Trying reduction printing – colour linocut prints

Previously I had tried simple prints with black ink onto coloured paper, and though these are striking I had been longing to try printing with more than one colour. I had also block printed at a workshop (pre-pandemic), which had allowed me to use a single colour on my design, and entirely natural inks made…

Poetry: A memory from childhood

I loved poetry as a child, at school and at home. My parents read poems to me and encouraged me to recite some of them. Though the meaning was often beyond my years, the rhythms were enjoyable and my vocabulary was broadened by the texts I read. I also wrote my own poems and stories,…

Painting away the rain

The lockdown sunshine has moved aside for a while, and being stuck indoors on rainy days has led to more painting and drawing! I seem to have been painting the sea rather a lot during this pandemic, trying out different colours and styles. It is lovely to immerse oneself in colour – mixing the paint…

Drawing rocks and stones

Where I lived a few years ago, there used to be a stone circle near to my home called Long Meg and her Daughters. It was one of my favourite places to spend thinking time, and often I would be there with only the birds and the hares for company. A few days ago, I…

A watercolour sketch

I can hardly believe it is 5 months today since the UK government announced the lockdown. 5 months in, my experimentations with painting and drawing haven’t subsided. Art continues to be my distraction. Here, we have gone from glorious blue skies to a very mixed weather situation and many grey days. It is already dark…

Apples and Flowers

Still life painting is not something I have only ever done once or twice, but the gift of some garden flowers and a bowl of beautiful apples inspired me to paint. With the grey drape, the colours just seemed to jump out and I really enjoyed painting it. I am continuing to play with paint…

The evening in miniature

This basic little painting from my imagination, a very small canvas of the sky, was not intended to be particularly realistic, but was just an enjoyable experiment mixing and blending colours to create an interpretation of evening; that moment when only the last little glow of sunlight remains and night sets in. I only thought…

Painting the sea (2)

The sea theme seems to have captured my imagination at the moment as I made a few small seascape paintings this week. Painting on a small scale means I can try things without risk or outlay – I can just try what I feel and see if it works or not! I am interested to…

Finding a character to draw

Our weekly art challenge was animated characters, but after a wonderful run of sunny Sundays, the weather has broken this week, and it was too wet and windy to have our usual ‘garden fence exhibition’. Character drawing is something I have never tried and, despite the stormy weather, I wanted to take up the challenge….

Painting the sea

Painting the sea has been on my mind for a while now. I think I am responding to the distance between myself and my family who live by the South West coast. A few days ago I saw a painting by Colin Wood of the sea, and it inspired me to try. This morning before…