So, its been a while - last year (2017) was a bit of a dry period in the old printmaking department. I think in total I produced 2 prints! I drew a lot though and developed ideas in my head.
I was convincing myself that I didn't need deadlines such as Art fairs or commissions to encourage me to work. but in all honestly I now think I do.
Last year, for me became all about learning to do my 'other job' better.
I am learning to bookkeep for my husbands business (s) which is a full time job in itself. And I decided to take up running, which has been awesome even though my hip would tell you otherwise.
By the time it got to October 2017 I felt the year was lost in terms of creating new art and there wasn't much point in making anything new as I had run out of time! Which looking back is a bit silly really!
Anyway, I applied for the Hepworth Print Fair and got in (YAY!) and I had a fantastic time. I met some super people - the other printmakers and the customers. Had some lovely chats with folk about different stuff and sold quite a few prints (Bonus)
So my new refreshed viewpoint is - apply apply apply - so this morning has consisted of me looking for art fairs/stuff to apply for and to just get on with it!
There's nothing more motivating than the sweaty panic of having to get your s$%t together and make it look good!
Last year I was asked by the lovely Leanne Putt over at The Open College Of Arts, We Are OCA, to answer a few questions about my work.
It was a really good exercise to think about the whys and the hows so I thought I would re-share the interview. - click on the link below to have a read.
They do some really good Art courses at the OCA and work hard to promote the arts.
I was talking recently to a friend about the creative process we all go through when making a new piece of work.
We were discussing our kids and the homework they get at school.
We were both saying how initially there can be disappointment when first approaching a new topic.
They create something but when they don't want to explore it further they feel they have failed. It's a fine line as a parent, teacher and artist in how to manage this. As, actually everything we create has value and is worth saving. This is because of the lessons we learn as we make mistakes.
Last week I went on a workshop to learn some more watercolour techniques. I think I literally froze for the first hour! I felt like a school kid again - not wanting to make any mistakes and wanting to make sure that when I had finished there would be something to show.
I watched the lady opposite me paint and then announce that she was going to throw her first painting in the bin! And suddenly I thought - what am I worrying about - everyone feels like this! So I cracked on!
I'm not going to share those 'experiments' as there really isn't much to see, however what I have learnt and remembered about how the paint ran across the paper and what happened when I added granulation medium to ink (VERY EXCITING!!) will inform me the next time I pick up a paint brush.
It made me think about my own printmaking process. I start with an image like this photo and then I begin to draw. I will draw,paint and collage lots of different versions sometimes before I am happy.....
And even then I'm still questioning the outcome. I'm working on this lino now and have been spending long hours carefully cutting to replicate the thin line of the pencil. Will it work? I don't know. Will I be disappointed? It's a possibility! Even after all that preparation and change.
But the idea has evolved and I'm really excited about that. I moved from a place of uncertainty and frustration to one of possibilty.
It's a funny thing the creative process but it's not to be left alone that's for sure!
So half way though (ish) 2016 and my start to the year in terms of new prints was pretty slow. Then all of a sudden there seemed to be a flourish of work and new ideas - why does it happen like that? Sometimes I think we need a deadline and for me it's been taking some work up to St Abbs for a summer exhibition at the lovely Number Four Gallery.
The last two months I have spent my time developing ideas and new prints which I have shown here. It's been a new venture into colour for me and I have allowed myself the time to work on more than one block for each print. I'm really please with the way these 3 have turned out.
So when we drove up to St Abbs this Saturday to deliver this work and others to the gallery it was really nice to show some new pieces and the beginning of a new body of work. My prints will be part of the summer exhibition this year and I'm really excited about going up to see the work displayed.
Well, its Sunday evening and I'm sat on the sofa having a cuddle with my youngest boy. Its been a lovely weekend at the Hepworth and I've met lots of interesting people both customers and other traders.
I have to commend the staff at the Hepworth for arranging a fantastic event which had such a great atmosphere.
I will be finishing the weekend off with my slippers and a glass of wine and contemplating what market or art fair to do next but until next year that's me all done!
So today has been a busy one!! I've been sending out invitations for a bank holiday exhibition that will take place at Rivers meet Craft Cafe in Methley. There will be 3 artists showing a variety of work from lino prints (ahem!!) water colour paintings, oil paintings and digital prints.
All artists are local ladies and we will be there all weekend manning the exhibition so you can come along have a chat with us about our work and pick yourself up a bargain original piece of art.
The poster below shows more details.
Then an email from Holmfirth Art Market arrived to let me know I have a stall at this years market!! YAY!!! I'm going to be a busy bee over the next few months!!
Here are some of my new lino prints that I have been working on. I have a few more to finish off and then I am going to begin working on a large scale lino on the advice of a lovely printmaker that I met this weekend at The Hepworth Print Fair. Lots of good advice gained!
So I've completed my first ever print fair and it was at the Hepworth in Wakefield no less. I had a fantastic time and met some amazing printmakers who I hope to see again.
It was all round a brilliant experience that I am now keen to do again. Getting myself ready to hold a stall was both exciting and tiring but in the end I think it looked quite good
Hopefully the Hepworth will be putting on this event again as it seemed to be well attended. I just need a few nights sleep now to recover..... : )