I can’t help thinking how lucky I am to have a big studio with lots of time when no-one is there. I have suspended my print and drawing club sessions which is a huge shame as they were really getting going and really enjoyable.

Anyhow, onwards with the lino prints of Chinese objects from my own collection and that of my parents. I might print them into a book although I’m not sure I could do that many prints so might be better to make a book….

Self isolation does mean lots of time to make work and stay connected via social media… Loads of hashtags to follow including #covid19artistsathome #fronteerlockdown #isolationartschool #artistsupportpledge among many many others.

I’ve started a new series of ink drawings


I have what people refer to as a diverse practice or as I prefer to say “I work across genres”….. So I did this mind map which started as a kind of circle of different activities so I guess I’ll do another one.



So in view of the Corona virus pandemic and my “underlying health condition” I am trying to keep calm by keeping busy… so with Easter coming up I’ve been doing more lino cuts and got this one done in a day! I am planning also a three-colour version and/or possibly reduction print.

No Easter eggs – just the moon and radishes.


The paper for this was so absorbent it was really hard to work with and I am so impatient I didn’t wait for all the layers to dry but I am actually quite ok with it. I did wait overnight though when the paper started to get really wet. (NB it is a different drawing from the one I posted previously.)

Apart from staying at home as much as I can, I am wondering about going to private views …. being immuno compromised makes being in even small gatherings seem risky.


Residencies are impossible for me at the moment even though I always read through the opportunities and wish I could do them!

At the moment I am working in “families” rather than series as suggested by a curator who visited my studio last week. It was the first time I’ve had a curator visit and she was there for an hour. It was really exciting and so rewarding to be able to talk about my work and even sell 2 small pieces and reserve 2 more. Quite unexpected I have to say

I’m carrying on with the 2-weekly chemo drawings

but also starting on a new “family” of ink drawings – to start with of my mother from photos. She was and still is so beautiful though complex. This is work in progress and I have made her rather severe, which is very much how she seemed to me as a child and when I was younger.

I am showing 15 of the Hug those you love drawings for a month from mid-April and made a selection for framing with artist and co-director of DAD (Dover Arts Development).

It went very quickly – I was quite nervous as I thought they were paintings and I am so in awe of her paintings but as she was  adamant they were drawings I relaxed a little.




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