Tomorrow I will be featuring on the Cambridge 105 Arts Roundup programme. If you listen between 2 - 3 pm you will find me talking to Simon Bertin about my paintings at Addenbrooke's Hospital and also about why I started the Cambridge Christmas exhibition, now in it's sixth year!
Okay, so yes, I have just finished the Oxford University show - (pictures will follow soon) but I had already started on my new collection a few weeks ago - Friendship Cups.
There are four prints to choose from. Here are few colourways of the first two. I would love some feedback as it really is something completely new for me.
Some of the work incorporates some of my own favourite cups. My friends will recognise them I'm sure.
Time For Tea!
First Coffee Of The Day.
On Friday 20th September at Green Templeton College, Oxford University I will be exhibiting a brand new collection of solar plate prints with my Printmaking Group - the Purple Printmakers. The collection is called A Tale Of Two Cities and based on the historic cities of Cambridge and Oxford.
It is always nerve-wracking when you launch a new collection so I am looking forward to the feedback on Friday night.
Doors open at 7 pm on the 20th and although the college will be closed to the public on Saturday 21 Sept for the alumni day we will be around on Sunday 22nd from 10 am until noon.
The Stable Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 6HG.
Bridges hold a certain fascination for me. Whatever the shape, size or material used I marvel at the construction and always wonder where on earth an engineer would start in designing one of them.
While I have been at work during the last nine months building my solar plate print collection 'A Tale Of Two Cities', three bridges have held my attention. Albeit the first one mentioned here is in Venice, not in either Cambridge or Oxford where A Tale Of Two Cities is set but I couldn't resist completing a plate on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. It was hard to ignore.
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace and was built in 1602.
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge belonging to St John's College of Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (actual name is Hertford Bridge) is referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The bridge was completed in 1914.
The name - Bridge Of Sighs in Venice, was given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, and comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality little could be seen from the very small windows due to the stone grills covering the windows.
Printmaking Revealed Exhibition
An exhibition of fine art printmaking by the Purple Printmakers (Nina Sage, Sherry Rea, Jo Tunmer, Tania Durrant and Lesley Corbett) is coming to Oxford.
Stables Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HG.
The Launch Exhibition Events will be on Friday 20th September from 7pm - midnight and Sunday 22nd September from 10 am - noon. The artists will be on hand during these times and will be delighted to discuss their work and demonstrate techniques.
The exhibition will then continue until 22 October 2013. It will include a wide range of printmaking techniques from the traditional, such as etching, to the cutting edge, such as solar plate. Examples of linocuts, collagraphs and monoprints will be displayed, as well as some works with plates from which they came.
After the launch weekend the exhibition will be in the Stables Gallery at Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 6HG from the 22nd Sept, 2013 during normal college hours until 22 October 2013.
I am currently working on some new solar plates for my next show with The Purple Printmakers at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
All the Purple Printmakers will be there for the whole alumni weekend 20 - 22 September and the exhibition continues until 29 September 2013.
I have had this wood panel sitting on my easel for a few months now. I can't decide what it needs, or is it finished? Still pondering on it!
Today, Sunday 21 July is my last day of Open Studios. Pimms will be out from 4.30 pm.
The first person who arrives today and tells me they saw my blog entry about the launch of my new pack of greeting cards wins one!
Doors open today at 11 am. Closing at 6 and then open for the last day tomorrow - 11 - 6 pm. Pimms will be out nearer the end of each day.
This week has seen the launch of my new range of a boxed set of 8 greeting cards. If you like bikes, punts and Cambridge then you'll love them. They have flown out the door and you won't find them anywhere else except at my next Open Studio weekend 20/21 July. Yes, that's this weekend!
The first person who arrives at my Open Studio at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge, on Saturday 20th July to say that they have seen this blog entry on my website wins a box! Doors open at 11 am.
Currently retailing at £11.00.