Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Friday, 5 February 2016
Back home, I booked in for several sessions at Northern Print during April. Using my drawings (these two from previous trips) together with my memories of sunlight on snow I spent many hours absorbed in making some new monotypes.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
I had my wish to find snowy mountains in
The wind was so high that it made drawing the Fiacaill Ridge quite a challenge, and blew the dog’s coat off her back! It was found by climbing friends a day or two later wrapped round the first aid post in Coire an t- sneachda. Velcro is a wonderful thing!
As Nan Shepherd observed in The Living Mountain (1977), '...as I penetrate more deeply into the mountain's life, I penetrate also into my own. For an hour I am beyond desire....I am not out of myself, but in myself. I am.'
After the dazzling light of Aviemore, we headed to Sutherland and I found myself in the softer, moodier light of the West coast.
Here low cloud made for some beautifully atmospheric views but limited drawing opportunities.
After fortifying ourselves at the brilliant pie shop in Lochinver, I got to work making a couple of watercolours of the distinctive Assynt mountains Canisp, Suilven and Cul Mor from a nearby viewpoint.
Later in the month, I spent time immersed in memories of the snow in
This is one of the Fiacaill Ridge. Currently on show at The Biscuit Factory,
Friday, 6 February 2015
These are the two images I created - the first one tending more to the abstract, but both of them celebrating the seductive forms, textures and light of snow and ice under sunshine and blue skies.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The year began with inspiration from William Tillyer’s amazing watercolours in his exhibition at MIMA. ‘Against Nature’, and from Ornulf Opdahl’s magnificent Nordic landscapes at University Gallery in
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
It takes longer than you think to put on an exhibition!
First, there's the planning.....
How to tie your brain in knots trying to visualise the space and how the work will fit into it!
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Tuesday morning and another pleasant train journey along the Northumberland coast delivered me to Waverley Station in time to arrive at Edinburgh Printmakers for the afternoon session.
My first job was to create an acetate for a second colour on the Cuillin image.
I transfer this to the clean stone, process it, roll it up with black and leave it to rest overnight. Time flies when you're having fun!
Wednesday morning and another acetate - this one for the second colour on the Ama Dablam image. It's such a good process this - just like making monotypes but with the option to produce more than one print! Again I transfer it to the other clean stone, process it and leave it to rest.
Meanwhile I mix up a colour blend of dark blue and purple ink and use it to roll up and proof the Cullin stone. I'm so pleased with the resulting image, which has a lovely graphic quality, that I decide to print a separate edition of it.
Finally get round to adding this colour layer to the Cuillin image!
A short tea break, then clear the decks and prepare to print the Ama Dablam acetate transfer.
I mix a deep, purplish blue, proof the stone and print the second colour layer. I like the strong contrast this makes with the first blue - it makes me think of moonlight on the mountain so I carry on and complete the edition.
By now, I'm well into the evening session - it's turned into quite a marathon today - so I call it a day (and a half!) and head off to the chip shop round the corner for my supper.
I start Thursday's session chemically cleaning the Cuillin stone to prepare it for another colour layer. While it's drying I create another acetate, then transfer it to the stone and process it. While it rests, I mix a rusty 'bracken' colour. After a break for coffee I proof the stone and print the third colour layer. I decide to add this to half the edition and retain the rest as a two-colour print.
The time has come to take a proper break so it's off to Broughton Street and The Bakehouse in search of a late lunch before tackling the cleaning up.
Then off to Waverley with a satisfactory hoard of new prints to take back to Northumberland. An enforced break will keep me from EP for a while, but come the spring, I will be back!