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….

Work in progress for Open Exhibition at Rufford Abbey

Well…here goes – this is just one of the three images I am doing in this theme for the exhibition in November. I always find it so interesting to see what the carved block looks like (pretty strange and hacked at I usually think!) compared to the print it makes.
These photos are my first proofs to see if I have carved accurately and if they register correctly. This has taken me so much longer than my usual prints because I have preferred to use the reduction technique before. I’ve got to leave this one alone now or I will fiddle, fiddle fiddle, then end up chipping off a really important bit, prompting me to swear like the proverbial sailor…. This isn’t the finished colourway either, that will be another night of umming and ahhing, oh joy.
The image is from a photo of my mother that was taken in the 1950’s and the other two prints in this series are from the same ‘shoot’. The originals are in black and white so I wanted to make these images colourful like the typical illustrations of the era.

Apart from these particular images I need to make at least another 10+ for the exhibition. Should I continue in the theme of effectively ‘re-colouring’ family photos (I have some ides on that) or should I show other subject matter that I am interested in? This is my first exhibition and I am a ‘newbie’ at this, so am ever so slightly clueless… any thoughts would be most welcome!


Please excuse the darkness of the photos, I will scan the final images when they are done.