Studio Journal — a visual diary of sorts, documenting studio life and work in progress since moving into my studio at Yew Trees in August 2020. You can receive a summary of these posts in your inbox once a month by signing up to my newsletter.

Studio collaboration

3 June 2021

studio collaboration

Sue, Dan and I have started a collaborative piece at the studio. Starting off with one of Dan’s old boards, we’ve been taking it in turns to add parts to the composition, or in Dan’s case, obliterate what’s been added before. These are the first six cycles of creativity, we’ll see where it goes…

Dream close-up

29 May 2021

dream close-up

A close up photo of ‘Dream’ although looking at all those scratches it’s more nightmare-like. I seem to be quite violent in my mark making…⁠


27 May 2021

studio with veranda

Our veranda is now complete after a few days of construction and very good it looks too. It’s a little dimmer inside but not really that noticeable and on the plus side the light gets diffused so it’s not so squinty when the sun is high up. And, of course, it’s now possible to pace up and down the decking in all weathers! You can see a similar angled before picture and play spot the difference.

Studio reshuffle

22 May 2021

studio reshuffle

I sold a print today (yay!) and that prompted a complete reshuffle of work up in my studio and in the corridor, including the three pieces on the left in what was a blank bit of wall space between the windows.⁠

Completed but untitled

19 May 2021

Completed but untitled

Not sure about a title for this one just yet. I think it’s because the smaller pieces aren’t as intensive to make and so there’s less mulling time whilst making them. Current thoughts are ‘shift’ or ‘cascade’ which are a bit obvious, more pondering required…

Inbetween the showers

18 May 2021

Inbetween the showers

When it’s fine at the studio we’re able to throw open the doors (temperature withstanding), put out pictures and wheel out the greetings card carousel. However, if it starts to rain it’s a mad dash to get everything in. We’re having a veranda style cover built over the decking in front of the studios starting next week. It’ll have a transparent roof which will make us a bit more weatherproof and is sure to make a big difference to the place.

Work in progress – trying out a new method

15 May 2021

Another new piece on the go. I’m trying out double width strips, these are about 10mm wide, cut into sections and shifted slightly. So, on the right we have the colour scheme (with some strips of iridescent bling mingled in…) then the work in progress piece shows the first two rows in place with the second row shifted one place to the right. I’m thinking that the next row shifts back left to bring the strips back into line, then we’ll see where it goes…

⁠I’m already liking the random patterns that are appearing where colour flows between the verticals where the same strip overlaps, and also those distinct boundaries where the strip falls short. I do love a bit of serendipity…

New greetings cards

14 May 2021

art greetings cards

Spring flowers, summer scenes from Pitchcroft racecourse, some new seedheads and a couple of stripey abstracts. The forget-me-nots against the ceramic pot are going well already, I may have to reorder some more of those quite soon.

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