Songs for Painting

blossom tree

 

1.belle and sebastian-lazy line painter jane

2.joni mitchell-a case of you

3.teenage fanclub-every picture i paint

4.billy bragg-must i paint you a picture?

5.red house painters-grace cathedral park

6.andy summers and robert fripp-painting and dance

7.ultimate painting-central park blues

8.peter bjorn and john-blue period picasso

9.david j newton-don’t leave me in the dark

1o.daniel johnston-the story of an artist

 

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New Prints!

My last post was all about drawing so I thought you might like to see the screen prints I made from my drawings. Brace yourself, they are quite bright!

york minster blog screenprint

I had lots of worries about the tree overlapping York Minster, (whether it took away from the image) but I am really pleased about how it has turned out. I used a photograph I took on my birthday to draw from. It was a cold but really bright winters day and I wanted to print the Minster in these sunny colours to reflect that.

stoodley pike blog screenprint

I was hoping to create a gradient pattern with the colour on this print, I haven’t used this technique before but I like the painterly quality. I really love this view and I have painted it many times, so it has been nice to make something that makes a little bridge from drawing to painting.

square chapel blog screenprint

This is Square Chapel in Halifax. Halifax was my neighbouring town when I was growing up in Brighouse. It was much visited, particularly in my teenage years! I had recently read about the kestrels nesting in the spire next to the building, so they get to have a fly  around in this picture.

It is really exciting to watch the developments to Square Chapel and the Piece Hall going on at the moment.To put a spot light on these fantastic buildings and spaces is a wonderful thing.

These prints are the first steps to creating a collection called “A Nothern Sky” and will feature all the places I love in Yorkshire. These prints are listed in my shop if you like them.

Any feedback on the colours or places you would like me to draw would be much appreciated!

 

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New Drawings

Stoodley drawing

york minster

I have been trying to stretch myself a bit with my drawing lately, so I have been looking at buildings and landscapes. These drawings are me figuring out how to describe these with just black ballpoint pen and ink; with a view to screen print them.  So no grey scale, just dashes!

Another back of my mind niggle is to try and bridge the gap between my paintings and screen prints-(which are very different much to my worrying), so I am hoping these will pacify that little voice.

Anyway I am working on one which I feel really happy with, so I will share that when I have finished. In the meantime these are the steps towards getting to grips with angles, perspective and shading!

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Open Studios…Preview

Evening Pike blog

This is a view of Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall. I took a photograph of it one summer evening last year. I loved the view so much I painted it. The original is sold but I have a giclée print of it available at Open Studios. The colours are lovely and rich (I had it printed locally at Knights Graphics) and I am really pleased with how close it is to the original.

I hope you can come and visit the Open Studios this weekend. I look forward to meeting you!

 

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Preview…Open Studios

postcard blog

Plenty of postcards made for my open studios…particularly this one featuring my cat Billy!

bills

And the real thing.

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Open Studios…Preview

Tuesday’s preview for my open studios is this hand printed bunting. Perfect for brightening up a neglected corner of your home!

I have made a string of bunting with birds and one with trees (which I have above my desk at home). You can also buy them in my shop if you can’t make it this weekend.

bird bunting blog

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Open Studios…Preview

Happy Monday! This is one of my favourite paintings  sold at my “Under the Same Sky” exhibition. Never fear though! I have giclée prints available at my Open Studio.

grasses and woods blog web

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