Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sunflowers: Work in progress

Linocut, 18 x 18 cm.

I use far more white ink that any other colour, so always order two tins at a time, to make sure that I don't run out. But when I opened the white ink tin this morning, it was almost empty. And the back-up tin has disappeared. Or perhaps this is the back-up tin.

So this block is printed just in black relief ink, and then hand-coloured with acrylic ink.

P.S. Have just ordered more white ink. Why has the price gone up 40% in a year?

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Accidental pintar

In London again, down to the storage place in Chelsea to pick up the leftovers from the SGFA Bankside exhibition. Strolling along the Chelsea Embankment with with my bag of bubblewrap, I see a painter at their easel. And then another, and another, and another. Turns out my visit coincides with the Pintar Rapido event: artists paint on Saturday, and then the exhibition is on Sunday at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

I'm too late to take part in that, so instead I will paint the painters.

Here's Chelsea Albert Bridge in its pastel blue and yellow and pink, with one of the artists at work.

And further down the Chelsea Embankment, where the houseboats are docked. There are two more painters nearby (but out of range of my pencil).

Each: Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Under the road again

A month after my previous visit, I returned to the underpass by the motorway to see what had changed. The plants have grown a bit. White bramble flowers have appeared. The big nettle in the front has grown and produced seeds, and insects have eaten holes in its leaves.

Ink and watercolour, 31 x 23cm.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

SGFA exhibition in London

Society of Graphic Fine Art
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH
(next to Tate Modern)
Tuesday 30 June – Sunday 5 July 2015
11am – 6pm (every day)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Falcon Point Piazza, London

Falcon Point Piazza, London
Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Hoardings around the building site for the Tate Modern extension.


Man (pushing a tuba on a trolley): "There's not a single German artist that I don't know."
Woman: "That's probably intentional, isn't it?"

Girl on mobile: "You're in Stratford, aren't you? When I heard you drop the money, I thought, she must be in Stratford."

Saturday, 27 June 2015


Tenby, from the Castle Hill
Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm

Great view of the town and harbour, but really needed another half-hour to finish it properly.

Click to enlarge.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Cwm yr Eglwys

This morning: rain and wind over Strumble Head and grey drizzle at Fishguard; this afternoon: hot sunshine and clear blue skies. Steep road down to the coast: grass touches the car on both sides. Honesty box in the car park. Ruined church at Cwm yr Eglwys; only the west wall still stands, the rest swept away by the sea which is just below the bench on the left.

So hot now, my watercolours are going soft in their pans.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13 cm.