Over the winter, I spent some time trying to force a reconciliation between the work I do as a printmaker and the work I do as a painter. Both start from direct observation and resultant sketchbook work. But then they diverge.
In my printmaking, I tend to work from a monochrome start, and get very interested in form, pattern and composition, mostly inspired by urban landscapes around me, often reflected and distanced in some way. My painting tends to the experimental in mixed media, inks, colour and pastel, inspired by landscapes with which I have a personal relationship.
There are many ways we create blocks to our creativity. This is one of mine. The pursuit for consistency, a ‘voice’, whatever you want to call it. So, I’ve decided to be more relaxed generally about any perceived ‘split’ in subject and media. All reflect my interests, all resolve well (or sometimes don’t) in the different media and processes involved. I get a lot of satisfaction and pleasure from both printmaking and painting. Maybe some day they’ll come together, maybe they won’t… in the meantime, I’ll keep sketching and exploring wherever my fancy takes me.
I have work in exhibitions in three countries this summer. Very exciting, and great to be able to connect with other artists both locally and elsewhere.
Three linocut miniprints (10cm x 10cm) are on display in June and July at the Kazanlak International Miniprint in Bulgaria
A mixed media painting, ‘river meadow’ has been selected for the RBSA Friends’ exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in Bormingham, on show until 12th July.
‘oystercatchers in flight’, a 10cm x 10cm woodcut print will be on display next weekend at the Groundfloor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
‘In the middle, deep’, a mixed media painting, has been accepted for the Tabernacle Art exhibition, now showing at MOMA Wales in Machynlleth until September.