This is the latest finished piece, ‘Eleven Stars’. It measures 25 x 50 cm. The stormy background is one of many pieces of random cloth I paint when I do a demonstration of printing and painting techniques in my workshops. I keep them all, and indeed some have every technique I use thrown at them, and often in colours I choose at random, usually in a mild panic as I try to keep the ‘audience’ interested. I have been using a lot of these prints recently in my landscapes, I quite like their extra-random over active appearance.
The full work.
And a detail, followed by a couple more close ups.
I’ m thinking of resurrecting a children’s book I started 9 years ago. It’s not textile, it’s drawn using pen and watercolour, and got as far via an agent as being shown to a couple of publishers. The agent was a helpful person I must say in terms of the text, which she helped me sort, but I was a little disappointed when she said the publishers [no names, I’ll keep those to myself] thought the illustrations were more suited to natural history reference books. I couldn’t take this as any sort of complement as my work was patently jolly cartoon like creatures, and to compare it to the amazing work of the illustrators who produce such images shows that these particular publishers are sadly very poorly educated. You would think that they would have a bit of a better grasp on current and historical illustration wouldn’t you? Off the old soapbox now, it’s only taken me 9 years to get it together mentally and realise, with the help of having self published ‘Into the Cacao Grove’, that diy cuts out the daddy dreadful doubters. All I have to do is finish it….I’ll post a couple of the completed paintings.