Archive for May, 2009

Gallery Views

Thursday, May 21st, 2009


A stack of four views in the main exhibition space of my show at the Sayle gallery. This is the last week to see the work, so be sure to visit before closing time on Sunday

Exhibition details:-

ORIGINALS Print Exhibition 1st – 24th May 2009.

Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1:30pm-4:30pm

Sayle Gallery, Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas. IM1 2HN

Tel- 01624 674557 Email- [email protected]

Prints in show: Monotype

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Cliff Top Trees

‘Cliff Top Trees, Glen Maye’ Monotype 400 x 400 mm (image size)

One of my personal favourites. The light blissfully burning away the solidity of the trees at the top, then filtering through the filigree of foliage, finishing with the cliff face all shaggy ferns and ivy. Has a lot to do with the feel of descending into the atmosphere of Glen Maye.

Waterfall Caught Branch

‘Waterfall Caught Branch, Glen Maye’ Monotype 400 x 400 mm

The close in view gives this print a more abstract feel. The blistering white of the turbulence caused by the central rock and it’s subsequently caught branch contrast well with the dark surrounding rock and the pool beyond. This framing focuses the composition on the energy of the water coruscating with vitality.

Seaspray, Seascape

‘Sea-spray, Seascape’ Monotype 400 x 400 mm (image size)

The silvery lightness of the sea works well with the crashing foam as one wave subsides into the path of another. The strata of the black rocks look like pages of the island carved in stone, lichen punctuating the velvety black.

Rock Pool 2

‘Rock Pool 2’ Monotype 400 x 400 mm (image size)

I like the contrast of the black heavy rock and dark pooling of the centre wrapped around with silvery grey stone. All of this interlaced with the sparkle of light on water. A micro cosmos at play in a rock pool.

These are just four of the 30 monotypes in the exhibition. To see them ‘in the flesh’ and more visit the Sayle gallery, details:-

ORIGINALS Print Exhibition 1st – 24th May 2009.

Sayle Gallery, Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas. IM1 2HN

Tel- 01624 674557 Email- [email protected]

Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1:30pm-4:30pm

Digital Watercolour

Friday, May 8th, 2009

“Digital Watercolour” is a term I am using to describe a method of making original prints using paintbox software.

The starting point for me is a watercolour sketch. This is scanned into the digital environment of a painting program. This sketch gives a great ground which I then paint into with gusto, adding, softening, blotting, strengthening, highlighting.. the list is endless. All my usual artistic skills come to bare in this medium.

The print is then printed with archival paper and inks using a professional inkjet printer. The prints fulfill their “original” status by the fact that they are not facsimilie reproductions of other works. I have been asked many times if the “original painting” is for sale. Sorry folks, these prints only exist as original prints, 1/10.

The programs I use are ‘Painter’ and ‘Photoshop’, essentials in any contemporary artists tool box. I have an interesting use for ‘Illustrator’ looming. I’ll have to get a handle on vector graphics for that though!

The digital watercolours I have in the show are well documented on the site in the posts:-

Autumnal Magic (November 6th, 2007)

A Little Gathering of Sunlit Buildings (November 6th, 2007)

The following images are the latest digital watercolours to be added.

‘Rusty Roof, Cregneash’

Rusty Roof, Cregneash

‘Tree Tumbled Wall, East baldwin’

Tree Tumled Wall, East Baldwin

‘Tree, East Baldwin Valley’ (Also referred to as “Tree and Sky, East Baldwin Valley” )

Tree and Sky

My Digital Watercolour Prints are:-

* Limited edition of 1/10. Numbered and signed in pencil by artist.
* Artist emboss/chop stamped on border.
* Pigment ink on archival, acid free German etching paper.
* A3+ paper size.