So Chinese New Year starts on 5 Feb and I’ve decided to make that the start to my own New Year. Summing up 2018, I’ve moved more into artists’ filmmaking and further consolidated my work thematically.

The plan this year is to watch more artists’ films, up my production values, get into a festival….. and upskill my physical printmaking skills as I need the balance between digital and physical.

One’s own zodiac sign is traditionally not a good year but let’s hope I put in place opportunities for the future, however short that may be, and in the meantime fully be in the present.


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Well being stuck in A&E for a day was no fun but here we go – a few more black and white brush drawings for the 100 day project (only on day 9). I’m calling this series Beachtime Stories, whether I get to 100 or not.

 


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There has to be time for fun… not that work can’t be fun as well and maybe should be, but anyhow the studio collective got together for a shared lunch the other day as a send off for one of the group who is off on two residencies over the summer.


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I have been going through some of my mono prints and realise that they are not quite enough on their own, so I have been working over them, which I also realise is what a lot of printmakers do… While I do use printmaking as part of my practice I feel I haven’t pushed it as far as it can go so that is my current mission.

I am partly inspired to do this by the upcoming exhibition with White Noise projects in September which, with its theme “Past Present” has encouraged me to work in a sustained way on just one piece. This is very much work in progress.

 

 


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I guess it’s time to make Easter cards – a bit late maybe but they seem to be drying. Water-based inks can be very very slow to dry. As well as cutting up “failed” works for cards, seasonal card-making is fun. I never make that many so it is hardly a commercial undertaking but the odd ones sell and that is good enough. Having said that, I’ve just managed to place a few at Nice Things in Ramsgate.


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