Thursday, 23 July 2015
At last I can properly introduce you to my finished Owl of Athena created for The Big Hoot 2015. This is my owl while it was still in the studio in Digbeth but it can now be found outside Kings Heath library in Birmingham. I would love it if my owl makes people smile when they walk by and brightens up their day. If it inspires anyone to draw, paint or discover more about Athena and Greek Mythology that would be even better! A map showing where all the owls can be found around Birmingham is on The Big Hoot website www.thebighoot.co.uk
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Here are some clues as to what I've been doing in June! My design was selected for the Big Hoot and so I spent almost two weeks painting a large scale owl sculpture at a studio in Digbeth, Birmingham. I knew it would be hard work but I didn't expect the painting to take quite as long as it did and at times I thought it would never end. It was a huge relief when my owl was approved and I finally got to apply the varnish. Hurray!
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
In May I made another trip to Yorkshire, this time it was to take part in Saltaire Arts Trail. Over the bank holiday weekend I was exhibiting my work at the Designer Maker's Fair in Victoria Hall. It was a great opportunity to display framed screen prints along with a selection of my other work. I enjoyed meeting visitors and also the chance to catch up with some of my favorite printmakers including Helen Peyton and James Green. The cakes and pasties were pretty good too!
The month of May was all about drawing instead of screen printing as I was working on a new series of animal designs for a commission. Naturally some of these characters managed to find their way into my screen prints. I've not printed many animals before and also set myself the challenge of trying new colour combinations. It was harder than I expected so there were quite a few failures before I finally finished this edition of Run Rabbits Run! prints in bright green, orange and brown.