Saturday, 13 June 2009


9 days of Open Studios in Cheltenham is now over. The exhibition at Hampen Factory has been taken down and it is now back to a normal life, well as normal as can be!
Hampen Factory had a very successful show, we had 280 people come to visit us, new friends were made and we caught up with old friends.
Carolyn and I found it a valuable time to play with colour in printmaking, so for 3 days all this experimenting was done. These little plates are collagraphs made from card, tile cement and wood glue about 4 inches by 2 inches.
It was a controlled experiment with colour separation inking. These will be a useful resource when I next come to print with colour. I would never allow myself to sit alone and experiment like this in my studio and Carolyn is more daring than me when printmaking with colour, many of the most exciting examples are her suggestions.
More fun with friends and more feed back!!

Worth doing an Open Studio? With good friends, yes! If people come to see artists at work, yes! If you are visited regularly by a Woodpecker...YES!


Jo Horswill said...

It certainly does take courage to print with colour, I know exactly what you mean.
Wonderful to have an encouraging friend in Carolyn.
These collagraph prints are gorgeous. I just love the colour play.
I'm struggling with colour separation inking...I need a friend like Carolyn too.
Oh, how I wish I could have joined in :)
Love your visitor...lovely flashes of red I can see...

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I am new to your site and have been taken by these beautiful pieces. Experimentation in the studio with great results! mary ann