Monday, 6 May 2013

Week 5: Penzance to Falmouth 'In the Studio'

After getting over the stiff legs I tried really hard to get straight back into the studio to start the daily prints. I didn't make it into the studio for over a week. This reluctance to start was difficult to explain as I was happy with the sketches and ideas that I had collected during the walk. I finally realised that part of my brain had convinced itself that I had finished the project as I had already editioned 260 prints and had an exhibition. So, after having a firm word with myself I finally got down to it again.

This carborundum & drypoint print is called "Jackdaws at Carrick Luz" - Day 30. I am particularly pleased with this one as the day itself was a difficult one. I had struggled all day to find anything that I wanted to draw and had effectively written it off, I was just walking with a totally blank mind and only sore feet to focus on. As we trudged across the plateau towards Coverack a flock of Jackdaws flew across our path. The image, although fleeting, was very powerful, a quick memory sketch that evening and the days work was done. I love the way that the birds look like abstracted black shapes at first and then as they separate they take on their bird forms. I may do this image as a larger colour monoprint.

I am taking part in the Totnes and Dartington Open Studios again this year. It runs from 24th - 27th May and my studio will be open from 10am - 5pm. On show will be the daily prints from Outline South West as well as many other prints for sale off the peg.

See link for on-line brochure:

Week 6 - Itinerary

11 May Falmouth to Portscatho
12 May Portscatho to Boswinger
13 May Boswinger to Pentewan
14 May Pentewan to Par
Back in the Studio
29 May Par to Fowey
30 May Fowey to Looe
31 May Looe to Tregonhawke
 1 Jun Tregonhawke to Plymouth


  1. I'm not surprised that you found it difficult to wind up to getting going on the next set of prints, but such success with your surprise of jackdaws - it's a wonderful image which completely conveys the feeling of together-but-separate-ness that a flock of startled birds can generate. Lovely.

    1. Thanks for your comment Olga. Having just read your latest blog post about creative buzz I am reassured that the excitement comes and goes and that this cannot be rushed or predicted. Problems arise when, like me, you create self imposed deadlines to complete projects!