Scotland 2018

the ferry on our way home :(

I put the work up in the Village Hall on my last day. After fretting that I had not made much progress it is reassuring to see the work laid out and to be able to see that there is something there. Some of the paintings work, the drawings will give me lots to work from, some of the monotypes have worked really well, and others I will use as chine collee in future prints. I have had lots of thoughts in the last week about juxtaposing some of these with new plates and blocks- to explore further the contrasts and similarities between the different surfaces. The quick drawings of the sea give me lots of shapes and colour to work with in some new prints. And I have got Collagraph and Etching plates to bring back to the studio and work on. We had tea and scones and a Monoprinting Workshop. Another summer over!

Had a lot of fun in the last few days making Collagraph plates to take back to the studio. The best days have been when I have stayed out all day, really feeling the landscape, being in it. The ‘mobile studio’ is ok (well, apart from the fact that my 50+ year old knees don’t like it!), but I much prefer being outside - I seem to move and make different marks. These are all made on the beach, responding to the tide coming in, working with the splashes and using the sea to contribute to the marks. I’ll see how they print. Some of the marks are, I think, too slight and will not print very well but I can hope, and add to them back in the studio.