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Saturday, 31 May 2014

See my new work in Masham Gallery 'surface' exhibition......


Opens Friday 30th (continues until 13th July)

The entire exhibition room is completely different again with this exhibition up. Everything has a beautiful 'touchable' quality from jewellery to ceramics, handmade books to paintings and prints - you can see and feel the makers marks.
Here is just a very tiny taster - there's so much more in the gallery...
Catherine Morris, Mirror Pool £365
Ceramics, Kath Bonson, from £25
Joan Newall Bobbin book £10
Bren Head block £150
Liz Samways pendant £34
Embossing, Jacqui Dodds £150
Papercutting, Kimberli Werner £125

Friday, 30 May 2014

Be brave........

Two posts in one day......;-)

This is my Kim Klassen photograph for this week.

The task is about backgrounds ---- I've gone for minimalist - my dining room table. 

I had to move the nappy mat and teddy bear - granny duty paraphernalia! 

Has to be said that minimalist is not always my style - often it's mega clutter!

Haslams of Hexham.........

 Delivered 5 new pieces of work to Haslams of Hexham Gallery, Northumberland, yesterday.

They were beautifully framed by Mark Spencer who has a regular stand at Tynemouth Market and has been framing my work for almost 30 years!

If you're in the area call in and visit them! Ben Haslams gallery is a delight of contemporary art, antiques and art supplies ....... worth an explore.

Saturday, 24 May 2014


This weeks theme for Kim Klassens 'Be Still - Fifty Two' class is 'breathe'.

Last weeks was 'stillness'.

Both of these come together for me in this shot of crisp green apples. 

The photograph was taken at my dear friend, Heathers house. 

She is an artist and interior designer extraordinaire, and a visit to her home is a rich and creative pleasure which for me doesn't happen often enough as we live so far apart!

Here is an enormous Davisons glass stand full of colour.........

Photograph taken on my Cannon IXUS 125 HS and edited on my  i pad.

I have no clue as to how to apply the techniques and backgrounds that Kim talks about, so just playing with image, form, colour and the rule of thirds with the word 'simple'.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Black and white.......

Kim Klassens texture Tuesday challenge this and white.......

What do you think.....?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Exploding box ........!

Made this fab exploding box with Hels Sheridan 

I will get around to making another one at some point with my own paper

I will never, ever make the flowers again Hels, far too fiddly by far for my kind of liking!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mellow yellow.......

Yellow is Kim Klassens Texture Tuesday theme - go and have a look at her web site her photographs are pure beauty- mine - well more quirky than beautiful - the first one is of my granddaughters toy box ;-)

But hey,I'm starting Kim's  'Be Still - 52' class tomorrow - a years worth of tutorials and encouragement, so my photos might take on a more classy style yet! 

Saturday, 10 May 2014


Things have been very serious around here. 

Getting ready for the art tour thing and moving studio. Yesterday I just felt that I wanted to play and found these old box files when I moved space, so they either had to go........or be more interesting/useful.

Set about collaging and then stencilling with acrylics. Let one dry and moved to work on the other and then back again to do some stamping with hand-carved stamps (stars). Then some adding Washi tape and stamps.

An afternoon of colour, mess and play! 

So they went from.......dull old files to quite interesting storage boxes :-)

What do you think?

Thursday, 8 May 2014


  Busy day framing ....getting ready for Network Artists Art Tour in this space :-)

New space.........

Warm, dry, the permanent cuppa ;-) 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Kim Klassens texture Tuesdays theme this week is ------cuppa

Here are a few images in response to Kim's call for 'cuppa' images for texture Tuesday ----

Some of my old cups and saucers that live in a dresser in my living room....and a couple of my granddaughters tea set, which she loves to play with.........