Tuesday, 20 September 2016

on the wall at Weetons!








Lucky me!

my work is up on the restaurant walls of Weetons in Harrogate thanks to the lovely Watermark Gallery. Pop in if you're ever in Harrogate and grab some gorgeous food bits too,
 it would be rude not to!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wax Flower and Baking Powder...



I fell love with the 1950's graphics mixed with the rust on a little beauty of a vintage Baking powder tin. I love the nostalgia it conjures up of home made baking days in a cosy kitchen!

So, the little tin went onto inspire this print, 'Waxflower and Baking Powder', as a follow on from the  'Golden'    print I did a couple of months ago.


Here's how it all began...











I've listed this print here.

Talking of baking, I'm loving the Great British bake off on a Wednesday night! 
Mel and Sue are brilliant and make me laugh, and Mary Berry, well, she's just fabulous! I hope channel 4 can do as good a job next year!

I'm betting either Jane or Bejamina to win,
they both did a smashing Yorkshire pud!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Feeding the birds...


I can't believe I painted Skyla's shoes on the first day of school ten years ago yet it seems like yesterday I took the photo of her on the drive in her duffel coat and brand new red Clark's Start Right shoes. 
She was so very proud of them and decided to wear pink plastic beads to match so she looked her "bestest" It's my favourite painting I've done because of the special memories it evokes.

(*sigh*)

So
I decided to use this and the memories to create this screen print, 'Feeding the birds'











We used to feed the birds by the river outside the co-op with the crusts of the bread we'd just bought. Sky would eat a slice for herself because " the dickie birds will get too full mummy"
Happy days.

This print is now available in my Etsy and Folksy shops.... maybe I should do another print of Sky's feet at age 13 in her Adidas Superstars!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Jenny Thomas


Last Tuesday me and Sonny went to see the very lovely Jenny Thomas do a talk about her printing process at WYPW
Jenny's practise involves a mixture of lino and wood cutting and lino etching and she's brilliant at it!


Jenny's work is currently inspired by local architecture, read more here and here







Jenny is so wonderfully talented and very inspirational, her massive body of work is so impressive. Sonny loved learning about the process and Jenny let son do rubbings with a graphite block over the wood and lino cuts to reveal the image onto paper, which he thought was amazing.

The thing I love about Jenny the most though is not just her fantastic work but her fab smile and giggle, she's gorgeous inside and out. 
When I go printing she always has a big smile when she lets me into the building which is always a great start to my printing day! so lovely.

Jenny's work is for sale at WYPW and is also featured in the current exhibition 
Well worth a visit!


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Photo-Plate Litho...


 I was lucky enough to get on the photo-plate Litho course last Saturday at WYPW run by the very talented and fountain of printing knowledge that is Kate Desforges.

Creating the art work and exposing the plates is very similar to the screen printing I'm used to but the actual developing and printing the plates was a whole different experience,
and I loved it!




I met some really lovely creative people and learnt so much about the printing process,
Kate's a brilliant teacher and I couldn't recommend enough doing a course at WYPW.





I can't wait to put my new printing knowledge to use and start experimenting with the process.
It's so wonderful to learn a new printing technique!

Friday, 24 June 2016

To brighten the day....


Take a bunch of buttercups and a clean Golden Syrup tin and use 
it as inspiration for a still life screen print....


... add a cool grey background,



add some warmer shading,


squeegee on some yellow,



then a bit more yellow,


some tin green,


some stems,


a little gold,


black,


white details,


some more shadow,


overlay of green details,


and then pop it in to the framers and,


it's all ready for Holmfirth Artweek!

This "Golden' print has been created to celebrate 50 years of the Holmfirth Artweek exhibition, 
championing the amazing creative talent in the Holme Valley in Yorkshire whilst raising funds for the wonderful Macmillan Cancer support. 

Macmillan do such amazing work, they were my bible when I was going through cancer treatment,  such a worth while cause. So go down to the Civic Hall in Holmfirth from the 3rd July to see some gorgeous artwork, amazing sculpture and support a fab charity at the same time. 
There's also the fabulous Holmfirth Artweek fringe to check out too!


To mark this fantastic golden anniversary artists have been asked to produce a piece of work on the theme of 'golden',

and this is my golden.

I've listed this print in my Etsy shop,
and I will be listing in my Folksy shop this weekend,

a bit of yellow to lift the general mood:)