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New Paintings for Earth and Sky Exhibition

For those of you that have been waiting patiently for news of new paintings – here it is! I have been working on a selection of new landscapes for the Earth and Sky exhibition. Here is a selection of 20 x 16 inch and 20 x 20 inch images, all will be available for sale at the Wymondham Arts Centre from Tuesday 21st August. For more information and updates on the show and workshops during our two weeks please follow my facebook page.

 

on the river bank
On the River Bank
AN AUTUMN BREEZE
An Autumn Breeze
THE WINDING RIVER
The WInding River
towards the coast
Towards the Coast

The show runs from 21st August to 2nd October at the Wymondham Arts Centre, Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Free Admission.

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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!

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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Stock

So in the precious hour I had in the studio today I have gone through my website and updated a few images that were listed as out of stock and added a few that have been languishing out of view. My intent is that I will try to keep a tidier shop! Wish me luck – I would rather be printing so I might be tempted away from the scanner by my etching press which is currently giving me reproachful looks…

Wildlife

I guess as a wildlife artist I cannot really get angry when it eats my plates!

On the plus side for those of you that own ‘Blackbird in Magnolia’ your print has now increased in rarity as I only printed a third of the edition…hmmm there is a lesson in that I guess.

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Photography day with James Neale

So, in the on-going battle between myself and my camera, I attended a workshop at Banham zoo with the Photographer James Neale. What a lovely day! Lots of tips to get the best out of photographing the animals and lots of brilliant advice about buttons and twiddlings on the camera…needless to say I took lots of photos and have just spent an hour picking three to post here. Howler Monkey (through glass), Lemur sunning itself and the baby Spider monkey…

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I am so pleased with this last image of the baby spider monkey; their eyes are startling blue when they are born.

Anyway, my Dad kept me company for the day too – and we fully intend to come back to put into practise everything we learnt…watch this space for more shots.

I highly recommend the course especially if you are new to photography or want a refresher. The tips and advice on getting the best shots out of a zoo environment were brill!  Take a look at the links below for more info.

Banham Zoo photography

James Neale

Update…

We went back!

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