Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time flies!

I can't believe that I only have 12 more days before I go back to the UK.  I have been really busy getting paintings finished and revamping my website, which I am hoping will go live soon.

Since I have been here, I have partaken in two exhibitions at Ventana Fine Art and prepared two paintings for the Small Works, Great Wonders show at the  National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  Barry and I enjoyed the Paint Out day on Canyon Road, Santa Fe and met lots of clients and lovely people.  It was fun. Lots of good food and of course, wonderful art!! We have painted up in the mountains and at Ghost Ranch and to be honest, I am not really ready to leave beautiful New Mexico yet.

I am working on a really big painting at the moment and have documented the stages because I have had many requests to show my way of working.  I am sorry I have been so bad at dealing with these requests, but, well, as you know, I have had a busy year.  I will post this next time... 

Thanks for sticking with me during these difficult months.  Your kind words have been so helpful.

So, here are a few photos from the last few weeks.

On the easel and pretty much done!

At the Canyon Road Paint out. Photo by Jennifer Davenport.

Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch

Painting up in the Sangre de Cristos

The colours we so amazing.

I think Connie did such a great job hanging of these little ones.   
Me and my some of my work at Ventana Fine Art

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Exhibition

I am back in New Mexico now and getting ready for our show on 3rd October.  I will be here until 18th November.  It's wonderful to be back and I am looking forward to staying in one place for a while after all the running about I have had to do this last seven months.   Once the show is over I am excited to get out and paint.

If you are in or near Santa Fe, please come to our opening.

Native-Beauty - Landscape Show featuring Barry McCuan and Lynne Windsor

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Views from my MA show.

Hello all,

Our private view was fantastic.  I couldn't get over how many friends and family came.  Friends from Scotland, Gloucestershire and London and my daughter and son came from Somerset and London.  It was incredible.  I felt quite overwhelmed and honoured.

Me installing the show.
For the show, I had bought a secondhand museum cabinet and installed various different little projects in each drawer.  It was fascinating to watch people gravitate to the drawers.  Forget those prints on the wall... it was the drawers that grabbed the attention!!

Here are some photos of the installation, plus Barry and I at the opening.

Barry and I at the Private View

The installation

I placed some of the copper plates in the bottom drawer.  Amazing how the colours matched!
Pond, wings and landscape etchings.

Entomology containers with beetle etchings.

I included some little specimen paintings in one of the drawers and the painted the lids of two specimen boxes, which contained a beetle etching.

The specimen drawer -  showing many variations of prints, some two plate etchings and prints showing the stages of a print.

Nineteen plate etching of beetles.

This drawer contained the seven stages of the etching, including a ghost print.  

I really liked this grouping, but it was changed in the final installation.

The show continues until 11th September and then I have to take it down on 12th.  It will be sad.  I had so much fun installing it, with the help of Barry.  It is finally the end of three years of hard work and some really great times.  What next?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MA Degree Show 2014

Hello all,  there is just over one week to go before the Private View of our MA Degree show. I have been painting a lot too as I wanted to include some little 'specimen' paintings.. a sort of nod to the theme of entomology which is what my final project is all about.

The final project reflects my conflicted feelings inspired by the Victorian obsession with science and nature and their desire to harness and categorise it.  Elements of capture and release whilst simultaneously enjoying the opportunity to observe in great detail have informed this body of work. I have played with scale, employing various intaglio techniques to create an installation of beetles escaping from their entomological cases back to the environment, whilst simultaneously playing with microscopic elements which would not be possible without their capture.

I am so looking forward to September 4th.  So much hard work has gone into all our work.  It will be sad when it is all over, but I do need to get back to a more normal life!!

Please come if you are in the vicinity!

Here are a couple of images from the show.

Two plate etching - 7 cm x 7 cm

Stow cum Quy - specimen painting 10 x 10 cm
Beetle box - etchings, on photo polymer prints from original photographs.  
That's all for now... see you at the show!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another session of catching up!

Hello everyone, 

Can you believe that it is now July and the last post was in April? 

Three beautiful years came to an end when I handed in my Final Masters Project on May 16th and left the print room for a while.  It has been such an amazing experience and I am thankful to everyone who supported me during this time, especially my husband, Barry McCuan.  I have to say that the Print room at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University is absolutely wonderful and I am going to be dragged kicking and screaming from the print room when it is finally all over in September!   John Williams, our genius of a technician has added to the fabulous experience with his technical prowess.  Not only is John a wonderful technician, but he is also an inspired artist in his own right having graduated with an MA from Camberwell School of Art a number of years ago.  So anyone thinking of doing an MA in Printmaking.... Cambridge is a great choice!

Barry arrived a few days after I handed in my project and we drove down to Cornwall and had a lovely few days down there.  I needed the break before we came back to sort out my Dad's house.  It has been really tough,  and the newly discovered underground water leak hasn't helped!   Hopefully it will be fixed soon... it has only been five months since I first reported it.  Lovely insurance companies!!!!!

Painting on Chapel Porth beach

On the Coastal path above Kynance Cove, Cornwall.
We had Eddie to stay for a week or so and we took him on a little painting trip into Norfolk searching for a poppy field, which amazingly we found.  I think it might have been the only one!

Eddie the perfect painters' companion!

I have managed to get a small amount of painting done, mainly in my sketch book, but now I am back in the print room preparing for our MA show.  There are just a few more things I want to add to my installation, but here is a sneak preview!

Entomology - etchings

Will be back sooner next time!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter everyone!

Spring is definitely here and I have managed to squeeze a little painting time in between finalising my MA project.  I love the fact that I can get on my bike with all my painting gear and just cycle along the towpath of the River Cam.   

Later I found the lovely spot at Stow cum Quy that my friend Mel introduced me to a few years ago. Quy is prounounced Kwai.  Locally the bridge I was standing on is known as The Bridge over the River Quy/Kwai, although officially it is called Quy water.
Stow cum Quy

River Cam towpath
Four weeks to go until I hand in my work for assessment and that will be the end, except for summer access and our exhibition in September. 

Almost three years glorious years of printmaking and how incredible it has been.  I keep saying I am going to be dragged kicking and screaming from Anglian Ruskin University's print room.  

Now to get on with some gardening.  I am trying to maintain my Dad's standards, but sadly, it's not possible at the moment.

Bye for now.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Becoming an orphan.

Well, life changed for me on the 4th February.  Sadly my father passed away and I am now coping with the aftermath of this awful event.  I am so glad that I got to spend the last five years with him. 

Many of you know about all the form filling and horribleness that you have to deal with, but it's a first for me and yes, I do feel sorry for myself at times.  I am an only child and therefore it is all falling on my shoulders.  

Here is a sweet photo of me and my Dad chatting as I painted in my makeshift studio in his house.  

He was my rock and I miss him so much.

To restore my sanity, after three weeks I finally made it back to University and got back to printmaking.  The deadline for my final project is mid May and I am now panicking a little!  All this on top of all that form filling!  The last words Dad really said to me was you must finish your MA and that's what I am trying to do.  

Sorry to those who have already heard this, but many of you just get my blog and not the Facebook page.  

So this is what I have been up to.    Two etchings, all part of my big final project.

Stream - Soft ground, sugar lift aquatint - 22 x 15 cm - in progress I think.

Titanus giganteus - Hard ground etching - 22 x 15 cm
Thank goodness the daffodils are finally coming out.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Catching up!

It's almost the end of January!  I can't believe it.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!   

After spending Christmas with my Dad and Aunt, I drove down to Gloucestershire to spend a lovely creative New Year with my friend Annie.  I think I have mentioned before that she has a charming dog called Eddie.  It's always good to go on long walks with him and Norman, Eddie's little friend, who is equally charming, if somewhat mischievous.  Not that you would think so looking at his photo!
In December I had volunteered to help some young school children, who attend a Saturday morning art club.  They were coming into the Anglia Ruskin University printroom to do some relief printing.  They inspired me so much with their wonderful images, I thought... hmmm, I think I will have to have another go at this.  Whilst I am by no means an expert, I have had so much fun and below are some of my attempts, cut up and collaged to make some cards.  

Of course, I did a little painting too.  I do find that doing the printmaking has really loosened up my painting.  I think the two definitely feed each other.  Does anyone else experience this?

Near Annie's ii 6  x 6 " Oil/Panel
Near Annie's i 5 x 7" Oil/Panel

Finally,  last but not least, today we hung our latest Printmaking exhibit.  Some alumni and final year MA Printmakers are having an exhibition in Cambridge.   It opens tomorrow, with a Private View on Wednesday, 29th January, 2014, 6 - 9.  Details are below.  Please come along if you can.  We would love to see you there.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Paul Klee, Mira Schendal, new etchings and my 60th Birthday!

Hello everyone,

Last week I entered my seventh decade and feel somewhat relieved that it has arrived and I can stop worrying about it!  My eldest daughter texted me to say that she had taken annual leave in order to help me get my free bus pass! 

On the Wednesday I enjoyed a birthday lunch at the pub with my peers from University and then drove off to London for more fun.  My wonderful children had organised some lovely birthday treats and surprises and I spent five days in London relaxing, having dinner with friends, family and going to Tate Modern.  There was lots of cake and presents and I was very very spoilt!
What an amazing cake!
The Paul Klee exhibition was large.  He was so prolific and innovative.  Just marvellous.  I fell in love with 'Gaze of Silence'.  I can't explain it really.  It is not necessarily something I would normally like so much, but the colours were so rich yet subtle and I was smitten.   Like so many paintings,  it has to be seen in the flesh in order to be fully appreciated.

                                "Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible"
                                                     Paul Klee, Creative Confession and other 1920. Tate Publishing

Gaze of Silence - Oil on burlap  56.6 x 70.5 cm  1932

The other treat of the day was Mira Schendal's exhibition.  I was particularly taken by two rooms,  (for lots more you can go here as this blog has many photographs.)

The two rooms which I liked the most consisted of multiple images on Japanese paper hung between perspex.  The first space included images similar to the image below.   The second room consisted of off white writings in acrylic on Japanese paper.  The words were barely visible but hung collectively it was so effective.  I loved it.  Oh! to be able to construct something so subtle and lovely yet so powerful. 

Graphic Object 1967 by Mira Schendel, a the Tate Modern. Photograph: Mira Schendel Estate (sourced from The Guardian)
The best photo I could find to describe the rooms is below, sourced from this blog

I have also been working away at my etchings and here are a few of the latest prints.
Musk Beetle front view - Hardground etching & aquatint.
Dragonfly on Water - Soft ground, hard ground, aquatint etching.

Stag beetle - hard ground etching, sugarlift aquatint.
Finally, I played with some drafting film the other day and then exposed the drawing onto a solar plate.  Lots of fun and potential.  

Automaton beetle - solar plate etching from drawing on drafting film.

That's all for now.