Sunday, 25 June 2017

garden in June


Lots of expectation at the moment - annuals are coming into shape and bud. There are some healthy plants looking promising. This year I have grown zinnias from seed for the first time. I don't know why they are not grown so much in the UK - perhaps that is changing - I think a reason might be the need for a lot of sun. I am hopeful we might get just enough. It seems I am having a second childhood when it comes to gardening, with a need for bright annuals and picture book flowers. So along with the zinnias I am growing sunflowers, centaurea, snapdragons, calendula and easy veg such as lettuce and chard, as well as tomatoes and herbs. My hope is that by August my garden should be producing plenty of bright jewel blooms and veg. That is if the slugs don't attack, the aphids are repelled by friendly wasps etc...

centaurea and sunflower

tall red snapdragon

you can't be too protective when it comes to basil - here I'm using a child's chair so they are not sitting around on the patio waiting to be eaten by slugs

clematis 'voluceau'
(a bit redder than this photo suggests) - is quietly blooming at the moment - not bad for a £1.76 supermarket plant bought only this spring)




chard 'bright lights' - will be great in salads and later in the autumn will be left to grow larger - might possibly over-winter in this sheltered garden

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

new work

still life with yellow striped jug

still life with striped yellow jug - gouache on Fabriano paper


small landscapes

small landscapes - monoprint drawings
this group of drawings came about recently - I've been making many different monoprint drawings, with attention to mark-making, that certain smudge and quality of line. A few years ago now I made quite a large series of monoprint landscapes - and just recently looked back on these, so the drawings above stemmed from the past series. I used additional brush work in a few of the drawings to add an extra dimension to the space of the drawing.

It can take me several attempts to get a drawing that feels right. Quite often this means making three or four drawings of one idea, then comparing and considering. I might like certain things about one drawing but a bit of another - and I learn from these, continue on with making further drawings. So I do end up with quite a few drawings and have to be ruthless - yes I do 'cull' drawings. And I do hold on to some, but I can't hoard everything. It is all about making a drawing that works for my eye and this is of course why I have to carry on drawing until I get to what I want.

My working methods are not something I want to reveal in a step-by-step way - but I will say I am very hands on, preferring to spread ink with fingertips, and I use a range of sharp tools for drawing. It has been suggested to me that I write a book on monoprint drawing from the perspective of an artist who does not use a printing press - and this certainly interests me. An idea to consider, a possibility.

There will be quite a number of monoprint drawings in tomorrow's shop update. I always offer these at special prices (bear in mind the above, it takes time and sometimes multiple drawings to get to the one that works).

So tomorrow there will be new paintings and drawings in my shop - and I do hope you will enjoy taking a look.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Monday

still life with blue patterned bowls

still life with blue patterned bowls

Hello, it's a very warm day here -much of England is experiencing a heat wave. It's a sunny, sad start to the week. I hope you understand the sense of sadness many of us are feeling - and perhaps you share it too, no matter where you are in the world. But I will not give up on hope - and look to see the best in everyone.

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I have spent today working on a new still life painting - another in the ongoing series - and I am looking forward to sharing with you all the new artworks I have made over the past few weeks or so. My shop will be updated this Wednesday at 2pm. It's always a pleasure to send my work to people near and far, and I do hope you enjoy seeing the latest selection.

After this week's update I'll be taking a few days off. My son has just finished his GCSE exams and is now home for a long and well-deserved holiday. I will be back to work soon enough and aim to update my shop most weeks during July and August - small updates throughout the summer.

Have a good start to your week - more new work to see here tomorrow