Artists Books

The last time I posted on these books was October and to say they have taken over my time has been an understatement!

I received a commission for six different colours for Christmas presents and it was full speed to make sure they were ready in time.

Here’s a little video for you to see the paper folding part of the book making process.  I hope you enjoy it.  I’ve listed these books on my Folksy shop so if you fancy treating yourself or someone special, please take a look.

 

 

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Shoreline Project

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Fishing Boat, Lyme Regis

I’m taking part in a little project with a group of printmaker friends.  In fact, it’ll be two projects and two groups.  Each person has committed to producing one A5 carved block based on the shoreline.  It’ll be great to see the different plates together showing a range of shoreline subjects and carving styles. Hopefully we’ll have the first collective print next week.  I’m also working on producing a colour version of my plate, so we’ll see how that goes!

This is my proof, there’s a few weeks to do and then it’ll be ready. Hope you like it.

Petit Paintings – Tea for Three

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Tea for Three

Oil on Canvas Board

6″ x 6″

I started this year hoping to develop my painting skills and as always, for one reason or another I haven’t moved on as quickly as I would have liked.  I’d like to be a lot looser with my style and that generally comes with practice.   I have, however, enjoyed painting these tea cups.

They were amongst my mothers china that we sorted out when she passed away.  The colour of the cups is fabulous and although all three cups are identical, they reflect such differences of light so as to make them look very different shades.

There’s still a couple of corrections I’d like to make, and the beauty of oil painting is that I’ll be able to do this over the next couple of days.  For now though, I’m satisfied.  I’ll leave you to guess what those corrections are … feel free to leave your comments on what those might be!

It makes a nice change to do these, gives me a break from printmaking.  So, if you’d like to see more of these, let me know too!

Here’s some photos of the painting evolving.

 

I did enjoy this first thing this morning, but it wasn’t long until I was back at the Christmas print production line.  I’m hoping that that’ll be it for a few days.  Who knew that the Christmas card (print) sending list was suddenly so long! I’m glad my dining table can take this many prints.

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Partridge In a Pear Tree, Christmas Print

Christmas Card Printing

Getting slightly carried away with iMovie. Here’s a little video of the printing process.  It’s one and a half minutes long and if you enjoy it, please feel free to share it with anyone else who may be interested in printmaking.  At some point I’ll try and video the first part of the process.

If you have any questions about any part of the process or the equipment I use, just let me know.

A different take on a Christmas card

I normally produce my own personal Christmas cards.  Lovingly designed and cut from a small block and then printed onto shop bought blank cards.  However, this year I have decided to take a different approach.  I’ve printed my Christmas Card design as if it was a normal print, with sufficient margins for it to be mounted properly.  It’s nearly a standard size too.

Quite a few people tell me that they have framed my Christmas card, that I thought I would make it easier for them.  So, now I’m calling this my Christmas print.  Each print is individually signed and editioned so it’s  unique to the receiver. It will be delivered with my very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.

I hope you like my take on a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Here’s something a little different too – a slide show.  Courtesy of WordPress!  I hope it works on tablet computers (fingers crossed).

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The Giveaway Winner

 

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On the 1st November, I began a giveaway to say thank you for everyone’s support.  One giveaway was on Facebook and the other, here, on this blog.

I’ve used a random number generator to pick the number on the list of names below.

So a heartfelt congratulations to Laura (PA Pict) as you have been chosen as the lucky winner of one of my gold Mupe Bay prints.

If you can email your postal details, I’ll post this for you soon.  Hopefully you’ll receive it in time for Christmas.  If you want it sent to a relative in the UK instead, just let me know.

I’ll be doing more of these, so keep watching!