After two years of blaming the cloudy weather for my non-existent photos of artwork I've had to pretend to take an interest in taking some.

As I am sure is the situation with most people/artists there are only three places in my house which could be considered suitable for photographing and these places are usually covered in piles of important reference material/paints and inks/cups of tea and work in progress.

The only place available today also has a purple wall.

Not the subtle grey/purple of the magazines....


A film of a Printmaking show - whatever next...

If you like films of galleries and printmaking then this one is for you!

Some really great prints by some amazing folk in the current show at RBSA Brook Street, Birmingham, click here and you will see...


Print Biennial in Birmingham...

Print Biennial exhibtion

On now — 23 August 2014


Do you want to see some process?

 I could have called this post ...'progress' instead of 'process' , but progress is all relative isn't it!  So it's process instead.

My main process is carving out lino, for a lot of time, in a happy bubble of my own.  And that is nearly enough in itself....but I do like printing too.  Above is a picture of a just inked 'new' print - such a glorious moment in any piece of lino's life.  This happens to be of a ferocious cat intent on destruction, but it could just as easily have a been a sweet kitten, slightly bedraggled by a Spring shower.

My second main process is looking through drawers to find the piece of lino I now need to print and that I do know is there.  Somehow there isn't a logical filing system for multiple pieces of grey lino, all living in sets of grey drawers - should it be by size/species/age/weight?  I just don't know, but looking through drawers is a big part of my week!


framing and framing

I've been framing (assembling, someone else made the frame bits - I just do the cleaning up, putting in, taping down, adding fixings, undoing again to get that stray bit of fluff out, putting back in, taping back down, re-doing the fixings and final polish up...).

It is fair to say that it has taken me a long time!
But that means there are also a lot of pictures now in frames.

One boxful went off this morning as a mini-exhibition and some of the others will go up later in the week ready for our local arts trail and the local exhibition I'm in for the rest of the month.


Practical tasks ticked off the list - back to doodling now.


May excitements!

I love a busy month!  May is it, every year!

I am being pulled towards the allotment, I just want to go and plant things, it really is compulsive and it is a great time of year to spend alot of each day outside.  I know there are lines of bunnies, pigeons and slugs watching my every move, but for an hour at least order and abundance remains...

It is also the month of our local arts trail which is always a blast, with music, art and food featuring all around the area, and this year our venue is letting us turn the weekend into two weeks, so we are having a 'real' exhibition alongside it - hooray...

You can see the giant poster already, so I will only say that I'm very excited, as there is going to to be some pretty fab work and I love hanging out with all these folk, so what a great excuse to do so.


sunshine, printing, waiting

It's sunny, I've been printing (how unusual...) and I'm waiting to hear about several little schemes in the next couple of weeks, so I'm also twitching.

When I opened my print drawer a few days ago it seemed quite empty and I have had a flurry of printing to fill it back up again.  I have even branched out into midnight blue as a change from always black (can you see the cards in the above photo are blue?  It was quite a radical move for me and I'm not sure that I will be able to sustain such impulsive ways of working).

I've also painted my garden gate blue today, but that is so bright in its blueness that it isn't even registering on my camera.  I hope that the neighbours recover.  I blame the sunshine and will try to reign it in for a while.