After so much time in lockdown it was invigorating to spend a week with with family at the Northumberland coast. the panoramic is of Druridge bay next to where we stayed at Cresswell, The area used to be a coal slag heap but 20 years of reclamation have resulted in the most amazing beaches. (shhhh, don't tell everyone!) Coal still washes up there making patterns with the sand.
Based on some of my photographs and sketches I decided to make a collagraph to enter the 'Wish I was there' postcard event run by the Network rail to encourage people back out traveling on the trains, a post-covid update of the train travel posters of the 1940s-1950s. The stipulations of the brief meant that the print had to be postcard format and that it had to be a recognisable place or area. I developed an image of Dunstanborough castle aiming for dramatic effect and feeling of movement in the sea and sky.
So . . . this print was selected as one of the top 100 entries and will be on display by network rail, online and on the huge digital boards at their mainline stations>
The second print is of Sandsend with Whitby in the background . . .I'm a Yorkshire lass after all!.
This print was selected as one of the top 20 entries and in addition to being displayed it will be reproduced as a postcard for sale.
Continuing the theme and exploring materials . . .
Using the printed tissue from Dunstanborough castle in a collage on board.
Playing with oil stick and acrylics.
Encouraged by my success with 'wish I was there' I made another call out entry . . .Ursus Maritimus/polar bear blues for Explorers agains extinction annual art auction..