Thanks to a Twitter conversation with Andrew Martyn Sugars, fellow a-n blogger, I am starting a blog to track progress over 2018. I am not sure how I am going to measure progress but am going to give it a go and if I manage to spend more time in the studio this year, then that will be progress of a kind.
So this is my last post for the 2018 “progress-tracking” blog (I know it is already 2019).
I am still trying to re-connect with painting – there is something of my 15-year old self in the new work, which is either a step backwards or forwards depending how you look at it. Somehow, being ill makes you slough off a load of stuff that gets in the way – I’ve become much more myself, whatever that means – allowing influences and thoughts to flow without worrying so much about what it is all about.
So here we go, a rather odd watercolour painting with layers put on and wiped away. Am going to do more of this with more erased layers.
So Chinese New Year is coming up on 5 Feb and I’ve decided to be more efficient in my card making. The collages take so much time and cards probably only sell for so much, a bit like ceramic mugs (back in my ceramics days and doing a few markets…).
So I’ve gone for Lino cuts – great fun, hence the title of this post and actually quite attractive and seemingly in demand.
Well, so I am doing more painting in the hope that I can only get better at it. This is work in progress ….
I’m trying out new materials including aquabord for the Japanese watercolours, which I love using. Frida Kahlo apparently painted flowers to keep them alive – these tulips were definitely on their way out so maybe I’ve rescued them.