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Hare prints by Kerry Buck

With the Earth and Sky exhibition on the horizon I have been making new plates and printing up old stock and have gathered quite a collection of hares. Which begs the question ‘what is the collective noun for hares?’.  Well,  according to Google – a Down, a Drove, a Husk of Hares, a Leash, a Trace, a Trip and a Warren of Hares. I feel quite inspired!

Here is a preview of some of the Hares that will be on show at The Wymondham Arts Centre from the 21st of August. Quite a Husk!

 

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My next exhibition of printmaking and painting.

I am excited to announce that after taking a couple of years out of exhibiting I am back!

Several months ago a colleague of mine tentatively asked me whether I would join her in an exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre. The reason for the sensitive approach was she knew that my two young boys hadn’t left much time or energy for artistic endeavours. However accepting her invite has been the motivation I needed to squeeze every minute out of my studio time and since then that has been the case. The wonderful lady that dared to ask is Amelia Bowman  a very talented printmaker, pattern designer and persuader! You can see her lovely work by following the link above which will take you to her website and you can also check out her facebook page where you can see videos of Amy hard at work!

We will be joined by the artist blacksmith Toby Winterbourn whose work is based on the flora and fauna of our Norfolk countryside. I am lucky enough to own a 7 foot tall foxglove which has pride of place in our porch and  I can’t wait to see what sculptures he brings along to the show.

Earth and Sky

The title of the Exhibition is Earth and Sky, a theme which developed from my previous exhibitions with the late Elizabeth Mace, my very dear friend.  She was always very supportive and I am sure she would be pleased that the regular Earth and Sky show is back.  The show will run from 21st August to the 2nd October so I hope you will be able to come see us at the centre.

Make sure to check out my blogs for previews of some of the work that will feature in the show and announcements concerning possible workshops.

Wymondham Arts Centre website

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Keeping the puddle topped up

One of our family jobs is to keep the puddle opposite our house topped up. All manner of wild things use it as a watering hole but perhaps the most delightful are the House Martins who swarm around it. They need the mud to keep their nests securely fixed to the wall and their babies safe, so please if you know of a local puddle which needs some attention grab your watering cans.

Thank you xx

Time to notice the little Things

I took Dog out for a walk the other day while my lovely hubby put the kids to bed. I took the usual paraphernalia – lead, poo bags, phone, dog, but added the camera. I was a little longer than usual as the macro lens means I become distracted by the little world we usually stomp through. There are beautiful things out there when we take the time to look!

 

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When I got home these little guys were on the fence so a quick lens change…

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A quick change to the telephoto!

Experiment

Time is precious so I do not often run the risk of experimenting. I have to be in the right frame of mind and utterly ready to spend a whole day producing potentially disappointing images. Often I have a very clear picture in my head of what I want and it just doesn’t happen – a trap I fall into time and time again. Well this week I started to experiment in a new direction and as yet don’t know whether it has been a worth while investment of time.

This is the idea

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The small experimental plates…

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The results so far…layers

I need to keep playing. It is not quite what I had in mind and I think I need to work more on the background before I over-print.

Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed – I will post updates.

The Foraging Party

My garden has been full of birds and insects since the sun made an appearance. Thinking about that statement – it is more likely that it is always full of life but I have been spending more time out there noticing it! Anyway the result is a new collagraph print featuring a trio of Long Tailed Tits as they ransack my honeysuckle for whatever takes their fancy.

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Sketching onto the card plate
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Beginning to cut out the leaves
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The final prints
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Detail

The Artful Hare

Exciting news, the second edition of this wonderful book is about to be launched. The first version sold out which has allowed the publishers to add some new images to this second printing.

The book is expected to go on sale in the week beginning 21 May (official publication date 18 May). The UK cover price is £22.95. The work of 89 artists is included and there are approximately 400 images including a few by ‘yours truly’ (www.mascotmedia.co.uk).

Christmas designs

The urge came upon me to work on some Christmas images, so for the last two days I have installed myself at the kitchen table to work on some smaller plates, it being too cold to work in the studio, and this what I came up with.

I am really enjoying adding a splash of white spirit to the plate just before printing it – i had intended it to look like snow but was really pleased with the textures it caused as it reacted with the layer of ink. More experimenting needed I think.

 

The final image.

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New Work

 

At last I hear you cry….I have completed a new image which I have also put on the website (a small triumph of time management). I have also put two other pieces up which have been in circulation for a few months but haven’t made it to the portfolio pages of my site. So may I present….

Summer Swallows

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and let me introduce you all to Peewits, Mardling and Gossip

 

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