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The joy of sketch

I use sketchbooks as a starting point for nearly all my work. Drawing nourishes my ideas and practice. Looking at the sketchbooks of other artists can provide a way in to understanding their work, drawing is often transformative, allowing us … Continue reading

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Heroic Herons

A short post today, inspired by time spent watching a preening grey heron this weekend on the Water of Leith. After sitting down to draw the bird, I would thoroughly recommend ‘heron-watching’ as a way to spend some quality time. … Continue reading

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Combining Techniques

I recently taught a one-day workshop at Leith School of Art showing students how to combine two different printmaking techniques – collagraph and monotype. Those of you who know me and my work will be aware that I am pretty … Continue reading

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The humble dunnock…

I recently completed a sunlit dunnock screen print, after watching and drawing a pair of these beautiful but unassuming birds one cold, clear January day in Holyrood park. This prompted me to look into these birds, which have been under-represented … Continue reading

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2013: The year in review

It has been a busy year with lots of uplifting events to spur me on as an artist. My mission continues to be to appreciate nature and the natural world more myself and celebrate its wonder and diversity in my … Continue reading

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The Living Goldcrest

As promised this post is about a goldcrest which is very much alive and bursting with colour – my latest addition to the British Birds screen print series in fact! Here is a photo essay of the making of the … Continue reading

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The Dead Goldcrest

Whilst I was in Ullapool six weeks ago an unfortunate thing happened. A beautiful, perfectly-formed female goldcrest flew into a large window in my host’s house. Sad as this was, it gave me the opportunity to really study this bird … Continue reading

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