Friday, 13 March 2015

March 2015.

We thought we were busy last month but this month we've had to find yet another gear to keep up with everything on our 'to do' list.

The reason for the extra hours spent in the Studio is due to our portfolio of print work being successfully chosen to appear in the Printmakers fair at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on the 21st and 22nd of March. Over 50 printmakers have been selected from around the UK, not just linocut printmakers but also other print mediums including woodcuts, screen prints and textiles, it's going to be a colourful, arty event full of wonderful prints! 

We have spent the last couple of weeks choosing which prints to take with us, printing more stock and carefully mounting and packing up each image, we will certainly have lots of choice for everyone attending the event including a couple of our new pieces. Gary's latest print is a reduction linocut print of a still Barn Owl perched high in the branches of an Oak tree. This was the print that visited the press more times than was first anticipated and we were both glad when it was finally deemed as finished.

Barn Owl - 'Deep in the Oak Wood'.

My latest print is the third in my floral series, this time capturing the sunny yellow trumpets of Spring Narcissus flowers. It is a limited edition of just 30 prints.

Sunny bulbs heralding the return of Spring.

Both new prints will be appearing on our stand next weekend.To read more about the event please click on the link here:

All thoughts of gardening have been put back for a couple of weeks due to deadlines. Although we have used a couple of our lunch breaks, (when the sunny skies just couldn't be ignored), to go outside and tackle those jobs that really needed attention. So we now have the greenhouse ready and waiting for seeds to be sown thanks to Gary cleaning it until the glass sparkled like new. And I tackled one of the raised beds, clearing it and then planting out Shallots and Onions. I also managed a few minutes sowing both saladings and flower seeds in trays which are now being willed into growth in the warmth of the clean greenhouse.

Elsewhere in the garden all the spring bulbs are putting on a growth spurt and it shouldn't be too long before the Narcissus in the garden look like my print.

Allium bulb with a hint of the colour to come...

The Honeysuckle about to start it's ramble...

So it will be another weekend busy in the Studio for us, which is just how we like it!

Enjoy your weekend.

'Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't turn out just take another shot.'