Horse Whorls

Horse Whorls

A whorl is a patch of hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the hair. Whorls occur on animals with hairy coats and are often found on horses and cows. Locations where whorls are found in equines include the stomach, face, poll, neck, chest, flanks and sometimes in random, odd places on the body. Hair whorls in horses are also known as crowns, swirls, trichoglyphs or cowlicks and can be either clockwise or counter clockwise in the direction of growth. One study has found that horses can be shown to have left or right footed lateral motion depending on the direction of growth of their whorls., the beliefs of how you can predict intelligence and behaviour is endless.

For now I have just released two Whorl Etching Prints for sale that I photographed whilst in Southern France from a horse I was caring for during the winter months.

After the lengthy process of creating each etched steel plate at the famous John Howards Studio in Penryn, it will it take me at least one meditive hour to ink up each plate, scrim off the ink and polish the plate before the magical alchemy of paper and ink come together through the press as seen in the videos below.

The visual quality of the print becomes almost 3D which a normal photographic print cannot seem to achieve. A photo etching becomes a beautiful marriage of textures, depth, detail and movement.

These will be editioned at just 15 copies available at my online store THE PRINT SHOP.

VIMEO Basic to VIMEO PLUS - yay!

I bit the bullet today after many years being on a free Basic VIMEO account and have upgraded to VIMEO PLUS which with a PROMO CODE I managed to hunt down on Google got me 30% off the annual sub, which brought it down from £79 pa to £58 p.a. just under a fiver a month. Which now enables me to upload up to a max of 5GB per week and no waiting in the queue for uploads, plus you can make 'Albums' of specific videos to keep in one place for viewers which is very handy for my Printmaking as seen here below.

I do love VIMEO it has such classy simplistic style compared to YouTube which is so busy in appearance.

Jellyfish I & II new photo etchings for sale

My newest plates are two fascinating beauties that I photographed on Porth Kidney Sands a few weeks ago at low tide where they were stranded in their hundreds due to the warm seas we have been experiencing of late. The detail that the photopolymer plates is spectatular and also quite out of space galactic.

Inked by my own fair hands with super deep Prussian Blue and hand pulled on Fabriano 285gm Fine Art archival paper, these are going to be a small edition of 15 copies only and will be part of a future set of more species.

If you would love one of these hot off the press click here & here 

 

Field of Dreams

 

New work a new plate a run of small editions, it has a delightful delicious feel of tranquility and peace :) There is 15% discount on all purchases this week only. 

Purchase here 15% discount offer

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The printing press has landed

Occassionally magical days happens in ones life and on the 16th April 2018 was one of those days when after driving up to Ironbridge the origin and heart of The Industrial Revolution, a historic subject that I learnt about so well from my school days - I collected my very own Gunning Arts Printing Press. 

One of the most magical things that happened excluding the wonderful 4 hours I spent with the very talented printmaker herself Jenny Gunning BA Hons was the fact that the press and its 48 inch wheel actually managed to fit into the back of our Saab Estate, which in itself was a massive relief !

I am looking forward to many happy times printing and pulling my prints.

Praa Sands

Low tide enabled me to discover the delights and the secret beach of Hendra, the rocks the colours the forms shapes never cease to delight they always feel to me that they do not really belong here but further west down Cot Valley or Nanjizal.

I love this place, it has everything I need and more. 

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The Beast from the East

On Tuesday the 27th February it began to snow in Cornwall like never before well not at least maybe since the 60s., the Beast from the East, the Siberian storm front arrived with us and brought everything in its path to a flying halt. Mid afternoon the snow fell and fell very heavily and the strangest sight was to see the local birds the gulls, pigeons and jackdaws take to the skies in great confusion probably because they had not experienced it before.

It was mad and quite exciting to walk to our local supermarket Sainsburys a 30 min walk away in a flying bizzard and one that was survived.

 Helston in the snow

Helston in the snow

 

 

Horse Play or Fighting

On the West Cornwall Great Flat Lode Trail walking with Louie I came across these two beautiful equines which for a steady hour continued to play fight who knows why, probably to amuse themselves in the cold winter sunshine and to remeber who they are. They were a lovely subject to study and a sweet moment to record.

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Praa Sands Houses

Precariously they stand at the edge of our coastline standing sentry watching the sea alone in their privilege. Contrasting in both design and size and length of time they have remained.

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project venetian dogs

I love DOGS and I LOVE Venezia so my future photographic series whilst visiting La Serenissima over the next two weeks of Christmas and New Year 2017/8 it seemed a very obvious choice for a documentary photographic project. Venice doesn't have streets and roads and not even squares and alleys. Venice consists of Calli, Campi and Campielli.and it will be along these atmospheric places that I shall be practicing my very basic Italian in the hope of being granted gracious permission!

I have made up some business cards with my contact details on inviting dog owners to contact me with their email address to enable me to email them a digital doggy photgraph.

The aim of this project is to ultimately produce a photographic book with an exhibtion. Hoping it all goes to plan!

The first four images featured here were from my last visit 2 years ago so I have no doggy or owners names, this coming project will have a more personal touch.

The Sand Martins at Dollar Cove

have left Dollar Cove and are officially heading for their summer holidays south of the Sahara the cliffs look very empty without them. It doesn't  seem that long ago I was eating Caesar salad under these cliffs at 8 o'clock at night with them soaring all above my head in all directions.

 

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Tamarisk in Brittany

Walking beside the Tamarisk trees on the north coast of Brittany is a very different experience from Cornwall as they tower above your head here some reaching 5 metres in height. Here in Bretagnethey are much sheltered than out own cherished Cornish variety which are exposed to such wild south westerlies. Some of these I photographed just outside of Roscoff harbour, looked and seemed quite ancient, maybe centuries old.

Carantac, Brittany at low tide

seen through the ancient wood gabions - just the action of getting down low and at times as here lying at ground level you can present a greater perspective of your subject, here this most gorgeous property one any mermaid would be very happy to reside in ...... 

A gabion comes from (from Italian gabbione meaning "big cage"; from Italian gabbia and Latin cavea meaning "cage"

Gwithian Towans

Dunes are called Towans in the Cornish language and at Gwithian there are many Towans split into their own definining areas along this magnificent three and half mile strech of beach butting along St Ives Bay. This is the first beautiful wild windswept dunes to experience after leaving the village of Gwithian from the Red River pub heading south towards Hayle. The feeling I get when I walk amongst these Towans never diminshes since I was a five year old girl away on her annual Cornish six week holidays. I have walked I have swum and have ridden horses along this magnificent beach its beauty and drama never fades thank heavens.

New Lensbaby into my family

I am in delight with the latest Lensbaby SWEET 35 Optic - have held off a while before investing but fulfills all expectations brings mood ambiance and a timelessness within digital with an extra bit of width. Just a few test shots today after the unwrapping.

Polymer Photogravure Course - Day Two

All inked up today continuing my Photo Etching journey today in Penryn, I have had another full on 6hrs of creative mind blowing physical experience all I can say is wow!

Just love the new alchemy I have discovered plus being in a studio of like minded creative souls .... I was in heaven!  Here are a few images from today of my solar powered images!

Polymer Photogravure Course - Day One

The printing press - I am in love ❤️ — at John Howard Print Studios

Polymer Photogravure is a printmaking technique that falls under the Intaglio process of printmaking, which means creating an image lower than the surface level of the plate. In this case, an image is exposed onto a Polymer plate, inked and printed. The subtle grooves in the plate hold the ink which is the essence of intaglio.

This is my first days experience of this wonderful tactile process, one that is quite skilled and involved and never a print shall be exactly the same - it is wonderfully creative and unpredicable sometimes, but very satisfying - I am hooked totally. For years I have looking for an alternative special process to print my photographs one that does not invole Giclee. Here it is my journey is just beginning....

Here are a few grab shots from my iphone, whilst I was working on Day One. Six small cropped sample plates etched from six A4 photographic images and then eventually prints made from the Printing Press with a whole lot of process in between.