Hot of the press, my new range of limited edition, hand signed, giclee digital prints will be on sale at my Open Studio weekend 7-8th May (details in the previous post). Alternatively they are available to buy through the website shop.
I am delighted that my new collage 'The Bolt Hole' will be on sale at the Hybrid Gallery Devon from March 19th. It is part of a show entitled 'A Singular Vision'. More details and a full online catalogue can be found at www.hybrid-devon.cou.k
Today I spent a happy hour cutting around my collages with a laser cutting machine. Over the last few months I have started collaging onto plywood rather than stretched paper, so that I can cut the finished image out like a giant jigsaw piece. Cutting out my collages has been immensely exciting and made my work far more striking. The uneven edges of my collage can now be clearly seen. I am feeling very cheerful and relieved! My collages are very intricate and take days and sometimes even weeks to complete. I am learning how to draw vectors in my computer, which then instruct the laser machine exactly where to cut. I live in fear that I will programme the outline incorrectly and inadvertently cut a precious collage in half! Luckily all went well this morning and I am extremely grateful to Michelle the laser-cutting expert for her support and advice!
Yesterday was so beautiful, crisp and clear that I made time to go out location drawing in Bristol. For a while I have been planning to produce another collage of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and wanted to see the bridge at dusk on a clear winter day. Yesterday was perfect! The tide came in at 4pm and the water was as still as a millpond. I sat on my favourite spot on a little outcrop of land that sticks out into the estuary, with an uninterrupted view of the bridge. Hardly anyone walks this way, so you can sit in total peace. I came prepared with a cushion wrapped in plastic to sit on and a blanket to wrap around my legs, but even so I got EXTREMELY cold! My drawing is a bit wobbly due to the fact that my fingers lost all sensation, but the sketch is good enough to work from and the photos I took will give me wonderful colour reference.
I have begun planning a summer trip to The Isle of Skye and am getting very excited by the prospect of drawing in such a beautiful landscape. I will be on the hunt for traditional crofters's cottages, majestic mountains and stunning seascapes! I will gladly hear any suggestions of unmissable viewpoints on the island, or suggestions of lovely places to stay. I collaged a imaginary Scottish landscape today....