September 2021. I spent some time experimenting with wave shapes and printing the plates which I made on the beach in Northumberland aiming for a sense of movement.
October 2021. 'La petite lumiere' This tiny print was made in an edition of 11 for The makers Studio 'emergence' print exchange and is on its way to Australia.
October 2021 'La petite lumière' I made a number of prints with a second plate to add the dark colour, however to was difficult to achieve the consistent result needed for the print exchange which did not allow varied editions.
September/October 2021. Life returning to normal at long last . . . both Top draw and Westgate Studios are running regularly after 18 months of closure . . . need to get back into my stride!
'one of many postcards' is a printmakers' challenge started by Sheffield print maker John Peddar. Artists produce an edition of prints or similar and offer them on instagram in return for a charity contribution from the recipients. This is my first year of contributing, and I am pleased to say that all my prints were snapped up and have been sent out to England, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada.
My postcards are a varied edition of prints which combine a plate made from a recent life drawing class with cut up plates from my 'waves' series. The body in the print started to look like a sea cave reminiscent of the caves along Seaham Hall beach, the prints became more complex and varied as I worked on the edition but connote the mysteriousness and isolation of the remote end of the beach.They also suggest a turning of the seasons and saying goodbye to my summer sea preoccupation as the weather changes and shelter and refuge is needed.
'Light trails'. My next series of prints is developing a 'light trails' theme from my practice rhysome which explores ambiguous bodies and movement. My aims are to bring a sense of movement to the prints which are based on life drawings done from a moving model. The light trails fit with the time of year when bonfires and fireworks are part of the transition to Autumn in celebrations such as Diwali and bonfire night.
Life drawings photographed, printed out smaller and hatched with pen.
Artist proofs; print and ghost print.
Additional abstracts . . .
These images are from experimentation done at the end of a long printing session, the dark area is a rather clumsy 'roll over' technique suggested by the technician, which I don't usually use but I like the contrast with the fine detail of the drawn plate . . .
And of course life drawing continues.