Friday, 6 July 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

Summer is in full swing here in the UK with glorious sunny days all week long.

I started July by taking a week off to explore Cornwall and visit some of it's most beautiful coastlines including St Ives and Falmouth. With a new sketch book at the ready I am hoping to find inspiration for new landscape paintings ready for 2019. St Ives was particularly amazing with dramatic skies blowing in off the Atlantic and the cliff tops covered in summer haze.
Falmouth Harbour
Having returned, my focus is now on a new painting for the Emsworth Artists Exhibition. I will be exhibiting Winter Storm and hopefully a new piece inspired by the Cornish coast. With the hot weather continuing for at least the next week progress has been good with drying times speeding up quite nicely.
Winter Storm, 2018
In a quiet moment I've been looking at the work of Eric Ravilious, in particular his wood engravings.
I am tempted to put the paint brushes down and start carving at some wood blocks but as I have yet to finish a certain puffin reduction linocut I have to be self disciplined and hold back. The sketch book is filling with a few ideas though so maybe once the painting is complete I shall get carving.

Wood engraving by Eric Ravilious

Making Books by London Centre for Book Arts
Finally I have treated myself to a book about books! Having dabbled in book binding in the past I thought I would combine my new found printing skills with handmade notebooks for my Etsy Shop.
Possibly there might be a wood engraving/book binding combination on the horizon.