I’m finding mixed media very liberating as I experiment with lots of techniques in mark making, some conventional and some less so. I have found a use for lots of old paperclips, vinegar, needles and cotton and matches so far. I have sketched a plan for a moth picture (based on a pair I observed a few summers ago in Kincraig) and I’m now exploring ways to represent their delicate bodies locked in a camouflaged embrace with subtle marks, colours and textures.
Current work – I am experimenting with mixed media (cotton rag paper, ink, watercolour, burning, stitching, and anything else) based on butterflies. This is a specimen I found in the garden, but I am also working on butterflies I’ve seen in the tropical house of the Botanic Gardens, St Andrews. This butterfly is on a 30cm x 30cm square of paper.
I have been busy lately and have some new oils and watercolours to be shown at my upcoming open studios. I will post pictures of them all after the exhibition, but here are a couple to whet the appetite!
I am taking part in this for the next two weekends and look forward to sharing my work with visitors, if you can make it along:
During the winter this little flock of sparrows spent a lot of time in the bramble bushes and scrub at the top of the cliff above the local beach, with the backdrop of the bright sea.