"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Colour 8 and almost finished.

One more colour should give us a little bit more definition and then thats it.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Colour 7

Another darker tone and gradually the fish become a little clearer, I hope! Another two colours should see it finished. I've enjoyed playing around with the patterns but I don't want to make it too confusing.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

New Galleries

I delivered a number of prints today to a new (to me) gallery, the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in the City Art Gallery building on the Headrow in Leeds. This is a prestigious venue in a superb location so hopefully should be good for sales. http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/

I also found out in this mornings post that one of my prints has been accepted for the Open Up North exhibition organised by the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, on the southern fringe of the Lake District. The exhibition runs from 1st October until 10th November. http://www.openupnorth.org/

Next weekend its off to Doncaster Art Gallery with 3 prints to submit to the Open Exhibition there.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Colour No 6

Colour 6 printed and we are starting to get a feeling of recession towards the top of the print and the deeper water. The main colour of the fish is now established and the next few colours will see them emerge more clearly.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

More work on the fish

Colour 3 on this print, the base colour for the fish, is a monoprint blend of 3 tones dabbed on to the plate with a brush and then printed. Its a bit haphazard and as with any monoprint each one has come out slightly different.

Colour 4 begins to establish the shapes of the fish and adds the lightest tones to the river bed.

Colour 5 and we are adding more colour to the river bed. With the first attempt at this sort of subject matter, I printed the stream bed quite uniformly. With this one I want to give more of an impression of the water deepening towards the top of the print. So I am trying to keep the foreground quite light in tone.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

On Line Sales

My prints are now available to purchase on line at Folksy.com. Visit www.folksy.com/shops/StuartBrocklehurstPrintmaker or follow the link in the sidebar on the right.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

A bit more work

Added the second colour onto the print. Not much of this will show in the final work, just a few small patches. Its main function being to 'knock back' the blue, providing a neutral tone onto which the remaining colours can be laid. Regular readers may guess where we are going with this print (if it works!). As it is a more complicated version of an earlier print.

Running Around

Its been a week of running around. Last Sunday we had a drive up the valley to Hebden Bridge to collect the unsold works from the Summer Print Exhibition. It was a very pleasant surprise to find that of the eight prints submitted, four had sold. In a group exhibition, where my work has to compete with that from a lot of other printmakers I would have been happy to have sold one. On wednesday it was over to the Ryburn Gallery in Sowerby Bridge with a copy of the Brown Trout print to replace one that had sold there. This has been a very popular print, there are only two copies remaining, one framed and one unframed both now at the Ryburn Gallery. Yesterday we had a trip to Kendal, to deliver two prints that have been shortlisted for the final selection process for a new exhibition organised by the Brewery Arts Centre.

So not much time for work, just this large rectangle in a nice shade of pale blue. A new print intended for a new (for me) gallery, I will shortly have my work available in the Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery but more of that later.

Sunday, 4 September 2011


Loch of the Lowes, Scottish Borders. Acrylic on canvas. 400mm x 500mm.

Haven't finished a painting in ages, so this is a bit of a rarity. You can see how much painting I've done recently by how clean the easel is! I had intended this to be a print (it might still be one yet),