Sunday, 15 January 2017

New beginnings...

Well it's the start of a new era for me today. The last few months have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster as my mother's health declined rapidly. It was not an illness that you could label or any such thing but at 91 she seemed to decide that she no longer wished to eat and so began weeks of ...well I can't really describe it.Suffice to say I watched the person who has always been there for me at the core of my life just fade away and I was helpless to do anything about it and it broke me underneath . I never really understood until now looking back how difficult I find not being able to make things better. I suppose as a mother,wife,friend and also teacher it becomes part of you...that you can always do something to make things better for somebody ...but not then . I tried really hard to keep things going,to keep up with orders and demand for my work but somehow it just felt empty.I realise looking back now that my total lack of inspiration and desire to make work was just me managing Myself. It was almost as if I had numbed everything inside of me and that way I could just keep all the balls in the air without thinking too much.
So a few days before Christmas this very,very frail skeletal lady slipped away to another world and so began organisation...Christmas,funeral,belongings,family... spanning weeks.
And so to Mum is laying under a covering of beautiful frosted country flowers in the tiny village churchyard that she loved.Family all gathered together have now all returned home and a new era for me begins at the beginning of a New Year. I have got to do what my Mum always did best which is to pull herself together and get on with things.....
So,breakfast things to sort then paints are coming out and I shall will be strange not having to worry about her,not having to drop everything to help her,not feeling bad because I haven't been with her as much as I should in a particular week....but I shall fill that space with lovely things and happy times...and hopefully new ideas for work will flow and I will once again get that lovely sense of calm that I feel when deeply involved in a piece of work  or observing the world around me.

Those of you who follow me here  or on Facebook etc will know that  I'm not one to post personal things but somehow this felt necessary. When writing the eulogy for my Mum I had a sentence that read..."we shall miss her stories and regret the loss of those not told" and this is part of my story.
Let the work begin!
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Well, hello! Haven't been here for a good while and now it's New Year's Eve all over again! I really like the idea of a blog but get very confused as to what the content should be and end up not posting at all!
Should I 1.)keep it professional,just post things related to the "practising artist"part of me?
Or, 2.)keep it "art-related", things in the art world that interest me as well as number 1?
Or, 3.)should I just ramble on about everything I find interesting,have done,ups and downs,lots of references to other people's work, experiences etc and numbers 1+2?
I have come to the conclusion that this year I will endeavour to make it the kind of blog that I enjoy reading....lots of shared experiences and thoughts,obviously biased towards art but also just about life,music,wildlife,books,gardening.....So hope you will join me and please let me know of any blogs that I would find interesting and,of course,your own! It is such a big world out there and I feel I must miss out on some real goodies!
Wishing you a very happy,interesting,rewarding,joyous and memorable time as you sail through 2015!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A lovely weekend opening my studio as part of Suffolk Open Studios.The sun shone,the birds sang, and it was very heart warming to meet people who had made a special effort to visit, often from many miles away.When you are beavering away in the studio with gallery deadlines to meet it is very easy to overlook just what a wonderful working life I have! Sure,it's probably very ordinary compared to many artist's working lives and yes, there are times when working on your own can be lonely,but it occurred to me today just how lucky I am!I have my studios,set in a garden we have created over the years, dog at my feet and a working week doing what I love when and how I wish. It was when I was showing folk around, explaining how the blocks are made, showing new prints, explaining how over the years I have worked towards this point and listening to their comments that it suddenly dawned on me....How far I have come and how very fortunate I am! Lucky indeed!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

I have spent the day on Aldeburgh beach!

Hello again! It has just dawned on me that the last time I was here was January! It is now May! Where have those months gone......just a blur of working and family ups and downs!
At the moment I am busy getting work ready for a mixed show at Southwold Gallery, a mix of original paintings and prints. I am so pleased that there is a strong demand for my paintings as I'm finding them a real pick-me-up! I have always loved making detailed drawings that tell a story on the "page"so to speak, this with my other passion of watercolour has been my idea of of a good day! I was very chuffed to find a recently completed image was sold before I even had time to frame it! Happy I be!

It promises to be a busy few months.I have the Southwold show in early June,Open Studios the last two weekends of June and the delivery date for a show in the Assembly Rooms,Norwich at the end of June....rather worrying seeing it in black and white!

I am hoping to be spending more time here. Hope you like the new improved look to the blog! I am aware that I greatly enjoy reading about the studio antics of other folk but never make time to publish my own! I have become somewhat disenchanted with Facebook at the moment, not least because it consumes a large chunk of my time just browsing to no effect! So... I am to be a major blogger with a Business Facebook page and hopefully a more efficient me!!!
Time for the dog walk start to my day and then to finish the image above. Hope to see you here again soon!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A way of mixing it up!

I have been thinking of how I could combine printmaking and painting one step further. Over Christmas  I have been mulling this over and as you can see in my sketch book above things are taking shape! Initial plans are to have four small blocks arranged within a hand painted swirl of sea and fishes .....might work,then again......! 

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Wishing you all a happy, content and wonderful 2014 !
A New Years visit here more often!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

International Book Week

It's International Book Week. The closest book, turn to page 52, post the fifth sentence in your status, without the title. Copy and post the rules.

unbelievably when I picked up the book it opened at page 52 and the sentence is even more apt !!!!

"The aim is to work with someone whose honesty you can count on and whose opinions you value"

look forward to reading yours!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

a gift token...yes or no?!!!

Busy working on a commission this week. A few months ago I was asked to provide a gift token for someone to give as a special gift and this is the result! The customer has a cottage on the seafront at Southwold so I was asked to include this and a few of her favourite buildings including The Lord Nelson PH and the lighthouse. I hope she will be pleased with the result. Gift tokens are something I have never really considered but the more I think about it the more I think what a lovely idea! There are many artists I would be very pleased to select work from in exchange for a gift token! So perhaps it is time to consider launching the gift token again in time for Christmas....what do you think?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Here is the article from the East Anglian Times...excuse the embarrassed silly grins!!! I hope you can read it. I have tried to find ways of uploading the pdf file to no avail and have had to make do with a jpeg copy.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

 Thought I would give you a peek at what's been keeping me busy lately. Every now and then I have a 'small pic phase', sometimes print sometimes paint. I have been 'float-mounting these as  shown above and I'm rather pleased with them . They will be soon heading to Southwold Gallery
apart from the one above which is already on show in the wonderful Naze Tower in Walton on the Naze. One of the most unique gallery spaces ever......or do you know different?!!!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Going round in circles and meeting myself round the corner!Or lacking a sense of direction!!!
It's been a strange old time. There are times when I adore beavering away in the studio, sending work off to galleries, quite happy with the dog and Radio 4 for company during the day. Sometimes,however, I think it would be so nice to actually deal with the exhibition and sale of my work actually be able to put  a face to those lovely people who choose to buy my work or to have long interesting conversations with other creative folk. Twitter and facebook sometimes help with the latter but there are times when I would love to share a studio space, to have a combined workshop gallery so folk could wander in or perhaps belong to a cooperative gallery. Would I then crave my own company? I think the answer, as with everything is a bit of both !
I wonder how other folk deal with this conundrum? I would love to hear your thoughts!
My answer so far has been to have the odd stall at local street fairs etc where I sell my giclee prints , cards etc.  The last being the Adnams Midsummer fayre in Southwold.... but...every time it has either rained , snowed, blown a gale or  as on Saturday  a lot of rain and wind! I have stood and shivered and mopped and wiped and thought THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!
I  am generally a very positive,'get-on-and-deal-with' type of person but I find myself in a bit of a doldrum trying out different ideas for working, making , selling but going round and round in circles....Hey Ho! thing I am going to do is blog! Have a lovely week !

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

My work today!

Every now and then I have the urge to visit old blocks that have been sitting on the shelf for a while . It's a bit like visiting old friends.The Midnight Fisher was an early block that I am very fond of . Every time I paint it the cormorant seems to have a different character. This one seems a kind old soul...just what I need on a miserable January day ! He will be for sale at the Forum in the Norwich Print Fair show beginning 20th January.

Monday, 7 January 2013

An image a day.....oh well!

Oh well here is one resolution I have failed at miserably already! So here are images for the

January 3rd The hound chilling out after a hectic Christmas!

January 4th time to take down the trimmings 
January 6th A Walberswick wander

January 5 th canvases ready to pack!
January 7 th my usual walk past a seat with many stories to tell !

A "hare..y" day !

Making new blocks today ready for the Forum exhibition in under two weeks! Cutting it fine as usual! Hopefully they will be dry to varnish tomorrow,another drying day on Wednesday and printed by the end of the week. Masses to do!
Slight drama too when I locked myself out of the studio! The door had swollen so much in this damp that I was pulling so hard the brass handle broke in half ( a strong Suffolk lass me!)...Hoping pliers will work until a replacement can be fitted....if not I can do no work at perhaps?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

getting sorted!

Busy day today trying to get the New Year plan of exhibitions and events together. I always seem to end up with clusters of events no matter how organised I try to be....still it makes for an interesting life! The fun starts this Saturday with a stall at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay from 10-3pm and then on the 20th to the 24th with a Norwich Print Fair Elements Exhibition in The Forum in Norwich. I am going to be  also involved in several shows with the lovely Byard Art in Cambridge and a new venue in the Lake District in April,an Autumn show,hopefully, in Aldeburgh and something exciting at The Folk East festival in August. I am very excited too to be hopefully soon selling my work online with Made by The Hands of Britain website.
I am hoping to start the year off by showing some new work in Norwich to be  presented in a different way....better get a move on !

An image a challenges!

An image a day for 2013
I was hoping to have a separate page on here to record this new project but it would seem I have to have a new page for each one! The thought of 365 "new pages" seems too much so instead I am going to add them as I go along here. Best laid plans eh?! So here again is the image for 
January 1st 2013

It is of the most Easterly point of the British Isles down the road at Lowestoft. It looks very lovely here but is surrounded by the hurly burly and debris of the docks and local industries....but it is still very special. The  glimpse of the first  sunrise of 2013 would be here.

January 2nd 2013
Talking of sunrises...todays was an absolute cracker! Seen from the windows of our home the colour was spectacular and full of promise. I should have heeded the saying as a very grey drizzly day followed!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

 Today was a day to blow the cobwebs of the old year away with a blustery walk along the prom at Southwold. It was one of those days I like the best ...a boiling rolling sea, a wind in the true Suffolk tradition (the sort that goes through rather than around you), good coffee and good company! A trip to the prom wouldn't be complete without a visit to the pier and a quick polish of the memorial plaque to my Dad. This kind of day would have been his kind of day, hopefully he was with us enjoying the rolling seas too.
It has been a lovely holiday break and now I'm itching to get on with the new print block ideas that have been going round and round in the old grey matter. My first  show in 2013 will be at the Forum in Norwich on the 20th January with The Norwich Print has suddenly dawned on me that is not too long away !!!

Monday, 9 July 2012

A very quick look at what turned out to be a catch up week.
Still a little more to do....looking on the bright side !

I have several orders which I really must complete.....can you guess which brown mut  the dog is based on ? Yes,the resident studio hearth rug ! Looking very grand below. This pic was taken while on holiday at Iona ...oh to be there soon ! This print called "come home soon"is for the lovely Ellen, an Open Studio visitor.

The "watching hare" below is an order from my website. I have to say I am so chuffed with the eye! I find "eyes" have a mind of their own ! (Apologies is late and I am aware I am rambling !)

and finally the Wells print, a 50th birthday present ! Good to be crossing things off my "to do" list ...3 more to go !
The Boxing hares print at the top is a tiny drypoint ,also in the Bungay Festival exhibition.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Today was " delivery day" to the lovely Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay, Norfolk. If ever you are in this neck of the woods Bungay is really worth a visit ! Especially Earsham Street where you will find a great mix of shops ...antique,flower,interior,art materials,restaurants and much more! Here you will find Cork Brick filled top to bottom with gorgeous antiques and a wonderful selection of art as you can see ! At the moment there is an excellent show by the Sudbourne Printmakers( several of Norwich Print Fair fame !)

There is also a selection of work from gallery artists such as Dee Nickerson ,Georgina Warne, Nicola Slattery and Tessa Newcomb to mention just a few of my personal favourites ! Every corner is full of interesting things to see and Ken,the gallery owner,(he of the striking shirt below!)will always give you a very,very warm welcome! 


The next exhibition will be for the Bungay Festival and is called "Inspired by Bungay". It opens this coming weekend.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The latest ink/watercolour painting. It is of Bungay in Suffolk and shortly to be included in the Bungay Festival exhibition at the lovely Cork Brick gallery. The drawing took a long time....the painting was really mixing colour on the paper !

 Well, I can't believe I have ignored my blog for so long! Most definitely not the thing to do! But, I have been very busy just lately getting to grips with a new project that has been travelling round and round in my grey matter for a long time ! Finally, it is now taking shape  as you can see from the label above! I can't tell you how many hours and hours it took to sort,colour,font etc ....and I mastered (sort of on a good day!) photoshop !!!
 So welcome to the Dawdling Day ! Just what I needed to let my imagination run riot ! The work begins as an ink and watercolour original painting which is framed for gallery/ exhibition. The images are also reproduced as very high quality canvas and giclee prints which I will sell direct online and at art fairs etc. My long term goal is to have images from all over the British of course my treasured Isle of Mull will feature!
As I hoped having a break from printmaking has renewed my enthusiasm so lots of new images are brewing in the grey matter! (My grey matter is always too busy ...which is why I forget so much !)
But, I will remember my blog from now on ! Promise !

Monday, 20 February 2012

a task and a half !!!

Now exhibition frenzy has eased slightly I am on a mission to lead a more organised life ...with regards to art paperwork etc. Anyone who knows me will know this is a lost cause in any other area of my life !!!! So I am going to apply myself to a book that I have been dipping in and out of (without any constructive action so far ) called "I'd rather be in the studio"by Alyson B. Stanfield. This was recommended to me by the lovely Julie Howe of "My curious teaparty" blog fame a good while ago and now it's time to take action before I jump off a cliff in a flurry of pieces of paper!!!
So here goes....I will keep you posted ...meanwhile would love to hear your organisation procedures/tips in all areas of your art business (especially with regards edition records all you printmakers out there) !!!
Meanwhile I must get into the studio...The Norwich Print Fair Elements show to prepare for(hanging on Sunday at The Forum Norwich)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

A busy head !!!

My head is full of a new project which will hopefully see me finally get to grips with the problem of continuing to make my prints,which I can never envisage a life without, and having an alternative creative business which will not compete !!!
Oh dear this sounds like a riddle !!!! Anyway ,once these buzzing ideas become concrete I will let you know ! The problem is to stop myself thinking about these and get to grips with orders from the exhibition and making work for the Norwich Print Fair show at the Forum in Norwich to be hung next Sunday !!!! Time for a dog walk .... Happy Wednesday all !

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Yet another busy week with a happy ending !!!

It is far too long since I have paid a visit per usual ! This last week was hectic in the extreme but it ended with a lovely evening at the preview of my Southwold Gallery show. It was great to see so many of my images together and I have to say I felt very chuffed !!! It was also lovely to meet folk who had travelled quite a distance to see my work having already bought several pieces previously....collectors ....double chuffed !!!! I will post some pics of the exhibition later but for now here are a few images that you may not have seen !