Final (duck) leg of work for my exhibition

I still have six more prints to do for my exhibition and here is the progress of the first three of those. A white duck, a Tufted duck and a tree and water scene from the Lake District. There’s another Lake District one to do and two small flower based images…all before the 4th June. Oh how my hand and back are aching! I love doing this though, so when I’m in ‘flow’ I really don’t notice at all. Mixing the right colours has proved to be a, shall we say, challenge, and can take easily half an hour alone. Its all coming together nicely though and I have a stack of framed prints ready and waiting to be taken to the gallery.

The first two stages of the White duck:


The first two stages of the Tufted Duck, can you see him starting to appear?

And the first two stages of the Lake District scene. This one I am doing dark to light, as I did my snow scene prints a while ago. It gives more depth to the colours for some images, although mixing the right colour can be a very time consuming process! This one will look very different when it’s finished.

Apologies for the colour representation! These are too big to scan and the light here is variable to say the least, darn English weather!  I’ll post some better photos of the finished prints when they are done.

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….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie




Langdale Valley, Lake District


On Christmas morning 2005, we woke up to this eerie mist hanging over the village. It was quite creepy but also made me think of Narnia. It hovered over the village all day and made christmas day seem really magical.