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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

Flyer and PV Invite-1

 

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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

sketch

The small experimental plates…

plates.jpg

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.

Orford Ness Inspiration

So, Hubby and I went to Orford Ness for a weekend with the scary camera. I generally twiddle things and press buttons until I get a shot I like – my photography teacher called it ‘instinctive’ – I think she was being polite. Hubby, who is far more analytical, is getting into histograms and actually expects me to know what the twiddling will do before it does it. I suspect he will make a better photographer than me in the long run.

A day was spent stalking Little Egrets and Herons, we also saw Stonechats but they refused to sit still and consequently came out blurry. With much excitement, we watched a tiny black dot circling over the reserve which may or may not have been a Marsh Harrier…of course it is just as likely to have been a pigeon. I do not pretend to be a very knowledgeable bird watcher and I could include on our spotting list some ‘little brown ones’, ‘a red legged one’ confirmed by a bearded fellow with a huge telephoto lens to be a Redshank, and a little creamy orange one with a white eyebrow which turned out to be a Wheatear. This was confirmed by my friend Gwyn by dint of a behavioural description and the photo posted below. I guess this makes me a retrospective bird watcher – I take a photo and ask someone about it later.

I am learning though.

On returning home we played with Adobe Lightroom and discovered that some of our pics were not too bad. I have to credit Hubby with the Little Egret  – I think this beautiful creature will be appearing in a new collagraph print soon.

Macro beasties

About a year ago I enlisted on a one day photography course and bought myself a very lovely DSLR camera, the idea being I would head off into the wilds of Norfolk and shoot wildlife (with the camera!). With my head swimming with F-stops, aperture settings, shutter speeds and focal points I dutifully headed out, immediately forgetting it all as the first bird flew past and I realised I hadn’t taken the lens cap off. I am sure I heard the camera sigh!

The next attempt was less ambitious – limiting myself to just the macro lens and a promise to make a start on understanding shutter speed and depth of field I ventured into the garden to see what beasties lurked there. Here are some of the results – I don’t know whether any of these creatures will make it into artwork but I really enjoyed myself.

bee butterfly spider

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