Our new stud boy “Royal Prince” has arrived! There was lots of posturing and cavorting about by all and sundry – me included – but he has settled down nicely and is currently chatting to his girlfriends to be over the fence. Horace however, (big herd boss) is not impressed!
His fleece is wonderful to work with; it felts beautifully and I'm looking forward to spinning with it, as it’s super soft to handle and a gorgeous shimmery grey.
For our Art Trail FREE Prize Draw, we all agreed to produce a card. I came up with several possibilities & finally chose one that I thought would have the most general appeal. However, there was one feisty little fellow that I was sad to reject, so I thought I'd give him his moment of fame & put him in this blog. I painted his wings with a real feather! He will be here at the studio, waiting for anyone who'd like to say hello!
In my last contribution to the Two Rivers Trail blog I was excited about tulips in a jug. Inclement weather meant cutting lino in the kitchen and waiting for the belated Spring so I could get printing in the studio. Well, the days have happily been warmer (even if the nights here in north Broadland have been a bit nippy) so inks are now more amenable and 'ready to roll'!
Armed with a cup of coffee and not quite so many layers of clothing, I was off across the yard.
In my usual fashion, I mixed colours and printed in what is an apparently random and experimental way. I do have a plan but it's not always clear to anyone else, and I do diverge! This also means that I rarely print an edition (i.e. a limited number all the same and numbered accordingly). I know that's a printmaking tradition but it's not my thing. I like it when each print has its own atmosphere and development of the composition.
Here are some of the results from my recent engagement with tulips in a jug. Their lovely curvy shapes and celebration of spring will ensure I look again. Not my first or last tulip design.
I do hope you will visit our trail during Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios which is warming up nicely. Just under a month to go.
Next weekend we have a stand in the Village Hall at the Horning Boat Show - 4th May- where you can pick up a brochure for NNOS, a trail map and an insight into our individual work.
The following Saturday 11th May we'll be at the Farmers' Market at the New Victory Hall in Neatishead , with a display and brochures for the county-wide event.
Come and meet us at either event.
We are a group who have a wide diversity of styles and media but enjoy and admire each other's work.
We'd love to share this with you.
Eleven diverse artists living and working between the rivers Ant and Bure.