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Press plate

Colombian

After a long haul, my beautiful Colombian press is now fully installed in my studio.  Seems incredible that all that mechanical stuff creates a downward movement of just one centimetre.  What matters though is the pressure.  It’s basically the biggest nutcracker for miles around.  Now all I have to do is set it up and get it working in time for Spring Fling.  So if you want to see half a ton of working cast iron press made in 1860 or so (about the same time as the house was built), or if you just have some walnuts to crack, you know where I am.

Extremely grateful to Giles at AMR for moving this from its old home in Leith and coaxing it back to life.

Was just joking about the nuts.

The Artful Hare

artful hare pages
Pages from the book featuring my linocut: Hares at Stairhaven

Once again, I’ve been lucky enough to have my work featured in a beautiful new book, “The Artful Hare”, published by Mascot Press and available now, price £27.50.  Available from my online shop, from my studio over Spring Fling weekend and in the Wildlife Art Gallery (Lavenham) and the Birdscapes Gallery (North Norfolk) during their current printmaking exhibitions,  both of which feature my recent work.

Exhibitions in May: East Anglia

Birdscapes Gallery
Birdscapes Gallery, North Norfolk

Wildlife Art Gallery

Just back from a trip to East Anglia, delivering work to two specialist wildlife art galleries both holding printmaking exhibitions this month.  The Wildlife Art Gallery at Lavenham, Suffolk has an exhibition to launch “The Artful Hare” (a fabulous new book of artwork featuring hares by more than 70 printmakers). Called Art in Print,  it starts on May 10th and runs for the rest of the month, featuring six printmakers from the book, including myself.  The prints in the show are not all of hares by the way!

On May 9th the Birdscapes Gallery at Manor Farm Barns, Glandford, Holt, opens its annual Printmakers’ exhibition. This one runs until mid June and will include a very good selection of my recent work.

Shout!

This little print emerged yesterday following a walk on Sunday in some woods near Stranraer, where there seemed to be wrens everywhere.  It is a linocut and it has a couple of interesting features. One is that the branch bleeds off the paper, and the other is that the ink is wiped off the breast of the bird with a bit of lint free cloth just before printing to create the tonal variation.  The title is a reference to the amazing strength of the wren’s song: it’s a real belter of a tune for such a tiny bird.

Interested in buying this print? Click here

Diverted by driftwood…

driftwood owl

 

I can never resist beach combing and I’m always on the lookout for things that look like bits of birds. This owl probably started with the feet which are made out of half an old hair clip, and uses some old furniture tacks and various bits of driftwood and plastic.

Exhibition starts today

summer oystercatchers

Why not visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust visitor centre at Martin Mere, Lancashire and combine a fantastic birding experience with a really inspiring art exhibition. Opening today, Art and Nature is an exhibition of 70+ pieces of wildlife art by established artists from the north of England and Scotland.

It finishes on May 22nd and features six pieces of my work, including the Summer Oystercatchers print and the Barnacle Geese, Islay, tesselation.

See www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere for more information.

Scar Rocks Gannet Colony

scar rocks

gannets

Fantastic boat trip on Thursday out to our local Gannet colony on the Scar or Scare rocks in Luce Bay.  The rocks have approx 2,500 nest sites.  Took lots of photos for later use! With many thanks to PIRSAC

What’s happening?

4/4! Prints selected for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year exhibition 2015, at the Mall Galleries, London.

For the first time this year I decided to apply for this exhibition, and was delighted to find that all four of my entries had been accepted this week.

The collagraph, A stand of Plovers, is one of them.

The exhibition will run from June 29th (PV) until July 4th.

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