Impressions of Nature

My ideas around the ‘Observe project’ I mentioned in my last post have been taking shape,   in its simplest form it is about recording the world in which I fine myself, my day to day engagement with the landscape the flora, fauna and changing seasons.

John Virtue in conversation with Andrew Graham Dixon said “Walking and drawing…these works were a visual diary of my existence of each day, the drawings are like walking through your own life…its about mortality”…

Picasso said “Je Suis Le Cahier: I am my sketchbooks…”

I am still not entirely sure how this project will culminate but hope to make a book/journal…I will certainly be exhibiting selected pieces from the body of work in October.  At the moment most of the work is printmaking…with great enthusiasm!  I am absolutely loving playing with inks, press and foliage, exploring colour and composition and searching out new flora to make impressions from.

I will be popping a few of my smaller pieces in an online etsy shop at a special January only introductory price if you would like to have a peep.  Here are a few of my newest pieces…

 

Also it is only a few days until the end of my January Sale with 50% off I wouldn’t like you to miss out on a bargain!

 

 

 

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WOW £637.50 !!!

Today I had the extreme pleasure of posting 3 cheques for £212.50, one each for Compassion in World Farming, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Mousehole Wild bird Hospital.

And just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped me to make it possible. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to everyone who bought, shared, encouraged, liked and stayed with me for the 100 days. I could not have done it without you.

Here are a few of the paintings sold in my ‘100 Things Wild’ Challenge 100 paintings in 100 days.

 

 

2016 – Feeling inspired

I have a number of projects lined up for 2016,many of which are not fully formed in my mind at the moment.  As you may have noticed, I have an ongoing relationship with animals, wild life and the wider natural world and this  will flow through all of my work I have no doubt.

In one of these projects “Observe (or) A View From Here” (2 possible working titles) I will explore the place I call home (between Helston and Redruth in rural west ish Cornwall) and the surrounding countryside. I am considering moving house over the next couple of years and want to focus a little of my energy recording and documenting my experience of being here.  I walk most days, photographing and collecting with a strange kind of compulsion as I go, always mentally recording the changing seasons and the ebb and flow of the weather cycles, flora and fauna.  The painter John Virtue said something along the lines, that his paintings are the only record of his presence in the landscape.  I do paint and draw the landscape, but I dont feel my visual language for this has settled yet, so this is an area for my focus.  I have always photographed and made prints of objects found and will continue with this, together with gathering narratives and of course painting and drawing the birds and animals who share the space.  I have an exhibition booked at the wonderful Helston Museum in October where this project will be exhibited.

Here are a few examples of I might further explore and some of my ideas so far.

If you would like to hear of my plans as they unfold please feel free to join my mailing list  or follow my pages on Twitter or Facebook, I am toying with the idea of offering printmaking workshops again in 2016 and places will be very limited.

I hope you have a very happy, peaceful and creative 2016

Best wishes

Suzy