A warm invitation to Cadeleigh Christmas Fair

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I invite you to this special event run by myself and five other talented craftswomen and artists. We have pottery, colourful ceramics, glittering glass, soft woven textiles, lively paintings and my nature inspired prints and cards. If you are looking for unique and 100% handmade gifts, Cadeleigh Christmas Fair is the place to find them. We are also serving tea, cake and soup so that you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

A church yard scene

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The Yew tree and the Church, size 40x30cm, linocut 2018

The tree has been a huge inspiration for me since I was a child and now when I choose a scene they are often the main focus. This new print has a Yew tree, last month the Beech tree and before that an Ash by the riverside. I would love to illustrate a book for children or adults where trees are the central inspiration or characters, just putting it out there !

The Yew tree and church in this latest print are found at East Down, close to Coombe Martin, North Devon. Both tree and church are ancient and full of history.Though the graves and verges are tended the edges are wild and full of birdlife. I chose to bring out the peaceful atmosphere of the graveyard by using warm ochre tones, khaki green and pattern. I hope that this print might echo for others the history, natural habitat and peace that the churchyard can evoke.

A Cover Illustration for Slightly Foxed Journal

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‘Beechnuts’ my linocut print, originally appeared as the cover artwork for ‘Slightly Foxed’: the real readers quarterly , issue 59, Autumn 2018.
It was such a thrill to be commisoned by the editors to create this cover work, following on from some artists that I greatly admire such as Mark Hearld, Cary Akroyd and Quentin Blake, I feel honoured to have been asked.
It was really interesting to work on commison, to have to create a design that was for the Autumn season whilst still in early Summer! I developed my ideas from photographs that I had taken last Autumn on Molland moor, Exmoor.
'Slightly Foxed' is a fantastic inspiration for lovers of good literature, find them on

www.foxed quarterly .com

Print of August

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‘Riverside’ size 40 x30 cm, linocut, 2018

This print came out of the intensely hot month of June 2018, what a gorgeous Summer.
I took a long walk on Exmoor from Wintershead to Landacre following the river Barle in what seemed an almost Mediterranean climate. Hot as a grasshopper I sort refuge under an Ash tree amongst the cooling reeds, soaking up the coolness of the shade. Under the tree I made a drawing on my ipad. I sought to capture the contrast of heat and shade and the beauty of the river sliding by beyond the tree. I spent three absorbing hours drawing the scene.

Drawing with the IPad

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I love to learn new art techniques and improve my art practice. Here I share with you  my early exploration of the iPad Pro and drawing App 'Procreate' At first the apple pencil and hard screen seemed slippery and unfamiliar. I purchased a screen saver with a matt surface to give a more paper like feel, this is called 'Paperlike' and I recommend it.

I took my iPad out into the landscape instead of my sketchbook so that I had no choice but to practice drawing digitally. Above are my cloud studies using the pastel and pencil tools and below my garden frog using the pencil and charcoal tools.

Using the iPad is such a pleasure, like having your whole studio in one tiny book. The only drawback so far is the use of scale, I love to draw in a big sketchbook with bold gestures of the pencil, so for now I will use the modern and the old alongside each other!

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Print of the month

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'Mist in the Valley', size 42x32cm, Linocut 2018

I have never attempted to describe mist in a landscape print before, it was a great challenge. Inspired by a sketch that I had made whilst sitting high up on the side of a beautiful Exmoor valley. The morning of my sketching walk was crisp and bright, the sun over the hillside and the mist curling its way down the bottom of the valley. From my vantage point I could see the mist's cloud like forms merging and emerging, magical.

To get the effect that I was after, I used two printing techniques,my usual multiblock with five pieces of Lino and a reduction method to make six. Below you can see two of the blocks during the carving process. I completed a small but unique edition of ten prints.

 

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Print of the Month

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'Sheep Huddle' size 35x30cm, Linocut 2018

Inspired by a walk on nearby fields in the March 2018 snow. The snow flakes were falling slowly in spiraling drifts and the sheep had just been fed at the trough. The ideas for this design came from a watercolour that I had made (see previous blog) I hope that you find it interesting to see how a linocut design evolves, from watercolour,to simplified drawing, to carving and then print. 

 

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A new watercolour series

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'Sheep Huddle' SIZE 26X20CM, Watercolour,2018

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'Snow Drops' size 15x15cm, watercolour, 2018

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'Snow Drift' size 15x11cm, watercolour, 2018

January and February are the quieter times of the year for me, as an artist. This year, 2018 I have used this time in the studio to develop a new watercolour series with the focus on Winter. I hope to make some new Winter seasons greetings cards and create linocut prints inspired by the watercolours. 

I loved having so much snow to enjoy and photograph; way too cold to sit outside for long and draw though ! Now that March has come and the Snowdrops have passed, the snow still continues in incredible drifts like waves on the Exmoor roads. 

I look forward to showing you my watercolours as a collection later in the year.

 

Print of the Month

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'Wonder' SIZE 50X30CM, LINOCUT,2017

Inspired by a winters walk from Simonsbath on Exmoor along the river Barle through hills, granite outcrops and Barrows to Cow Castle.  I felt wonder as the sun fell behind the hill filling the valley with pattern and colour.

The print has a generous border for mounting and is made in a small edition of 20. It took three colour lino blocks to make this print and one month to craft it.