Tufted duck and white goose – progress so far

Oh how I do seem to like to challenge myself! If I ever do water again it will be a completely flat and calm mill pond… For this Tufted Duck the majority of the work is in the water, not the little ducky himself (or herself). There are four layers already and probably another four to go.

Then my white goose (I’m sure there is a proper name for him, I will find out!) with 5 colours so far, and again, probably at least another four to go.

Better get on then, got thank in for my exhibition next Thursday, and I’ve got another three prints to do before that!!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

We went on yet another lovely walk around Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire this weekend, amidst the intermittent rain and hail showers, interspersed with sunshine. Swans always offer great photo opportunities for impressive yet painterly reflections in the water.

I love this place. We just take the dog and ourselves, no mobile phones, just the camera and waterproof clothing… I love seeing the bright blue sky reflected in the water.

This one is from the same place last year…with my dog in the bottom of the picture making ripples.


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….