Archive for October, 2010

Pig in Muck

October 29, 2010

That’s a polite title ! In other words I am having a whale of a time ‘playing’ with the tags, and other bits of artwork that need recycling.

Painted canvas-board background with tags (cut up etchings and other printed bits) hanging off a rusty branch of wire. The same sort of rusty branch that I bent into the bird-cage shapes.

In fact I think I need to walk round to the supermarket,  to see what other treasure awaits on the ground !

Just finished a two day Open Studio event here, which turned out to be a bit of a success. I had half-price blue dots on a lot of repro prints, and some etchings and collagraphs – so it was interesting to see what people are inspired to buy…..if the price is less.  Sold a couple of the new little Turban paintings too.          Judy Roberts, from Dubai, was also here with her stuff.

As we will finally be leaving Abu Dhabi in January, I am already trying to make contacts with places in London. Have signed up for the Artist at Home, Open Studio event, for Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherds Bush area, for next June. Fortunately our street just comes on the bottom right corner of their map. I shall also submit to the Cork St. Open again when that comes around.

Studio space will be the only problem, even though we have a spare bedroom in our apartment . It is carpetted and , being high on the 3rd floor, I’m not sure about having my whacking great etching press in there. Hmmm.

Recycling

October 13, 2010

I think I mentioned a while ago that I often find uses for old , perhaps discarded, work.

Well I’ve been making tags out of etchings or collagraphs that didnt work, or were substandard prints. It all started a couple of days ago when I was looking for bits and pieces to add to collage cards.( Need to restock cards for up-coming Bazaars.)

As usual when trying to organise my studio (wot, again !) I came across things I hadnt seen for years. Actually, it wasnt in the studio, it was in the spare bedroom wardrobe – yes,  I even have stuff in there ! 

I might just use the tags on cards, although they’re quite big, or make a box-framed collection of them – perhaps hanging off a rusty old key.

The fish lino print dates back about 15 years, to when we lived in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Back again

October 2, 2010

Sorry for the gap in posts, been to UK for about three and a half weeks , so really need to get stuck into work now.

Havent done anything for a couple of months, which is not good.  No good resting on laurels of recent successes (actually sold the ‘Stairs to Nowhere’ in the Cork St. Open !!) Ideas are swirling, and I’m about to venture into the studio to tidy up (story of my life !!)