Tuesday, 21 February 2012


I've just finished Private and here it is...

It's my first exploration of a theme I'm hoping to explore more of fenced in spaces, of areas of abundance restricted or curtailed in some way by human intervention.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


The Waterside Open 2012 begins today.

I've had Listen accepted.

I'm very pleased!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Ink & Steel - Publication

I've finally managed to publish the booklet of my exhibition Ink & Steel on-line. It's available to read on the amazing Issue website.

I must admit that I only discovered this website yesterday, after a few weeks faffing about with the Word file of my publication, trying to find ways to PDF it for free (and then discovering after all the effort that the version of Word I have has a save as PDf option. Boo hoo for all that wasted time and effort.

But it wasn't actually wasted, as while searching I found the Issue website, which basically allows anyone to upload a document from a variety of forms (I published mine from a PDF) and then publishes it as a slick on-screen publication, like the one used by Art of England.

It looks great, I think. Even though I've chosen the free option, so there are a few ad's, but they don't interfere with the publication, at least it doesn't seem to me that they do.

Anyway, here it is. Ink & Steel - the on-line ebook.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Thoughts of Spring

Despite the wintry weather today my thoughts have been of spring. I've begun a new drawing based on a photograph I took a couple of years ago...

I made a 30 second sketch to remind myself of how I want to interpret the light and shade in the image, plus a few notes to remind myself of a theme I intend to pursure over the next year or so...

...of fenced in spaces, nature held in check behind a grid of gate or netting. Though nothing really holds nature in check, she will always get her own way in the end.

I've had this theme in mind since last year and took a few photo's in preparation. There's a fence at the bottom of my more advanced work in progress. I feel like I've been working on this one for half my life. The pine needles have been a real headache. Aptly, post Christmas.