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iPhone images

23 October 2021

feather ATC
feather behind the scenes

The feather (duck, I assume) caught my eye in the park whilst walking the dog. The pattern and alignment of the bars within the vane appealed to me. I wanted a soft look for the images so used the Hipsatmatic phone app, choosing a soft focus effect lens. I also had a play around with some double exposures and printed out a few at trading card size as an experiment, but in the end couldn’t bring myself to slice off the borders.

Artist trading card

22 October 2021

trading card
trading card

A mini-stripey in trading card format ready to trade with an artist who visited the studio earlier this week and was telling me about them. From

“Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art created on 2.5 x 3.5 inch card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. Anybody can produce them.The idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards. It is important that you meet other people in person to trade – i.e. it is ok to trade by mail or to participate in editions but the main purpose of this performance is the trading session and the personal meeting.”

With the smaller size I’ve cut the strips narrower to get a decent number across the width. The finished card is next to a ‘normal’ sized piece for comparison.

Looking up

19 October 2021

autumn leaves

Autumn leaves on the veranda roof.


19 October 2021

collaborative project

Fellow artist Anne Guest and I collaborate on various projects from time to time. However, all our projects have stalled a bit and so we thought we’d play our Instagram ‘tit-for-tat’ alternative posting game once again! There are no rules other than we take it in turns to post an image in response to the previous one. It’s daft, silly and has no real merit other than it makes us think a bit creatively and occasionally makes us chuckle and so in that respect is well worth doing. You can follow along on Instagram or have a look at our website for more serious work.

Just doodling

15 October 2021

RN-2021-10-15 16.11.18

The beauty of being at the studio is that it allows time and opportunity (if not always the space) to experiment. This is acrylic marker and ink on top of an old painting that never got cut up into strips. It is really just doodling…

‘projection’ – original abstract artwork

13 October 2021

'projection' – original abstract artwork
'projection' – original abstract artwork

‘projection’ – a series of four panels depicting the projected rise in global temperature. Each panel represents a 50 year timespan starting from 1900.

Paper on acrylic on board, each approx 6x8in on bevel cut recycled plywood, 2021. Original artwork £200

Based on a graph produced by the University of Maryland using figures from Multiple Global Circulation Models (GCMs) with a range from 1900 to 2100. Each GCM is developed independently and together they predict between 2º and 5ºC warming over the next 100 years.

Weighty tomes

12 October 2021

weighty tomes

Imagine being a weighty tome with lots of knowledge and information to pass on to the reader and your sole purpose in life is just to help stick things down…

Gallery wall

10 October 2021

gallery wall

I’ve taken some advice on the presentation of my work from a visiting curator. The main gallery now concentrates on stripey artwork rather than a mix with photographs as well. I’ve also added a name plate. The intention is to have a swap around on a fairly regular basis so I need to start thinking about a collection of photos to go up next.

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