158‐6478 redwing on rowan garden, bristol monotype 23 x 31 cms
158‐6477 redwing on rowan garden, bristol monotype 23 x 31 cms
Making small monoprints in preparations for getting more birds into a tree.
158‐6474 redwings on rowan garden, bristol gouache 29.7 x 21 cms (A4)
158‐6475 redwings on rowan garden, bristol gouache 29.7 x 21 cms (A4)
Able to watch redwings on the rowan by straining my neck out of studio window. Making a series of sketches from memory… more watching and repeating the process.. moving onto gouache.
158‐6473 fieldfares in ash woodcut 20 x 25 cms £95
Editioning this print cut back in January.
101‐6468 waterfowl bristol reservoirs gouache 21 x 14.5 cms (A5)
More gouache studies.
125‐6462 goldfinches in alder gouache 29.7 x 21 cms (A4)
Return to the simplicity of gouache painting working from memories of recent watching of goldfinches in alder at the reservoir and feeding on lavender seeds on the allotments.
125‐6467 goldfinches on lavender garden, bristol gouache 29.7 x 21 cms (A4)
101‐6458 wet meadow & goldfinch bristol reservoirs ink pen A5 sketchbook
Wanting to just be out and occupying/observing a different space. Strange how what seems to be the order of the day changes. Recently I was all for permanent marker and investigating the bulks of ducks and herons… today scratching away with ink pen tentatively pondering how to depict bigger space.
Really wanting to be able to describe the sunlit colours on the last day of november. Leaf colours that I would have marked down as being more of October. Field maples seem to be clinging to most of their indian yellow leaves.
33‐6457 meadow fringe & digger bristol reservoirs ink pen A5 sketchbook
They’ve been clearing at the edge of the bay, smell of woodsmoke where they’ve burnt the chopped willows. Reeds now pale smoke topped with peppery seed husks.
33‐6456 meadow fringe, alder & willow bristol reservoirs ink pen A5 sketchbook
Tits and goldcrests in the oak canopy.. rich yellows against a bleached blue sky… a treecreeper dropping and flattening itself against the trunk right next to me. Distant enough to allow telescope focus, legs splayed so that I couldn’t see how it was holding on. It was looking up warily and its whole posture was as if it wanted to disappear. A bird of prey somewhere overhead I guess.
101‐6455 treecreeper & oak bristol reservoirs ink pen A5 sketchbook
Long tailed tits at the end of the day animating the flecks and fizzes of the leaf colour.
101‐6454 long-tailed tits bristol reservoirs ink pen A5 sketchbook
189‐6466 Fox sleeping monotype 14.5 x 21 cms (A5) £50
Editioning this image from earlier in the year that was featured in the ‘SWLA Artbook 1
‘ published by the Society to raise funds for the bursary scheme.
maybe 100 redwings up on the allotments.. … lots of goldfinches… smaller numbers of green & chaffinches, both mistle and several song thrushes, 1 or 2 fieldfares… 2 blackcaps..Lots of seeds and berries up there for them. The blackcaps sticking to a grape arbour.
Returning to the images about ‘what I’m doing’ which I tried to keep up for a while as a discipline. The feeling of drawing something directly felt… ‘from inside’ rather than something looked at from the outside makes for a different kind of image it seems…
teal & little egret mixed media 70 x 50 cms
Most of the week on different versions of this print… Teaching or re-teaching myself about different possibilities of playing with one set of blocks…
Initially cutting the teal from quick painted/stencilled images onto the woodblock…. Slightly arbitrarily joining on the little egret as one of the things glimpsed out of corner of the eye whilst watching the teal a week ago.
This version of the print is using acrylic underpainting… then a monoprinted all over layer getting the yellow and white to shine out from murky november grey.
Then the woodblocks.