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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Seven More Feb Sketches & some Good News!

I am putting together a few sample “books'” to show on Sunday at Barnesdale for the Illustrated Garden Workshops. They are a bit rough and ready but more about ideas than anything else.

Here are more of of my sketches for the  “What I saw in February”  book. They are also my daily drawing practice. They are fun to do.

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Old chard leaves gives some colour in the snowy garden. Birds are tossed on the sleety cold wind.

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Vincas are flowering by the front door and fieldfares paid us a visit in the snow.

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The wood pigeon pecks about under the birdfeeder, it sometimes rains seed from above and there was a slender waning moon the other night

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And snowdrops, not mine but from Easton last year.. I will be there next week for the first time this year, for the snowdrop celebration and to meet up with the group.  I can’t wait to get started again.

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The full set, 14 pages, and made into a swatch book.

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Good News! Artist in Residence, Grafham Water

It’s always very nice to announce something on an auspicious day and what better day then Valentine’s Day. Starting officially in April, I will be “Artist in Residence” at Grafham Water for a year. A wonderful chance to do a body of work about this lovely area, hold painting and drawing workshops and get to know much more of the ins and outs of the reservoir and its surroundings. I will be keeping another blog to record progress…and… Ta da!… resurrecting Leaf of the Day”.

I had decorated this paper today as cover paper for one of the books and decided to add a lino cut of 2 willow leaves in celebration and in eager anticipation of more leafy images. I loved doing the Leaf of the Day posts back in 2008. I look back and can’t quite believe I drew and researched so many plants.  This time they will be a variety of techniques as I learn to become a hopefully competent printmaker and instead of the steamy paths of Leu Gardens in Florida, will be a record of cool leafy woodlands of middle England. I may not find anything as exotic as the dancing Telegraph Plant or the Midnight Horror Tree but it will be just as fascinating. So here as a prelude are two leaves of the lovely willows which line the water of the reservoir.

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Willow, #1 Leaf, Grafham 14th Feb 2013  

More about the project next week…:)

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