Tuesday, 16 January 2018

a shortened walk.

 my snowman!

 We walked over to Hannahston Woodland walk
 Then the snow pellets started, stinging faces and melting in corners...so I turned back...and retraced steps

 and by the time I'd got half way home, an inch of snow had covered all of our footprints
Since 3pm the snow and ice warning has increased to Amber until after breakfast tomorrow, and it has been snowing most of the time so far.

More printing tomorrow!

A day indoors! (mostly)

The snow started lightly at the time that the Yellow Warning for ice and snow started.
 We were on our way to an indoor turbo training session at Prestwick Yacht Club - it has members who are also members of a local cycle club who organize the sessions.
A good session,led by the Pirate on the whistle based on a programme that his late coach Malcolm Firth gave him.

Then a quick visit to Sainsbugs to the reduced departments...one quick basketful later we emerged to the air full of slush!!  A short wait in the foyer for a break in proceedings followed by slopping across to the car!   The thought of calling past As-mart was quickly cancelled as was going via the bypass! 
Home straight through Ayr..and it was interesting to see how what was falling changed to rain, then back to sleet as we headed out of town.

This was the view this morning...we'll go out for a walk in a minute between snow showers, taking the camera. Fresh air and real light is obligatory every day unless its really raining, snowing or blowing hard.
If we do need to leave the village we'll go by bus.

After lunch I'll be back printing on the new paper with the new block...can't wait!!

Monday, 15 January 2018

"hot off the press!"

 First impression looks good.

The printing rig..a glass chopping board, a length of shallow skirting board, bits of pukka tea box and tape...is working well.  I need to think of a bigger base for A3 paper, only A4 and smaller will do on this.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

New print,Middle Road

The latest two prints are about to go on Etsy,  now to start work on the next one,especially as the rain and hail are beating down and the wind is roaring in the chimney, despite the draught excluder...

 The tool on the left I bought in the recycling centre in Blenheim in New Zealand.
I've just sharpened it and it is so good in the hand.

I've done two pencil rubbings as I go, but now the next step is test printing.

Today's job,however, was marmalade!!

A visit to Cumnock

 Banksy style, Kier Hardie
Scots style cafe

Friday, 12 January 2018


These were on our midday walk on Wednesday.

Yesterday I wish I'd been able to capture the sky colour on our afternoon drive home from Glasgow.
Starting with an orange ball sinking past the clouds, to puffy grey clouds with a pink strawberry colour base, and a sky of orange, apricot and peach tones.
Further on, twenty miles later, the sky was a darker red, with cold green streaks and shading up into an icy pale blue, deepening as you looked further upwards.

Being an artist and a driver is not always an easy combination! However I did drive safely.

Today , after having had an hour's session on the Glasgow velodrome yesterday, we had planned a light road ride as it is dry and not icy... it is blowing hard and getting colder rapidly. No road ride then,back to riding the turbo,watching the trees wave and the jackdaws play on the wind or hang on tight on the wires!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Afternoon escape

We deserted the housework and shed sorting and headed South!!

There are still patches of ice around, even on the main roads. Better judgement won and we stayed on the main road as far as we could. The weather wasn't too bad, a little drizzly and misty, and as we went further south, warmer...even a degree or so when you start at just over freezing point, counts!

The first stop was The Gallery at Lauriston to talk to Phil Mcmenemy
A fantastic photographer and artist..and fellow veggie to boot.
I took my prints there for his opinion....and it is good...relief!!  He had some good observations and relevant advice...and if I develop my work a bit further,I could be in with a chance for the next Winter mixed exhibition. Gives me time and confidence to work in directions I'd already thought about.

Late lunch at the Harbour Lights in Kirkcubright.  No paper supplies as the print studio I'd planned to buy them from was closed.
Onwards in the dusk to Castle Douglas, a visit to a print shop wasn't fruitful...far too glossy for linoprinting. Down the road to another Emporium..Gem..a place packed with all sorts of art and craft goodies!
I was very lucky...a parcel had just arrived from Italy...paper made from 50% cotton..made for hand printing...not the usual A sizes, I'll get five A4 sheets and quite a few smaller sheets from each one..not bad at £1.25 a sheet..but I musn't waste any of this lovely stuff!

Castle Douglas is a lovely friendly small town. I love to browse around the small shops..and there are no huge supermarkets sucking the life out of the town. Just a couple of smaller ones...and one of those is the Co-op!

No time for browsing, we turned for home and nearly sixty miles to drive in the dark.

Now to get printing...bigger...and smaller!!