Open Studios..previews

In a weeks’ time Hebden Bridge Open Studios will begin.This is when the public get to see all those creative spaces and the beautiful work that is made in them.

I will be opening my studio along with the super talented Hannah Nunn.

To celebrate and to give a sneaky peak of what will be in my studio I am going to feature a piece of artwork each day on my blog.

So without further ado, first up are lots of handprinted cards…

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I have been thinking about the colour palette of each of these cards; I wanted them to have their own identity in their ranges but still have some running thread.I have already made prints to sit along side the Kingfishers and I am particularly excited about making the hummingbirds into prints. I used metallic green ink for these-it made me very happy to see how it shined against the matt grey recycled card (it is the small things)!

Hold on to your seats for the next instalment…

 

Lovely Kingfishers

I still have an obsession with drawing Kingfishers. I love their shapes and colours. I decided to make a new print range using blues like before but also hotter colours like yellows and oranges, to echo their plumage.Being able to use colour like this is what always draws me back to screen printing. It is a real chance to develop my pen drawings. I hope you like them…

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looking back 2print

kingfisher and moon 2print

kingfisher and sunshine 2print

They are in my shop too!

New Greetings Cards

I have been busy drawing and printing new card designs. The jade green colour on some of the birds is metallic and printed so well! I generally mix my own colours so it was an absolute treat to buy some pre-mixed! I spent a stupidly long time choosing them in the  Fred Aldous art shop, whilst trying to avert my eyes from all the other lovely things.

They are in my shop now and I am hoping they bring some summery colour your way.

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Smelling the Flowers

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Hummingbird and Flowers

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Hummingbird and Flight

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Spread your Wings

 

Inspiration-Alexander Calder

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I first discovered Alexander Calder when I was at art college and I fell in love with his miniature circuses. He called them Cirque Calder and invited artists such as Picasso to view them. He invented the mobile and I always find his art full of joy.

Here are some of his circus drawings that make me smile..

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And the circus…

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I hope you like it too, Happy Sunday!

Kingfisher cards

Lately I have been drawing lots and trying to get a range of cards together that I am happy with. This seems to take me a while; first I have to be happy with the drawing, then I have to hope my screenprint of said drawing works and then I have to be happy with the finished result, including choice of colour, paper etc….you get the picture.

And so here are my new Kingfisher cards (that I am actually pleased with)…phew, it feels nice to say that.

I start with drawing in biro…

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Then screenprint them on recycled card…

kingfisher and moon card

kingfisher and sunshine card

kingfisher and yellow branch card

looking back kingfisher card

I have listed them in my shop if you want to have a gander !

 

Inspiration: Ginny Grayson

You might think a portrait painter is an unlikely inspiration for me, but I have been teaching lots of classes based on portraits and came across this beautiful work.

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Ginny Grason is an artist from New Zealand, now living in Melbourne. I always love the process of someone’s work being evident and the ghostly drawn lines tell the story of its making.

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Sometimes it is the negative spaces; knowing when to leave parts out that makes a drawing breath.This is something I yet to master. Grayson does it beautifully.

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Funnily enough I came across this Picasso quote today (other lesson planning):

” I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else”

I kind of like the idea of a drawing or painting having its own character to be discovered. When I paint I never have a clear image in mind. I really just have an idea of the mood I want it to have. I am often surprised by the look of a painting I make, but not the feel.

If you would like to see more of this beautiful work it is here.

In the meantime I am going to get my charcoal out, who knows what will appear..