Creative Greenhouse Exhibition at Rufford Country Park

Well, here goes. I handed my work in on Friday, exhausted from too many late nights toiling over my work bench. If it wasn’t for the 59th minute of the 11th hour and all that…. I thought I had given myself enough time and had planned in the time to let the prints dry…I just did it. I think the work is good enough but as soon as I handed it in the doubts crept in and I couldn’t help but think that I could have done better. Guess that’s par for the course though. And thank god I don’t actually have to make a living from this just yet. I have a long way to go but we all have to start somewhere.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say, so I will go to the private view on Sunday and see what it looks like and if I stand up to the competition alright.
I had hoped to do 3 groups of 3 themes but ended up with three of two and one of one.

These are the three from photos of my mother from the 50’s – seems I was channelling Jack Potter but didn’t realise it.

Then for something completely different – I have a love of pylons….don’t ask me why, I have no idea…but decided to ‘do’ some –

And then, the one on it’s own is of Grasmere in the Lake District. I had wanted to do two more in this series but time vanished beneath my feet, or hands –


The Creative Greenhouse exhibition is on from the 19th November to the 29th December 2013Rufford Country Park / Creative Greenhouse 

So, that’s it and now I am left wondering what to do with myself. I do have the opportunity to do some work for another gallery for a christmas fair but I only have one week to do it in. It is commission free too…hmmm, better get on with it then….


  1. Love ’em, Nancy. You so caught a whole era there with your mom – and as someone artistically challenged, I’m kind of awed the way you did it. I mean – and I’m not sure of the language for this – but it’s not incredibly detailed, and there’s not a myriad of color. You just caught in a way that makes it look simple, beautiful and effortless, though I am sure “effortless” it was not. And I do love the colors. Makes me wish she was my mom, and I was back in time with her. Which is to say I wish I had an innocence to rest on someone else’s shoulders.

    How sweet and lonely that last is; and peaceful. Again, the colors. Let us know how you do. And no matter what, you’re terrific. I understand the competition thing, because I send out essays and I have to remind myself I’m a good writer no matter what, and I write from need.

    Of course, making money would be a good thing, too. ;o)


  2. Thank you for your lovely comments Denise!
    I wanted to keep them looking simple, but colourful, like the illustrations from the 1950’s. But as we all know, the simplest things are the hardest to do! These took quite a lot of time to carve the blocks then to make sure they registered ok… I think I’ll stick to a different method next time!
    The exhibition is opening tomorrow so fingers crossed that someone likes them enough to but them! ;o)


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