Yellow Tulips – work in progress

This is a sort of companion piece to my Renewal print, and I still don’t know what I am going to call it. They are actually dying tulips, but I’m not sure I want to call this ‘death’ (!). Something will come to mind I’m sure, and if not, then I’ll have a shufty through my thesaurus.
I’m printing this in the same way, starting out with a solid dark background before cutting out the areas to end with the lightest colour last. Well, that’s the plan, but I do often go dark, light, dark again, then lighter. There are no rules!

Here are the process photos so far. The next step is to cut out the leaves then do an orangey yellow, then a brighter yellow on the flowers.

neo:printprize exhibition

So happy to get notification that both my prints have been accepted into this year’s neo:printprize at the neo:gallery in Bolton.

The exhibition will be on from 25th August to 30th October 2016 – at neo:gallery 27, Market Place, Bolton.

I was beginning to give up hope of getting into any exhibition this year, although I was surprised to get past the second round for the Royal Academy summer exhibition, even though I didn’t make the final cut. Not going to let it get me down though, I’ve got too much to do for my christmas fairs, so I better get a wriggle on…

A memory of Venice in a mini print

Here’s my little print for this year’s International Print Exchange, run by Derby printmakers Green Door Printmaking Studios.

Participants send an edition of ten original prints to them, the studio keeps two, (one for sale and one for the archives), and everyone participating receives 8 back from printmakers all over the world. It’s such a lovely thing to do, albeit challenging because of the small size, 10 x 10cm. I definitely need new specs now.

I made this to remind me of our trip to Venice this year for my birthday.

A little print, for a very big birthday.

Roll up, roll up……all the fun of the (print) fairs

And on to this weekend. I will have a stand at Sheffield Print Fair, at the Millennium Gallery. I am so excited and a teeny bit nervous into the bargain. Some of my favourite printmakers will be there and it will be lovely to meet them, while wondering what on earth I am doing there! Well, they did let me in…

SPF LOGO final

I had a lovely time last Saturday at Dot Spread Print Fair in Leeds. It was probably the most low budget fair I have done, and the first one in a room off a bar where bands play, but I managed to make some good sales so it was certainly worth it! Everyone was lovely and they had a DJ playing awesome music, with real vinyl…you know, those round black things with grooves where sound comes out of. I confess that I danced quite a lot of the day. I made a little video and you can see it here.