Updated: Jul 24
Welcome to my newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the latest from my studio.
One of my linocuts, A Penny for Them, was recently chosen for inclusion in the National Centre for Craft and Design's Art Club exhibition. This exhibition featured a variety of artistic responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. This linocut featured within the Inside/Outside theme, looking at the inner workings of our bodies.
A Penny for Them shows three imagined homunculi (a very small human or humanoid creature) within the mind, working its cogs. Two of them are working hard but against one another, futilely trying to turn cogs in opposite directions. These cogs grinding against each other represent the troubled state of a mind where competing ideas flood together, making it hard to come to any decision. The third homunculus has settled down inside its cog to take time out from this discord. Reading a book, the third homunculus nudges us to escape from the daily grind and to let our mind run free.
The online version of the NCCD Art Club exhibition is available to view until 10 January, 2021. Three of my linocuts feature in this online exhibition: A Penny for Them, as well as Bee Kind, and my And Relax greetings cards. Copies of all three are available to purchase from my Etsy shop, or do get in touch if you are interested in a framed version.
I am currently donating 10% of sales to the British Heart Foundation, who fund vital research into heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. I am keen to raise money for this charity since I have been diagnosed with post-viral pericarditis following a probably Covid infection in March.
The Covid pandemic and lockdown, along with my continued slow recovery, has prevented me from being able to exhibit my work in person so far this year. I have enjoyed taking part in online exhibitions during this time. This included the wonderful Art in the Park exhibition, which went online in July. I also have three pieces in the Polodongo 2020 Virtual Art exhibition on Facebook. There is a great range of art included within this exhibition, much of it for sale. I do urge you to check it out.
If you are starting to think about Christmas, have you considered art as a gift? A painting can be a really thoughtful, unique present. I am available for commissions if you're interested in being part of the journey from initial idea to final artwork.
You can look at my website to get an idea of the range of work I produce. You might like a certain style of painting, or have an idea of a colour palette that you like. I am very happy to work with you to build on these ideas. With fluid art in particular there is always an element of unpredictability in the creation. No two pieces could ever be the same. Of course, that is what makes original art so special. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to know more.