28 October 2013

Tree paintings at the Water Street Gallery in Todmorden






These oil pastel paintings of the woods at Pecket Well Clough are included in the annual Winter Exhibition of small works at the Water Street Gallery in Todmorden. I've been selling reproductions of them for quite a while and now feel able to part with the originals.

The show opens with a preview on Thursday night - 31st October . I'm looking forward to nipping up there on my broomstick with it being Halloween and all.



This hand coloured Aquatint of yet more trees is also available to purchase there. The show goes on till after Christmas so I'm really hoping there's time for a committed dendrophile with empty walls and a generous wallet to find their way there.



22 October 2013

3D Woodcuts


Northcountry


Northtown
I'm fascinated by the effect of a single or series of folds on a piece of paper or card. It sounds simple, and it is, yet everything is changed. Something flat is made 3D, it can stand up and become sculptural. Once I applied this simple action to my printed townscape 'Northtown' the potential for experiment and play seemed endless, tapping into a long held desire to explore the world of mini dioramas

For me the barrier has always been the problem of display and framing. A lot of framers look askance when you ask about deep box frames with narrow edges which is the look I prefer. Most box frames I've seen are not deep enough and are also very clunky. I have seen some lovely ones on-line but they are ridiculously expensive and not the right dimensions.

So I asked my woodworker friend George Parker to make me something and these are the results. We based the design on some discontinued box frames from Ikea. They are accessed via the front as the glass slides up and down a routed groove.  The worst aspect is that I have to manually polish the edges of the glass as my local supplier won't/can't polish 3mm glass.

Polishing the edges is a real pain involving expensive diamond pads, sheets of felt, adhesive backed vinyl and a board balanced under a flowing tap - aaargh! My first attempt at dry sanding was a fine disaster, ruining a sheet of glass by getting hairlike scratches all over it, which is why I've gone with the wet sanding process.

I will make good use of the 8 boxes George has made me but I'm thinking there has to be an easier way?