Its been a year since I gave myself permission for a break from the studio while I took on a full time day job. Last month I finally got a chance to get back to the studio regularly and got straight back to creating some new blocks and trying to remember where I left things last year. I missed the regular cheecking in to sit and review, plan and make work - I am wondering if I still have the knack!
As a starting point I am cataloguing all the photos and sketches I have made during my break. I hope this will consolidate my direction with my new found time. I have also been doing some ad hoc printing for cards and wrapping paper using the erstwhile humble neglected potato as the block. Here is the resulting ‘Hecate’s Moon’ print - Willow being traditionally aligned with the darker side of the moon…
“ "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… . Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here – and, by extension, what we’re supposed to be writing." Makes me want to get into the studio and get my hand dirty… ”
Anne Lamott via Brain pickings
The irascible Brighton Morris men and Cuckoos Nest. Pen sketch from traditional English folk session held monthly at The Park Crescent.
Pen sketches on postcards for Kath. Always remembered…
Beautiful runner beans at the allotment. Am now cheerfully munching my way through them by the pound!
Been anticipating my week away in France for about 9 months, only to turn up at an unseasonably cold, wet and miserable bit of freak weather….no matter as the welcome from Kathy & Steve has been more than warm enough to make up for it…
Contrasted here is my sketch of Croutelle in the drizzle and the reality in today’s first bit of sunshine!
Printing Project Part Three: budding quince. Perhaps Spring has finally found its way into my wintry prints; this is bursting out all over with zesty life…!
Printing Project: in practice
For anyone who has been following the printing projects, the resulting prints and cards can now be found at the very welcoming and lovely Betty & Friends, Artist Open House, Brighton.
Brighton Artists Open House May 2013: Open for business at Betty & Friends, 20a Springfield Road, Brighton.
Showing my original mixed media landscapes, prints, cards & textiles alongside 5 other artists showing jewellery, woodcuts, textiles and oil paintings. Come and visit us.