Monday, 31 December 2012

thoughts for the end of the year...

I finish the year with a few pieces in the window of Fannie & Fox, Penryn and with a garage full of bits on the way to something.
It's time I got on with it and started working a bit harder. I need to finish the things that have been brewing for too long and I need to get my work out into the world.
Also Open Studios is only Five months away!

So I've written some lists. In fact my sketch book is filling up with lists - things to do and problems to solve. I've been waking up in the middle of the night to write things down as I know in the morning I will have forgotten it.

Now all the Christmas thing is out the way I will get some time to start ticking things off maybe.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Lights on a dark day

Just back from the office. Its dark and cold but had to go out in the garage and look at something I poured yesterday  And I'm glad its dark and cold because it made it all the more exciting - lights!
I have embedded some led's in a block of resin. And I love what they do. Think I'm finding a way to use lights at last. Can't do anything with it yet but have stuck it behind some of the beetles to see the effect. Thinking I will start building with sheets and blocks of resin. Lights...ah I wanna stop working now and play!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

sanded and polished

Sanding and polishing resins in my room whenever I have a moment spare. Sort of boring but also quite lovely seeing the things come out of the mist when I finish them. Thanks to Beethoven and Brasso.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

more resin... more insects...

My hands smell of resin. The insects are nearly all done and the ones I poured a few weeks ago are cured enough for me to handle without getting caked in the sticky stuff.

Doing some other things too like these spindle berries. Be glad when all the resin is done for a bit so I can tidy up and start putting things together. Not sure whats going to happen next but there are lots of things lying about on their way somewhere


Monday, 19 November 2012

two boxes of insects

i've been gathering words
on little scraps of paper
they gather in corners
piling up in boxes
glue and tweezers
fill in gaps
with words
that don't make sense
but do ...

out of moulds
seeming to be
never finished
never decided
never moving on.

   ... but these things happen
     there is a thread
they will come together

... and sometimes 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Wings and things

Some things I have at Fannie & Fox's  wings and Things exhibition until Christmas

dying to be reborn - detail

dying to be reborn

a waiting river

every day

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Prints at The Poly 30th October to 12th November

I have a couple of prints in this exhibition.

Prints from the Studio 2012,
The Poly, Church Street, Falmouth.
30th October to 12th November
presented by John Howard Print Studios

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

the herald

A moth flew into my windscreen as I drove to work this morning. It was dark so I never noticed but when I went to my car later in the day to go home I found it there, glued to my wipers. A gorgeous rusty red and orange thing. Its insides had been pulled out but it was still alive. What could I do?
I carefully detached it and brought it home. We found out it was a herald.

I brought home
a dying moth 
a herald
red and gold
I put him in a box
to die among friends
lies now between
kingfisher wings
porpoise bones
and adder skins
lies still
without light
and is beautiful

Monday, 22 October 2012

Fannie & Fox 27th October

A few of my things are in the lovely Fannie & Fox, Penryn from the 27th October. 
Fannie & Fox  'a space for making and the made' 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Print School inspiration

Had a week printing at John Howard's studio in Penryn at the end of September. Learnt so much and was very inspired.
To find some way of learning printing techniques and of using them in my work has been something I've been meaning to do for years. At last I have found a place I can learn and practice and its right on my doorstep.
The kingfisher I have been painting and drawing for the last month or so was my immediate choice to try etching and aquatint.

And whist I was doing the etching I had a go at making an image with a piece of etched aluminium. The aluminium plate is put in acid which eats into it to give it a tooth that holds the ink like aquatint. So before I did anything to it this plate printed black. I then brought the image out of the dark by burnishing and scrapping lines into the metal.
I love the physical process of etching the metal using acids, then burnishing and scraping away. Getting ideas of using the techniques in my sculpture.

This little one was a plate of zinc which I scored lines into with a sharp tool to make the black. The white of the images was slowly worked out of the dark by scraping and burnishing again. I mostly did it by touch as I couldn't really see what was happening on the plate very well. So it was a bit magical when it printed as I thought it hadn't worked. Love the texture. Bit like cloth.

This was another etching using soft ground and aquatint.

Lastly was photo etching. Something I didn't think I would be interested in but now I have realized what I can do, it might be (for now) the thing I want to go with most. This image was made with two plates. One the image of the urchin, one the text. I am excited by the idea that I can make 'real' the images I create digitally by combining and layering my words and pictures. I was making these picture poems in Photoshop long before I could physically make them in resin. With this printing process I can link my sculpture, drawing and writing. Exciting!

urchin heart - photo etching 

urchin heart - digital image

Monday, 10 September 2012

drawing and more drawing

dying to be reborn

Doing a bit of making now and again. This piece and a couple of others so they can go in an exhibition soon. Have updated the sculpture gallery.  But mostly been drawing and painting in sketchbooks. At the end of September I am doing a weeks printmaking at John Howard's workshop in Penryn, so drawing is with this in mind.The kingfisher seems to be my main inspiration at the moment but am trying to get out too. And there is still lots I want to do with the sketches I did on Byher. Where is the time! Will just keep drawing and see what happens.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Bryher sketches

Just back from a ten day visit to Bryher in the Isles of  Scilly. I've been every year with my family and a group of friends for the last eight years and I love it more everytime I go. This year I not only took my paints, as I always do, I used them. Bryher sketchbook
As we were camping I had no choice but to paint outside and it was a wonderful experience. The light and colour out there is fantastic. I was particularly struck by the intense oranges and ochres of the seaweeds. Took hundreds of photos. Will be a while sorting them but I feel there will be a lot of seaweed drawings and paintings soon.
 Bryher sketchbook 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

The rain falls

Another finished piece. I was making this whilst Open Studios was on. Was good to do something in the quiet times. As I was cutting the frame with my very old jigsaw and then sanding it down by hand I was wishing for some machinery to make things easier. Very hard knotted wood. But as the colours and the grain of the wood slowly showed themselves to me I decided lack of machines is not such a bad thing. Peacefully getting covered in dust instead of going deaf and disturbing the neighbours.

The rain falls

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Framed shore crab

Just finished this piece. It was commissioned by some lovely people who visited me in Open Studios week last month.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Last day - thank you

Marmite can come back now

Well Open Studios is over. I have had such a good week, meeting, talking to and sharing my work and studio with lots of people. Every day has had surprises and been full of inspiration. I am sure I will do it again next year.
Thank you everyone who visited me and those who didn't make it and want to visit just give me a call or drop me a line. I like visitors.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Last day of Open Studios tomorrow

Its been such an interesting and
varied week. I have enjoyed every minute of it.
And there's still tomorrow!
Open from 11am to 5pm.

Thursday, 7 June 2012


Great weather for ducks - someone was joking about ducks coming to see me the other day ... well today they came.
I tried to persuade them to come in and look around but they seamed happier in the puddles.