Details of available woodcuts

In response to various requests, I've put a new section on my main site under Gallery / Work Available showing a selection of my limited edition prints available for purchase, including dimensions and prices.

This one, Green Annihilation (Bank Terrace) is 30 cm x 23 cm, is a hand tinted woodcut and costs £90.
I was pleased to see it used on the poster for The Art of Printmaking exhibition at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley until 2nd November.

For anyone wondering about the strange title, it comes from Metaphysical Poet Andrew Marvell's 'The Garden' - "Annihilating all that's made, To a green thought in a green shade."

My Main Site

I've had my website with Moonfruit since 2007 and generally been pleased with its performance over the years.

The only major worry has been it being a Flash based site. Of course this is what made it so easy to build - no need to use any html code - just drag and drop text boxes and pictures, simple. But some people were definitely put off by needing to download and update Flash Player.

And then Apple completely ruined things by rejecting Flash for iPhone and iPad, meaning my carefully designed site has always looked ghastly and illogical on mobile devices.

Now Moonfruit have made it possible to migrate my site over to html5 so it should work properly on mobiles etc. It looks fine on my iPad but can people let me know if it looks weird anywhere else.

In the meantime, I'll be gradually making some changes to the site and putting new work on.

The story of Stone Rosie Part 1

At the end of April, before big Stone Rosie was delivered, a small parcel arrived...

... containing a very sweet, small white elephant, 20 cm high, resting on a bed of bright pink foam chunks, primed and ready to be painted with the intricate design I blithely submitted to Elephant Parade earlier in the year.

So after a brief exploration of my house and a quick trip outdoors to see the dandelions in the garden...

... the painting began.  It has to be said, when I first had the idea of decorating the elephant with the Rose and Heart stained-glass windows from York Minster as seen from the inside looking out,  I thought it would be just the big one. I never imagined the design scaled down to this size...

... and wondered if I could actually do it, especially as after a few days my eyes seemed to be going crossed with all the very close peering at the tip of a number 1 sable brush, whilst the kitchen table disappeared under the piles of painting paraphernalia.

But slowly, pane by pane, the little tinker gained her decorations, side to side, front and back, rosy cheeks, golden toenails and heavenly blue eyes, till she was revealed in all her jewel like glory.

I always knew that one day I would have to send Mini Rosie away. She was bound for Thailand where a team of dedicated Elephant Parade artists would replicate her to raise funds to ensure real life Asian Elephants continue to exist.  In the meantime though ...

... it seemed only fair to take Mini Rosie on a trip up the hill to the painting studio at Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town, where her big sister had recently been installed amidst much commotion, and where she could experience the lustrous effects of light glowing through stained glass, the very medium that had inspired her creation!

But alas the day of parting finally came. Resplendent Rosie bade a fond farewell to the botanical delights of Spring Grove...

... shed a pearl-like tear of elephantine sorrow, 

retired to her bed of pink foam chunks in the cardboard chamber, 

And disappeared for ever.

Woodcuts at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley

I am taking part in this Printmakingonline exhibition and am showing some of my woodcuts.
I've never been to the Cooper Gallery but hope to get down there to see this as it will be an excellent show with lots of variety and different skills being showcased.

The busiest Spring and Summer

I've had such a busy time since March having moved into a new, additional studio (not leaving the old one) designed and decorated 2 elephants, one tiny, one large, shown work at 3 galleries and been Featured Artist at Spirals in Hebden Bridge, as well as creating the website for Hebden Bridge Open Studios and then participating in the event.  I'm sure there were other things too that I can't even remember in the mayhem... oh yes, setting up a mini shop on Big Cartel  and making a Facebook page.

So its great to find a bit of (temporary) peace to get back to blogging, I've missed the reflecting and evaluating that creating these posts entails.  Its raining now so there's not even the great outdoors to tempt me away from the Mac, only the photographic reminders of a wonderful week of coastal walking on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales based in a National Trust Cottage Tan y Bwlch overlooking Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth Bay).

This photo by Mike Henton