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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.

the first flurry



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…


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.


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…


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


We went back!


RSPB Titchwell

We had decided to spend a precious free Sunday watching birds. Hubby, in the tradition of reluctant ornithologist, wanted guaranteed action and so we ventured out to Titchwell reserve where at least you could get a decent bacon sandwich. It was beautiful  – we were lucky to see a tiny snipe and the distant shape of the Marsh Harrier among some of the more plentiful Teal and Avocets.

It is the turn of the Terns

So I have been thinking about Little Terns for a few months now and I finally decided to start a plate. This has taken a couple of days to do and I finally printed a few off today.

Adding hammerite paint for highlights and white areas


Plate on the press ready to go…a nervous moment!


A Place in the Country

Gosh, it seem ages since I last posted anything. In my defence this painting has taken ages, but, here it is! Its first public appearance will be at the Southwold Gallery during my ‘feature show’ from the 25th March to the 3rd April 2016.


I have finished printing two of my most popular images – Foraging Wren and Goldfinches. This morning I spent an hour with a sharp pencil signing and editioning them!

It is a funny feeling when you get to the end of a print run – mainly it is quite exciting because you have made a connection with a lot of people and they liked it enough to want it in their home.

It is also a bit sad to think that you will never print from the plate again because it has kept you company for such a long time and seen you through quite a few exhibitions.

Ah well – I will just have to start working on some new ones!

Welcome to my first blog.

My wonderful husband suggested that I should write about where I find my inspiration and about what I get up to in the studio – so here I am trying to  decide what to include in my first post.

Blank paper syndrome…

Hey, there’s an idea. My first post  – blank canvas to finished painting.




cliff top os

It is called ‘Cliff Top’ and is painted with acrylic on canvas. This is a piece I hauled out of the archives – painted in 2011. From now on I will try to record my new pieces in stages and post them here.

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