Monday, 2 October 2017


The Autumn term has started at the yard:ARTspace and my lovely summer break is still a glowing memory. I had a proper holiday which cannot be underestimated. I am now in full creative, printing mode and head long into my classes...and I am loving every minute. 
My main task this summer was to try and create these sketch book pages in collagraph form.
I first thought that working into the print with mono print sections might work?
Then looking at this image and giving myself permission to experiment brought
me to the conclusion that a 3 plate over printed collagraph might do the job?
I am really enjoying this exploration.
Another bird, another set of plates.
Colour Sue Brown, I can hear you all gasp!!!
Then I went and spoilt it with a sparrow on a reel. He is waiting to dry before I add thread.
In between, I have been teaching carborundum and blended rub inking.
This weekend workshop was exhilarating for me 
and the group taking part. I was thrilled
with the prints that came from this class.
I have always maintained that the more you do, the more you do...
I can't stop drawing new birds, the bird a day for August 
really got me into the swing. I may not be drawing every day now, but I seemed to be getting lots of new inspiration.


What do you get when you put 1 artist, 1 A5 sketch book and a month without classes together?
Now when I announced that I would draw a bird a day over August it seemed a good idea at the time.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram,
will recognize these images.
I drew and posted, 
drew and posted.
And here are a few for those of you who missed all
this ornithological activity... 
Now this was a discipline for me and very time consuming, but
it has really fed my creativity and as you will see in the next post I have really hit September running...

Monday, 14 August 2017


The lovely Mr Brown and I decided to have a Saturday visit to the great metropolis. We are lucky to have Holly living in Forest Hill, walking distance to the Horniman Museum.
Off we trotted via Havelock Walk, an 
extraordinary mews area,  
full of artistic
I have already penciled in the end of May next year when they have an open studio event.
A few minutes walk away and we were at the imposing  Horniman Museum and Gardens.
What a gorgeous place,
with an amazing view of the City from the gardens.
Flowers and squash everywhere, it 
was hard to believe that we were in London.
Inside the Museum itself is the most comprehensive collection 
of natural history exhibits I have seen
since the Oxford Natural History Museum.
Case after case of taxidermy exhibits including the famous, over stuffed walrus. All just a prelude to what is underneath the building.
An aquarium full of watery jewels, jelly fish,
tropical fish,
corals and 
tank after tank of exotica.
Blissfully relaxing.
We ended an excellent day at a local hostelry before heading back to Cheltenham.
Thank you Holly for showing us around! 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Term at the yard:ARTspace has finished for the summer, now I have a little bit of time to experiment and make new work.
I have been having fun with fabric using the steel shapes from my enamelled pieces to pop rust patterns into fabric.
Gum arabic transfer images into the cynotypes I made with Lesley and
make a few more, experimenting with chemicals in 
the shed while the sun is out.
I have got time to finish off a couple of
fabric collages.
making them into cushions.

Rusted fabric, free machine embroidery, gum arabic transfer and hand embellished making them functional art, not just cushions.
I also have time to develop some drawings in several sketchbooks.
Shutting myself away with radio 4
experimenting with paint,
ink and bleach, trying hard to put into practice everything I preach.
Looking forward to next week to see what work develops from all this preparation.