My box sets of Cambridge Walkabout cards are now back on display at Urban Larder on Mill Road, Cambridge. There is also quite an extensive collection of my single Cambridge card range.
The launch of Cambridge Original Printmakers will be such a long-awaited event for Cambridge City. Forty-one Printmakers who work on hand-pulled original prints will be exhibiting alongside The Print Studio, Curwen Print Study Centre and St Barnabas Press. Many of the exhibiting Printmakers have honed their skills at their premises. I personally learnt to print at The Curwen Print Study Centre.
After completing my year-long study for the Certificate in Advanced Printmaking I took an extra class in solarplate printmaking and I fell in love with it! As an oil painter it is the process of layering paint over time that I adore and I find the technique and process of solarplate printing equally thrilling.
The dates to remember are Saturday 26 September until Sunday 5 October 2014. Doors will open all 11 each day and will close at 5 pm. Don't miss it.
The wonderful new boutique Bed & Breakfast Sayle House based in central Cambridge is now stocking a small range of my Cambridge-based greeting cards.
So while you are tucking into a sumptuous breakfast pick up a card - £2.50 each.
I am now focusing hard on producing new oil paintings and prints for forthcoming shows.
I will have a new collection of oil paintings on canvas and wood ready to be unveiled at my solo show at the Over Gallery in October, straight after the launch of the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. I am also going to work on a small exclusive range of tiny oil paintings on wood panels for the Cambridge Christmas exhibition in November. New prints will be available at my Open Studios exhibition at the Stapleford Granary and again at the Cambridge Original Printmakers show.
I have been working on some new prints recently. They are part of a new collection of smaller polymer plate etchings. Each print is from a 19cm x 19cm plate.
Isn't It About Time? is a new hand-pulled polymer plate print. Limited edition of 15.
I have three paintings on display at the Cambridge Drawing Society.
Doors open at the Guildhall in the market square in Cambridge on the 5th April and runs until the 12th April 2014. Details can be found on the Cambridge Drawing Society website.
My oil paintings take months to complete. I will often have five paintings that I work on simultaneously. It is not a process that I can hurry and in the winter months the process is even slower as the dampness in the air means I have to wait even longer for paint to dry. While I wait I will work on plates for my relief print ranges.
My colours are much softer so far this year. I think this reflects my wistful mood and the soft light that we have at the moment.
There's Always Light, oil on wood panel.
Soundless, oil on wood panel.
I have a busy year ahead of me which is all very exciting. Having started the year at the BluePrint exhibition I am now hard at work back in the studio preparing for some great 2014 shows.
In April I will be taking part in a Seaside exhibition at the Haddenham Galleries and then again in a mixed summer exhibition.
In July I will be taking part in my sixth Cambridge Open Studios but this time I have been invited to exhibit at the wonderful Stapleford Granary at the ACE Foundation. I will be exhibiting a collection of prints and cards at this exhibition.
Then it all hots up again for September. I am one of the three founders of the Cambridge Original Printmakers - a new exhibiting group showcasing 40 Printmakers based within 35 miles of Cambridge City, and the three Print Houses that Cambridge is lucky enough to have on its doorstep. We have also organised talks and demonstrations during the 10 day exhibition. Follow the Cambridge Original Printmakers website for details.
For October it will be my long-awaited solo show at the Over Gallery. New large oil paintings will be revealed.
In November I will be at the number one venue to buy unique Christmas presents as voted by the Cambridge Evening News - the Cambridge Christmas show is on Monday 24 November 2014.
I also have commissions to work on in between shows this year too so I better stop now and get back to the studio....
The Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishops Stortford College is on the left as you drive into the school gates. There is parking (marked P on the map) and also a few spaces behind the gallery (marked arts facilities on the school map shown below).
You can contact me on my mobile if you have problems finding us - 07765 563908.
Here is another map highlighting the location of the school itself. The college is listed here as 'college reception'. Then follow the directions to the gallery above.
The Walter Strachen Gallery - Arts Facility - Bishops Stortford College