight indent visible in the letter-forms.

paper cut-outs

i've just begun making a paper cut-out, inspired by the work of Rob Ryan. I've drawn the image onto the reverse of a piece of paper painted, on the right side, with Acrylic.
As I was assessing the progress I noticed the series of shadows created by the fact I was working underneath ceiling spotlights... now I'm thinking how can I recreate this image, perhaps in silk screen a series of screens and a subtle gradation of tone but not colour.

there's an interesting article on the 'Spitalfields Life' website about Rob Ryan and he currently has work exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.