Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Small Windows is a mini-zine of poetry with colour artwork. This little booklet offers a small selection of nine recent poems. If you have read any of my writing previously I hope you may like - if you are new to my poetry then it might just be something you find at least intriguing....
Poems are contemporary, experimental little creatures with contrary minds. I write about trying to fathom things out or just not: paintings, the process of making pictures, gardens and nature, history. Each zine will come with a tiny original botanical drawing - gouache on Fabriano paper. This will be a first edition of just 50 - but I may consider making a further run if there is demand. The zines/booklets are designed, printed and hand bound by myself. I'm keeping the price as modest as I can - £5 including UK postage (extra postage cost for overseas).
Small Windows will be available to purchase from my shop from Wednesday 26th July. I am not reserving copies - but as stated above, if there is demand I will make additional copies so everyone who wants one should be able to purchase.
It's taken me a few attempts to get to this latest zine - I had a couple of false starts in the past, getting so far but then feeling the poems did not want to work together. But with this handful of nine I feel they are doing what I want, in their own ways. I'm glad to be at this stage - with a new zine ready, and I am pleased with it. I've had poems published in a variety of journals and pamphlets previously, but I decide to self-publish every so often, to allow me to present my writing in the way that I want - with my own colour artwork - offering anyone interested in my work generally an opportunity to have a small collectable piece.
Monday, 17 July 2017
still life with earth pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper
tiny book - sketchbook - acrylics
hello, It's a very warm and sunny-with-a-bit-of-cloud day here. I feel I've made a good start to the week - I've been working on new larger paintings and have just this afternoon started to print and bind copies of my newest zine! Yes a poetry (+artwork) zine is due out next week. More details to follow soon (probably tomorrow)....
So this week I will be busy continuing to print/bind zines as well as making new paintings and drawings. I expect the days will go by quickly but I do hope to make time to share things here.
My next shop update will be a week on Wednesday - Wednesday 26th July at 2pm.
Monday, 10 July 2017
working outside yesterday - sat in the shade, making marks with oil pastels - I have not worked with oil pastels for a few months so it was good to get them out again. I prefer to work outside when I can.
Hello, it's another warm and sunny July day. Thanks to everyone who visited my shop last week and purchased artwork, very much appreciated. It was a pleasure to put together packages and send to near and far. One of my most favourite things to do is put packages together and I hope you enjoy all the artworks received.
One of my least favourite things is paperwork - but that's what I am doing for some of my time this week. I have to do it and of course it is all part of being a self-employed person etc... but paperwork involving lists of numbers is ugh, anxiety and headache but eventually it all makes sense. I check and re-check all my sums but when it is done - yay! To balance the paperwork out I make time each day to work in my sketchbooks and make a start on new artworks.
My garden is starting to bloom and there are tomatoes just forming on plants. I'm hoping to share another gardening post some time soon and hope this might interest you.
I will share a post of sketchbook posts later this week - until then, take care and more soon.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
a small yet atmospheric monoprint drawing with additional ink wash
one of an ongoing series of book-form works - hybrid artworks, perhaps - or simply concertinas. This one is mixed media, with acrylics, gouache, linen, collage and monoprint drawing
bottle collection - a larger painting in acrylics
I am updating my shop tomorrow at 2pm UK - hope you will pop by to see the full selection of new work, thanks always
Monday, 3 July 2017
concertinas - paintings/little books - acrylics and gouache
Hello, happy July - here we are moving toward the heart of summer (I think of mid-July as just about 'the heart', perhaps because that is the time schools finish here in England). I hope you are enjoying fine weather. Of course I know you may be in the southern hemisphere - I send quite a few packages to Australia and a one or two to New Zealand - many thanks! So I am mindful of the fact you are experiencing a different pattern of sun and days. We each live in our own microcosms, and what inspires me here in my modest house on the hill may be different to someone who lives just a hundred miles away, so to make international connections with people in many different countries is a great thing, something I value very much - thank you.
So, enough of the musings - I am posting this a little earlier than usual today as I am working all this afternoon and perhaps later this evening to complete work in progress. My shop will be updated this Wednesday at 2pm UK time. Expect to see a mix of paintings and drawings, including a lively selection of artist books works.
I hope you have a good start to your week - more tomorrow.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
ginger tea - a larger painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper (size: 35.5cm x 30.5cm)
still life with green dish - a larger painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper (size 36.5cm x 26.5cm)
I am currently working on a variety - my 'usual' eclectic mix of still lifes, portraits, drawings and more.... As well as the larger paintings above I am also making a few new artists books featuring still life objects and I hope to show you those soon.
figure standing in a stream - gouache on Fabriano paper (size: 17.5cm x 13.5cm)
I hope you enjoy your weekend