Carol singers

Last night, I answered a knock on the burrow door. There was Naughty Kitten and his friends, singing carols.

Merry Christmas everyone!

A new linocut

After several weeks struggling to produce some new prints, I've finally done something that's starting to go in the right direction. It's a two-stage reduction linocut, 16 x 16cm (each square is about 5cm).

First, I cut away the areas from the lino-block that I wanted to stay white, and then printed it in red. Then I cut away the areas that I want to stay red, and print that in black, on top of the red.

The image itself combines the influences of lots of things that I have been looking at recently (though the effect of the influences is quite diluted by the time they reach the paper):

-- the "Revolution on Paper" exhibition of Mexican prints at the British Museum

-- (deceptively) simple linocuts by Robert Taverner and Christopher Brown

-- the Warhol room at the Tate's Pop Life exhibition which had a wall of his celebrity portraits

-- and even the way we hung my paintings in groups of four and nine at a recent exhibition.

A big jug of custard

I made a big jug of custard to go with the pudding that Clarissa made yesterday.

Christmas pudding

Clarissa has been busy in the kitchen making Christmas pudding!

Dancing in the snow

This morning, we opened the first door on our Advent calendar.

And we found a rabbit dancing in the snow!

Society of Graphic and Fine Art exhibition

...And three more linocuts have been selected for the Society of Graphic and Fine Art open exhibition! The exhibition runs from 5 to 10 October, at the Menier Gallery in Southwark (five minutes walk from Tate Modern).

The three prints are:

The City

Bird in a field, Umbria

...and one more, which I've forgotten to scan!

South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

I'm delighted that three of my linocuts are to be exhibited at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts open exhibition in Exeter, from 3 to 16 October.

The three prints are:

Podere le Vigne

High Waving Heather

Summer Solstice

Exhibition opens

The exhibition at the Ashdown Forest Centre is now open.

(Click the picture above for a better view.)

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest: Friends Clump and Camp Hill Clump from the west.
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm.


Still life painted using only cobalt blue, yellow oxide, burnt sienna, white and -- don't tell anyone -- black. It's on top of a failed landscape: some of the colours of that painting show through, giving an interesting effect.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm.

New paintings for Ashdown Forest

Two new paintings for the exhibition at Ashdown Forest.
Each acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm.

New exhibition

11 September 2009 -- 10 January 2010

Monday - Friday 2 - 5
Saturday & Sunday 11 - 5

October onwards
Saturday & Sunday 11 - 4

Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre
Wych Cross, Forest Row
East Sussex RH18 5JP

Ashdown Forest: More new paintings

Paintings inspired by a walk near Chelwood Vachery and Braberry Hatch.
Each acrylic on canvas, 15 x 15cm.