On Monday 26 November at the Cambridge Christmas show I launched a new collection of boxed greeting cards.
The Cambridge Evening News ran an article today on the top ten events to shop at for Christmas presents. The Cambridge Christmas show came in at number one! The show has come a long way since the first one at my house in 2008. Some people still ask me why I still run the event each year, particularly as I decided not to exhibit for the past two years and I just managed it instead. The simple answer is that it it is a lot of fun! Yes it is crazy and hard work for a one day event but it is a great way to meet up with fellow exhibitors and chat with customers over a glass of mulled cider. And of course I get to gawp at the wonderful things that everyone has made during the past year.
This year I am debuting my series of boxed greeting cards. There are four to choose from. I will also have some framed prints and prints in my browser. Come and take a look at my new work. It is very different from my oil paintings and I would love to see what you think about it. Hope to see you there.
Cambridge Walkabout is a box set of 8 different greeting cards all wrapped up in a gorgeous reusable hard-cased box.
We currently live in the age of social media. Sending a card or letter is something many of us have lost touch in doing. I decided earlier this year to create a series of boxed sets of greeting cards under the heading of 'Make Someone's Day - send a card!
Having just returned today from a funeral of someone I knew who took his own life it has reiterated the belief that I have done the right thing in creating this series. So go on - make someone's day and buy one of my new boxed sets and send them to those you love or have just lost touch with and you want to say hello to:-)
More information of the other sets will follow.
Out Of The Picture, Resting and Patience are three prints that are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art. You will find them in the browser. CCA are based in Trinity St in central Cambridge. It is a wonderful gallery so pop along and take a look.
Fleeting and Inevitability
I have been concentrating on printmaking for several months now but today I have finished two paintings that will first be shown at an exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts on 4 December 2013. These paintings were started back in April 2013 so it is nice to finally finish them. I think that having worked with my solar plate prints for many months now, where my style is more graphic my painting technique has changed.
Fleeting, oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Inevitability, oil on wood panel 33.5 x 43.5 cm.
I'm thrilled to be exhibiting this year at the Cambridge Christmas show after having a show break for the past two years (you would have found me at the front door instead:-)
I will be launching a new range of 4 boxed sets of greeting cards. You can also purchase prints directly from from my browser, all wrapped up ready to open on Christmas Day!
More information and photos will follow...
These three prints are exclusive to CCA.
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.
The show is ready and waiting. New prints, new boxed greeting cards, new oils on canvas. Come along and take a look. I am open from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 and Sundays 14/21 July. I am looking forward to the feedback on the new prints.
It looks like the weekend is going to be sunny too so you can enjoy a glass of elderflower juice in the garden.
The City and Beyond
One of my favourite quotes is by Andy Warhol - “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
So this is what I've been doing. Since my last Cambridge Open Studios in 2011 I have been busy exhibiting my landscape oil paintings, completing a year-long certificate of Advanced Printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre, challenging myself physically with a trek in the Sahara, and visiting some of my favourite cities in the world for inspiration. And of course, then returning to the studio to produce the work.
Since learning how to print with polymer plates, an exciting fine art original printing technique that I have fallen in love with, my head is full of new possibilities. The start of my collection based on Cambridge City uses this technique and they will be on display at my Open Studios. I also have a body of landscape oil paintings on wood and canvas too. You will also find hand-pulled and printed greeting cards, including the launch of my new collection of boxed cards, etchings on perspex, unframed prints and a few original oils on paper in the browsers.
I will be opening my studio and gallery space at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge CB4 2BQ from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 July and Sundays 14/21 July. Elderflower juice, coffee, teas and biscuits will be served. I will also be around during the week in between the Open Studio weekends, so if you would like to come outside of these times then email email@example.com or call or text me at 07765 563908.
I can now accept both credit and debit cards during the Open Studios exhibition.
Resting. Polymer plate print with chine collé.