Stormy sea Church Cove Gunwalloe

I love going down to familar places after storms, the sea still rages with such force and drama with such magnificent light this morning … and we got mizzle mixed with spume from the roaring waves such a sight I wanted to paint if only I could! Andrew Barrowman you should have been here today with your easel and paints! I did have my big girls camera thank heavens but with a light defractory lens that I had intended to capture sea algae for my cyantypes which did not happen, fate and serendipity.

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 Louie centre page

Louie centre page

 Magnificent light

Magnificent light

 I wish I could paint

I wish I could paint

 Love the way the lens captures Louies spirit

Love the way the lens captures Louies spirit

Cyanotype Sea Algae

The cyanotype chemistry arrived this week from Buffalo NYC and last night I painted up sheets with photosentitive chemical onto heavy grade paper before bed, then up again at 0330am to store away the dried light sensitive paper before dawn and UV daylight. One has to have dedication it seems in this alternative photography!

I had a satisfying printmaking session this morning with this process making a few mistakes along the way hey ho and learning lots also, especially the critical amount of time to leave the prints outside in the watery Cornish winter sunshine today to cure before the wash. It can vary from minutes to literally hours. This cyantype involves a lot of water, patience and the colour blue, whats not to love, loving it already, cannot imagine why it has taken me so long to find. 

 

Triptych of Sea Jellies or Individually Perfect Also

Living in harmony and within such close proximity to the sea, I am always stunned by the beauty of our what our oceans reveal to us. This warm Cornish summer was a harvest of Sea Jellies, these three beauties are my favourites that I have been working towards a set of beautiful hand pulled prints from my press, printed on gorgeous Fabriano fine art paper. The prints are large 20 x 14 inches but can be framed to suit.

The Trio look stunning together but individually perfect also.

For sale from The Print Shop

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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 Gunning 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"