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Tuesday 24 February 2015

A Spring journal of random thoughts

It's the season of Lent. I wasn't in the mood to give up things but after learning that the English word for the forty days of fasting preceding Holy Week means 'Spring', I felt inspired to mark the lengthening days (Lent and lengthen have the same Germanic roots) with a small sketch from life and a few thoughts.

The cheap brown paper spiral bound book I'd bought a few weeks ago was perfect for my #LentNotes . . . and instead of the usual photos of cats, hens and flowers I will be posting one page a day on Instagram

Each page takes between 10 and 30 minutes and is like a drawing meditation, time out from the day's necessary tasks.


Thursday 12 February 2015

My designs for Rathfinny Music Festival

Alongside my prints and cards I produce from my own ideas and designs I am increasingly asked to work on commissions. I can only tell you about them here on my blog, once the client has launched/printed/published their project; I keep an eye on their web sites to see if I spot that my work has gone public.

Well, today I noticed that a lovely project I worked on just before Christmas was on the Rathfinny Estate web site, I was asked to supply decorative illustrations for a wonderful music festival they have planned for this June, more info here.

This is a spread from the festival programme.

I worked with oboist Emily Pailthorpe of the London Conchord Ensemble to visualise and bring to life the images she had in mind, inspired by the music which all has links to the sea and also to the art of the Bloomsbury group as seen at Charleston, which is near the Rathfinny Estate. She had in mind something like a 1930's art textile design, it needed to include a whale, a sail boat, a Venetian gondola, grape vines and waves . . . one wave had to be morphing into a violin's scroll.

I suggested creating a single image which could be cropped and taken apart, a bit like a jigsaw of the images Emily had in mind. Sam, the designer working on the event publicity supplied a pdf template as a guide for where the different elements needed to fit.

I'd set myself a tricky challenge! But it came together and this is the result . . .

If you live down on the Sussex coast near Alfriston, look out for the posters and publicity, maybe you will be lucky to go along to 'A Sumptuous Weekend Festival of Chamber Music and Wine in a Sussex Vineyard' – doesn't that sound a particularly splendid event?!

This wasn't part of the original brief, but I love how the designers have used part of my illustration for the sea in this map of how to find the Rathfinny Estate.

I haven't yet visited the vineyard but I hope to in the near future. And it was really interesting to work with Emily and to transfer her 'sound pictures' into a linocut.


Friday 6 February 2015

Eric lived here!

Never believe everything weather forecasters say . . . yes it was chilly, yes it was cold in the wind BUT LOOK it is SUNNY! the sky is BLUE . . .

Let's go for a walk . . .

After working this morning (there are a few photos on Instagram) and needing to visit somewhere after lunch we found ourselves in Castle Hedingham this afternoon. 

I'd printed off a walking route and we set off along the north Essex farm tracks . . .

. . . and sunken lanes glowing in the sunshine

About an hour and half later we were back in the village 

I wonder who lived in this elegant brick house near to where we parked the car?

OH! well well!

And just around the corner from Eric Ravilious's former home is a rather marvelous tea room . . .

. . . very nice cakes and a pot of Suffolk Blend Tea!


More photos of our walk can be found here.

Have a lovely weekend