Tuesday, 27 November 2012


I am exploring birds in flight, from drawing on paper.
These sheets are larger than A1.
Then translating the drawings into collagraph prints made of card, wood glue and carborundum. These birds are around life size, the plate just fitting on an A1 piece of Somerset etching paper.
This image is considerably smaller with its feet on the ground, silk aqua tint with tile cement.
There is something uncomfortable about a flying bird, it is such an alien image. We see birds in the sky every day, but perhaps it is easier to understand them moving than caught in frozen flight?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


I expect we all know someone who is growing a moustache for Movember? Now I know I could raise a fortune if it was me, but as hard as I have tried I can only manage a goatee!
The lovely Rob has thrown his top lip into the ring to raise money for men's health and in 3 short weeks has developed a reasonable tache. Less Magnum and more Des Lynham, still not complaining.
I know lots of chaps are joining in, but those of you who have met lovely Rob know that this is quite a high profile gesture for him, especially as he works on building sites, can you imagine the leg pulling he is getting? Women are very open about their health issues, we like nothing better than to talk about our bits and bobs, chaps are a little more stoic and things get missed. Perhaps this out break of moustaches still covers up the fact that men do not face their health issues? But it is a start.
Show your support and pop over to the lovely Rob's mo site, http://uk.movember.com/mospace/4757145
and donate, I promise Rob will wax the ends of his tache when the ends get long enough.

Friday, 16 November 2012


This teeny tiny enamel book is now part of an artists book exhibition.
an exhibition of experimental artists’ books

curated by we love your books|2012

15 November - 17 December 2012

Avenue Campus Foyer

Avenue Campus, The University of Northampton
St. George’s Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD
For more details and to see the other exhibits,  www.weloveyourbooks.com

Thursday, 15 November 2012


I thought I was over the beetle thing,
but I can't quite let it go.
I have had the drawing urge yet again and have some ideas for enamels and beetles bubbling up.  

Friday, 9 November 2012


This is the collection of work that has just been dropped off at the New Brewery Arts in Cirecester.
These pieces have been made especially
for the galleries Crafted for Christmas exhibition
which starts 24th November and goes on to the 2nd January.
Thanks again to the lovely job Sky Blue Framing has done for me.

Monday, 5 November 2012


I spent the weekend teaching a master class in sketch book techniques for the New Brewery Arts in Cirencester which has left me itching to work in my own sketch book.
Therefore I have spent the day working on an idea that I want to make into a collagraph.
These pages are 14 x 12cms and use a mixture of acrylic paint, acrylic ink, Quink and bleach, finished off with a light rubbing of sand paper.
My next Mixed Media Sketch book workshop is the 8-9 December at Hampen Factory, near Cheltenham. Contact me for details.


I have just delivered this set of enamel pictures to Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire. www.nature-in-art.org.uk
They will be displayed as part of their Contemporary Craft Exhibition.
14th November to 16th December.
I have taken the step to have these enamel pieces framed, I am very pleased with the finish.
Thanks to Sky Blue Framing for doing such a beautiful and fast job. www.skybluegallery.co.uk

Friday, 2 November 2012


I have been invited to create a public art piece in enamel for the Bath Road in Cheltenham. This is the calm before the storm, my studio is set up to do the full scale drawing for the commission.
After the initial flattery I now have that, oh my goodness, how big?! feeling. Yes, seven and a half feet by three and a half fills the wall of my studio.
It will be a lovely thing to do as I live around the corner from the Bath Road and am part of this community. Cheltenham Connect www.cheltenhamconnect.co.uk and the Bath Road Traders Association www.bathroadonline.co.uk want a piece of work commemorating the economic history of the road.  
There are businesses trading here that have been in the road for 200 years. I want to celebrate that constancy, rare in our fast moving age.
The Bath Road is full of independent traders and still looks like the original high street from my childhood.
A daunting project, but I am looking forward to working with a UWE college Rachel Davis and will be given a great deal of technical support from John at Hy-Tech Enamellers www.hytechenamellers.co.uk 
So into the breech of public art commissions...am I hearing the intake of breath from those of you who have embarked on this sort of project?