Artists Books

I’ve been making artists books for the last few months and am finally putting this one in my Folksy Shop.  


I’ve made this book using a ‘blizzard fold’ which is a great fold if you want to create a sculptural book.  This book has an inclination to stay open, so I’ve put a ribbon in so that it can be tied closed. 

Books are very tactile and it’s great to be able to touch artwork rather than just look at it.  

Artists 303 Exhibition, Dulverton

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Hanging in Progress – Labelling underway

Today was hanging day at the Heritage Centre, Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset for the Artists 303 group.  As you can see from this small selection, the artwork is diverse in its style and media.    If you’re in Exmoor, why don’t you pop along and see the whole exhibition.  We’re open daily from 10.30am until 4.00pm, until Saturday, 6th August.  One of the group will be available each day to talk about the group and answer any questions you have.

The White Jug

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The White Jug  6″x6″

I can’t remember when I painted this oil painting exactly but let’s just say it was a little while ago. There’s a number of paintings backing up on the drying rack, waiting to posted.  Whoops!

#TwitterArtExhibit

#TwitterArtExhibition

Rosa  Oil Painting  149mm x 118mm

I’m taking part in a postcard art exhibition organised by David Sandum called #TwitterArtExhibit.   This group believes that “Through art we can change the world” and it’s a very thought provoking statement when you take some time to think of how art (in it’s broadest sense) impacts our world.

If you are interested in taking part; it’s open to both amateur and professional artists, click on the link here to find out more. Even if you can’t do it this year, how about next year?

As I’m really into playing with my oil paints I thought I would produce a small painting of a rose.  For this I’ve used oil painting paper rather than canvas.  There are clear guidelines of what’s required so I’m hoping that my paper is stiff enough to go through the checking process.

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Here’s a photo of the painting varnished before posting.  I don’t usually post varnished paintings as the varnish creates a sheen which reflects the light, but the varnish also lifts and brightens the painting which gives it more impact.

Garden Visitors – Sciurus carolinensis

Playing hide and seek in amongst all the branches. I just about managed to capture this grey squirrel feeding.  We have a hazelnut tree in the garden and the squirrels have taken and hidden most of the nuts.  They’ve buried lots at the bottom of the cherry tree and return regularly to retrieve them.

Cheeky little fellows, aren’t they!

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Grey Squirrel – Studio Garden

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Grey Squirrel – Studio Garden

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

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It’s that time of year when we take a moment to spend precious time with family and friends, and wish everyone health and happiness.

I’d like to take one of those moments to say thank you to everyone who takes an interest in my art and that includes you if you are reading this.

So, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family.  I hope that you will be looking forward to 2016 and all the opportunities that will bring you.

Merry Christmas!