My weekend in a nutshell …

Well .. I went to a lovely private view / Q&A session at The Green Man Gallery last night … Unfortunately, I missed the submission deadline, but some of my friends had some gorgeous artwork in the show.


After a mooch about and a glass of wine, we had a bit of a talk about the Buxton Spa Prize ( link below) … Now the thought of being given a subject to paint (not of your choosing) and being judged in an art competition puts the fear of god into me, but after hearing a little more about the event and it’s exhibition, I am considering taking the plunge and entering. I very much doubt I’ll be winning any prizes, but the open night is, so I am told, PACKED with prospective buyers … so …. watch this space !


Yesterday, I also took delivery of my first small batch of printed greeting cards … exciting !


And to finish off my weekend, my son came to visit and took me for a spin in his new car … with the roof down … weeee !!

It was lovely and sunny and lots of fun. We took a short drive up to Mermaid Pool … the views were glorious !!!



Hope you had a lovely weekend, what ever you got up to

Shuttlingsloe – My first finished painting for my graduation show

After what has been a bit of a roller coaster ride recently, I finally managed to get down to the serious business of painting for my graduation exhibition at Astound 2017 … without going into details, I have had to work extra hours at my day job and wasn’t able to start working on my pieces until 2 weeks ago.

I finally have enough materials to make a serious attempt at furthering my painting career and (hopefully) start improving.

Anyway … here are a few progress shots of Shuttlingsloe plus a source image of the location itself.


Shuttlingsloe .


40 x 50″

Composition roughly sketched in … hill, horizon and pathway.







Some rough textured underpainting is added.



After many layers of paint and texture medium, it’s finished.


Source image of Shuttlingsloe showing the path leading up to the hill itself.


Finding new inspirations, even at this late stage in my course

I love being a visual person. Learning to paint has been a pleasure from the very start. Yes, sometimes it’s heart-wrenchingly difficult, and often uncomfortable, especially when you are reticent to share your work in public and open yourself up to criticism ( yes … I know … it makes no sense to choose to be a painter !). Still, the positives FAR outweigh the negatives.

Research is a pleasure. In all my years of being a glass artist, I have always strived to plough my own furrow and pay no attention to other people’s work for fear of accidentally stepping on someone else’s toes.  College has changed all that. We are actively encouraged to research other artists, mediums  and techniques.

Letting the work of others fill my head is just wonderful ! I am (slowly) developing my voice as an artist. It doesn’t happen over night. It comes in little flashes of inspiration, or from mistakes and dark times, but it does eventually begin to develop.


Something I’ve been working on recently

In researching my latest paintings for our Astound exhibition, I have stumbled across this fabulous landscape / abstract painter from Cornwall.

His name is Steve Slimm and he’s been exhibiting since 1979 … why have I never heard of him until now ?!

I feel that he kind of ‘speaks my language’ … I love his use of colour, light and texture. Something I aspire to ! Here’s some of his work … I’m afraid there weren’t any titles on his website, so I’ll leave a link to his page and a bunch of his artworks for you to look at … gorgeous !!!

Steve Slimm

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Well Hello Again

It’s been a while … again … I am SO going to start giving this blog site some much needed attention from now on.

Well …. I can’t believe that year two of my Foundation Degree is almost over already. This course seems to be racing away and just burning up the years. It’s a bit scary if I’m honest with you !

As far as my artwork goes,  I have decided, for this final module of the year, to depart from my safe (ish) space that is painting and give another technique a try before committing to my final year. So I chose print making. Collograph print making to be precise.

We had a day’s workshop with the wonderful Mary Wardle during our first year. A collograph print is basically a print taken from a texture collage. These can be made using all sorts of materials, from fine sand to scrunched up paper. Once the print plate is dried and sealed, the ink is rubbed on, into all of the nooks and crannies made by the collage. Excess ink is then removed before the print is taken. I am still a bit hit and miss with this process, but I am learning with each print I pull from the press.

I had one proper attempt at this technique over a year ago. I enjoyed it immensely and figured I’d delve a little deeper 🙂

My first ever collograph print .


It’s not very contrasty, but I was pretty pleased with it 🙂

I am currently, frantically working on a new series of print for imminent assessment. These are all based on a local set of standing stones, Nine Stones Close, in Derbyshire.


I am limited to black and one accent colour at the moment, as my budget is very tight. This explains the lack of technicolour in my newest prints !



And I thought I’d also have a go at an abstract composition.


Assessment is on the 12th … I am still having technical issues with wrinkles appearing in my paper (eek!), so I am starting to panic a little … fingers crossed I get it all sorted and ready to exhibit in our end of year show, Astound ( coming up in a separate post)


Inspiration and thinking about monochrome ….

I had a really interesting tutorial session at college last week. Previously, I had taken a colour study and desaturated it, just to see what it would look like. I liked it …. I liked it a LOT !

See for yourself … here’s the original …

Original sketch

And here’s the desaturated sketch

Back and White

Now … I have always loved colour. I love it’s volume, depth and vibrancy, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the starkness of monochrome. After the initial shock, I do now feel that it has its own bleak beauty. And maybe a place in the market, too.

My tutor pointed me in the direction of Franz Kline. I had heard of him, but had never really looked at his work before.

Now, I don’t really ‘do’ straight lines and abrupt angles, but there is a way of working that I really like in his work.  I love the harsh black that shouts from his canvasses … it is confrontational, yet it also invites thought and contemplation ( to me, anyway).

The work of Franz Kline

He did also use colour …


So … where does this leave me ??
Buying a huge bottle of black indian ink and searching for a large canvas at which to throw it … it will be interesting if nothing else.

I do think it will also be a lot of messy fun …


Seasonal Landscape Inspirations

I love being up on the moors in early autumn. I love taking photoghraphs, too. Perfect for capturing those bits of inspiration when I don’t have a sketchbook to hand.

Abstract Landscape Art : It’s what I live for (on a god day, anyway !)

I do think that these would work well as landscape paintings …

Axe Edge Moor
Axe Edge Moor
On the Way to Buxton
On the Way to Buxton
The Blood Moon
The Blood Moon
The Roaches
The Roaches
Mermaid Pool
Mermaid Pool