It's the time of year when ripening veg invade the windowsills of our house and printmakers have to take second place!
The tomato plants all decided to get blight and 'Tomato Moths' at the same time and so we harvested the lot (a lot) and left the plants outside for the caterpillars to finish off! This means that every space has trays of tomatoes of every shade between green and red and I really hope they all go red as we still have some of last years green tomato chutney in the cupboard...
...and the pepper plants got really bad greenfly all of a sudden - it must be an end of season thing - so you can just see the fruits lying on the windowsill getting redder by the day...
...and the squashes (my not so secret favourite thing to grow and then stockpile along with the logs ready for winter) are just having a final warm indoor ripening session before being stored away ready for winter feasts that will be needed in the far distant future.
Oh, and I made some prints too. But really I'm more interested in the squashes and the stockpiling...
At the beginning of the month I spent a happy day running a couple of lino printing workshops at Papervillage in Bristol - oh what fun was had!!
Several people signed up for both workshops and so spent an entire Sunday lino cutting, which is a feat of endurance for the most seasoned printmaker, and they barely paused for a cup of tea so dedicated were they!
But hey, they left with bundles of prints and as some claimed to be complete non-arty beginners I think they did so well, many fine artworks completed.
What I always love is how unlike my work the work produced on courses I teach is!
Look at all the zingy colours... makes me think I should try out something that isn't black... the image above worked brilliantly as a block for rolling 3 different colours onto one block - no aligning or registration needed here!
In the morning we did mostly one colour prints (to get everyone started as it was a complete beginners course and you really need to play about a little to find out what the tools do and how to ink up and how different papers can print) - in the afternoon everyone could go in a different direction, some choosing to do multiple blocks, one brave person went straight for a reduction print and others played around with multi-coloured inking to get the results they were after...phew.
We are nearing the end of our household birthday season - one left to go - but I think the mono-printed british wildlife birthday bunting may survive for a while yet! Created for our Wildlife and Owl craft party...
How can we scrunch up those sweet little creatures??
We can't recycle foxes...maybe they will have to stay up until Christmas!!
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....
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...