Archive for April, 2010

Inside outside

April 23, 2010

Inside outside, Cairo interior mixed media monoprint


I’m pleased that much of the work of the past few weeks is finally being finished. I shall then have to decide what to submit to the Ghaf Gallery show and what to take to London.



April 22, 2010

Sentinel fan palm ink & bleach

Fan palms are featuring a lot these days – I love them.  

Very little of Abu Dhabi vegetation is natural, it is all planted and irrigated. It is moved, discarded or transplanted on a whim, depending on the current beautification ‘plan’ of the municipality. Sometimes I find obviously well-established trees, in the back streets,  that have been allowed to develop at will – tumbling, ragged, mis-shapen – REAL. Near the Thrift shop, where I work sometimes, there are old villas (25 years !) and some of them have fabulous sentinel fan palms, with ragged skirts of untrimmed leaves. One of the small villas has just been flattened……….god knows what will be built in its place. Another space has also been cleared around the corner. I feel sad for the peaceful neighbourhood – it’s about to change. When building starts, it starts with a vengeance – all day , every day and sometimes  all night too. Time is money, of course. Progress is relentless and there is no thought for those living nearby. Tough.

I have always wondered how these really tall thin trees stay upright – think of the palms in Miami –  they dont have deep root balls .

Good-day Sunshine

April 14, 2010

Ancestry etching & watercolour

Still very busy  printing  – long may it continue .

I seem to have a list of shows that I want to submit for, including the A4 Printmaking Open, in Falmouth. There are also two open submissions for the Orleans House Gallery, in Richmond, where our Lucy works.  Working in that gallery is definitely doing her good, as she is also being inspired to submit work for various shows, elsewhere  –

                                   makes me so proud.

The etchings I have been working on this week are solar-plates – and of course there have been storms and overcast days this week ! Always the way, but I got there in the end.

the bigger the better…

April 5, 2010

Nice Turban mixed media monotype


I’ve been having a great time over the past couple of days, still up to ears in printing ink. The turbans are getting bigger and bigger, and there IS a sect in India where they do wear enormous deep blue ones.

Nice Turban 2   mixed media monotype

What ?

April 4, 2010

I think this is going too far …..I found another birdcage last night, just sitting there by the rubbish chute. What’s going on ?  Obviously this manufacturing of paper birds has some voodoo effect  in conjuring up housing for them !!