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Drypoint & Monoprint workshops

I’m doing a couple of workshops during the annual Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at the Mall galleries, London.  The first will be assisting Bruce Pearson on a Drypoint course on the 2nd November.
Then on the 9th November a Monoprint course with Kim Atkinson.

drypoint_1Drypoint – With Bruce Pearson and Greg Poole
Sunday 2nd November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique where lines and a variety of other marks are incised (scratched) into the surface of a printing plate which is then inked and wiped and an impression taken on dampened paper
Using sharp steel points, sandpaper, glue and carborundum powder to create a range of soft subtle lines, deeper more velvety burred-edged lines, and roughening and changing the texture of the thin plastic plate surface to add tonal variety, we will explore as much as we can of this expressive and exciting drawing medium.
Please bring an idea, a sketchy thought or a drawing to start the creative process on the day, and wearing an apron or old clothes is advisable.  Materials will be supplied, (plates, ink, scrim, paper, drypoint tools).
Cost £60 (including a £10 charge for materials)
8 places available
To book a place please mail

with Greg Poole & Kim Atkinson
Sunday 9th November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Monoprinting has the essence of most other forms of printmaking. It is about different ways of applying and removing ink from a block (we’ll be using perspex) which is then printed onto paper. We’ll be playing with as many approaches as we can manage in a day. This is hands on and is likely to be a bit messy. An apron, or old clothes advisable.
Limited to only 8 participants. Materials provided. Cost £50.

Workshops are sponsored by Intaglio printmaker of London

To book a place please mail

Muchelney pottery exhibition

Muchelney pottery have produced a nice looking invitation for upcoming exhibition. If you’d like a hard copy please contact the gallery or me directly … otherwise it would be good to see you there.




garden & pond

214‐6892 pond frogs    

Not wanting to deviate from focus on Senegal studio work but I do want to get better at posting nature notes… especially once my mini meadow gets going. First UK butterfly for me last w/e. A comma sunning at the end of the garden on Sunday.
Pipistrelle bats were out on tuesday evening… saw something flit by at last light that didn’t look like a bird and went out to check with bat detector…
Frogs started to appear in the pond at the w/e and were up to at least 10 yesterday. Today the first patches of spawn.
Lots of bird song at extremes of day, wren, song thrush (these usually disappear before doing any nesting) and slightly subdued blackbird. A male blackcap has been a regular at the bird table for a few weeks, haven’t noticed him singing yet. Last winter there was a brown headed bird around for months. They seem much more catholic in their tastes nowadays…taking chunks of bread off to a bush to chew on.
Turned colder again now but definitely feels springy.

To view all SENEGAL FIELDWORK consecutively please click on this link. I’ll start another ‘category’ for studio work… choose from ‘categories in sidebar.

Djoudj Gainthe pond

afternoon here after morning by roadside with turtle doves …  warthogs up to their shoulders in water grazing on lotus. Night Herons hidden away in fringe of tararisks and acacias.Squaccos emerging. Purple heron, great white and little egret gathering around hog.
Black rail clambering over submerged roots. red legs , yellow bill. laat seen in South Africa under splattering hippo.

Djoudj National Park – Grand Lac

Drive to Grand Lac. Less divers birds than yesterday but huge numbers. mostly pintail and whistling duck. Marsh harriers putting up massive flocks. Later a peregrine plunging into them . Sand martins accumulating as sun lowered. Honeyed… flickering of their wings seeming to take on the rhythm of the whistling duck calls. Huge flock of flamingos coming in , several thousand.
Waders along the edge, ones and twos of odd species, ruff, marsh & wood sandpiper, ringed plover, spotted redshank, not sure of calidrids. Over the flamingos whiskered type terns. Looking away from the water the wind making mini sandstorms, yellow wagtails and ringed plover hiding behind bushes or micro dunes.

St Louis/Langue de Barbarie

Not far outside St Louis on the road to Langue de Barbarie. The bridge that we stopped at less than 2 days ago. This morning a huge throng of pelicans on the other side of the road, close in. Opting to sketch the wealth of species and the boat on the other side.
The mud with puddles wriggling over it. mass of wading birds.  A chequerboard of young ringed plovers.  little stint, curlew sandpiper, sanderling, greenshank and grey plover .whimbrel.
the shrine man and koran chanter…..
warm sand cement of houses. big arc of warm mauve/brown mud. pocks of soft blue water filling with the rising tide.
2 men wait in boat for water to rise. sacky canvas patched sail.
Gull billed tern, long tailed cormorants, grey heron, dark reef herons, white egrets, spoonbills, pelicans…


St Louis

End of long day viewing the senegal river from hotel balcony… Starting to be able to better articulate the people after picking from the stream of models crossing the Pont Faidherbe.
Birds gathering on the mud as tide drops. not masses of activity on the rise or fall but seemed like pelicans came in when rising and later there were spirals of them over the other side.
gulls mixed the majority black headed and then slender-billed and grey-headed in smaller numbers.

somerset levels flooding

134‐6751 lapwings & golden plover somerset levels ink pen A5 sketchbook 
After dropping my niece off at her new house in Wells I spent the end of the afternoon at Greylake … knowing that it was mostly under water but thought it might be interesting. . just the tops of bunds above water (often only lines of straw coloured vegetation marking them).. gates and fences and odd trees rising above the flood.

On the grassy higher bunds masses of lapwing and golden plover huddled.. flighty, and at the edges starlings and winter thrushes looking for creatures forced to the margins  or maybe chaff washed up.
My sketches  are cyphers for the 100’s and thousands of birds that were actually on these islets. I reckon around a 1000 golden plover across the marshes… not sure about lapwing. Towards last light the ground became covered with a writhing carpet of starlings, covering what ground there was. Seemed like some last minute, wash & brushup, come snack, come drink before bedtime.  The lapwings like face painted pebbles amongst a sea of chittering starlings.

134‐6750 lapwings & golden plover somerset levels ink pen A5 sketchbook 

134‐6749 lapwings, golden plover & starlings somerset levels ink pen A5 sketchbook 

redwings on holly

redwings on holly

Little nature watching over the christmas/New year time… the redwings still around though. Wishing all visitors to this site all best for 2014.