Friday, 15 August 2014

(Father) Christmas in August

Roundel motifs observed at the tomb of St Nicholas, Myra, reproduced in pencil, watercolour and inktense
Over the years I've noted it is de rigueur for designer-makers to flaunt their organisational prowess by producing Christmas goods in summer. Frankly, if I have gotten around to producing a card design by November I consider that pretty good going. Last year I didn't bother with seasonal goods at all.

This year I have been inspired to create by a visit to Father Christmas's tomb. In truth the tomb of  St Nicholas at Myra, Turkey probably contains very little of the man himself but the fresco and mosaics in the Byzantine Church are stunning.

Opus sectile (marble mosaic) floor at the tomb of St Nicholas, Myra

Fresco, St Nicholas, Myra

Fresco, St Nicholas, Myra

Fresco, St Nicholas, Myra

Fresco, St Nicholas, Myra

The image at the top of this post was a little exercise in drawing and painting that I originally started for #drawingaugust on twitter. But now I am trying to convince myself it might be the beginnings of a Christmas card design. Christmas 2015.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Blue House at Shellness

The ink on the Blue House at Shellness has now had a good two weeks of drying time (which is more than my impatience normally allows) and has now been editioned and listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

Sometimes I like to check the progress of my cutting without getting inky and find a rubbing made with a soft and chunky colouring pencil and scraps of thin paper is just the job.

For more blue house for this link

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Folksy Featured Seller

Hopefully some of this blog's readers may have noticed that I was Folky's Featured Seller a couple of weeks ago. 

If you missed it hop over to the Folksy Seller's Blog and take a look at MEET THE MAKER and SHOP TALK  Q&As
we did to mark the occasion.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens June 2014

A selection of my work is on show in the cafe at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, York this month. 
Further details including opening times can be found here.

Print hanging in progress

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blue houses

I really like the way this dilapidated beach house reflects the sky.

Shellness, Isle of Sheppey April 2014
Other blue houses, in order of exoticness. I'll let you decide whether its increasing or decreasing ;-)

Abandoned grocer's store, Berwick-upon-Tweed October 2012

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, George Town, Penang 2004ish

Majorelle Garden, Marrakesh December 2009

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Isle of Harty, Sheppey

Another day another beach.
A glorious mix of marsh and beach peppered with the surprising mounds of ancient saltworks. Lapwings breeped, lizards darted and tonnes of shell crunched under our feet.


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