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.
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.
We went back!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.