"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."
Yesterday was spent running around, in the morning a trip over to Malton to drop the work off for the Talents Fine Arts Summer Exhibition. The preview is next Friday night - see above for more details. I have two prints in the show. The Lapwings used on the publicity material above and the Nightjar print.
After dropping off the work in Malton it was straight back and over to Holmfirth to collect the work at the end of Holmfirth Artweek. It was a nice surprise to find that I had sold a couple more pieces than I had when I'd visited the exhibition the previous evening.
I know in the previous post that I said this print was intended to be a single colour, black on white print. However, I couldn't resist trying to make a colour version as well. So we will try to make two editions from the single block. With this base colour down I can begin to carve the block. The initial inspiration for doing this print, and more especially for making the black and white version is what will be the contrast between the two halves of the print. The top half will have dark vegetation against light water contrasting with the bottom half of the print which will have light vegetation against dark shadowed water. As I have decided to make a colour version as well there is some work to do on the bottom half of the print to get to the next stage.
On another note, the Summer Print Exhibition at the Calder Gallery in Hebden Bridge which was due to start in a fortnights time has been cancelled due to the gallery suffering damage in the flooding which occurred in Hebden Bridge last weekend.
I studied illustration at Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen, graduating in 1984. The works shown on this site are based on observations and drawings made directly from life in the field. The field sketches are mostly drawn using a Rotring Art Pen or a soft 6B pencil. The finished studio pieces are generally linocuts but I have recently started working with drypoints and mezzotints. Further information and more examples of my artwork can be found by following the link below to my website.