A busy month in both the garden and the studio amid changeable weather.
From the small window studio garden
There is a mass of clover in the front lawn and so we decided to leave it un-mowed and as a result had a lot of very happy bees. In the fruit and veg plot we have spent long hours picking and freezing blackcurrants and raspberries. We made several batches of raspberry vinegar.
The full moon on the 5th of July was the Wyrt Moon – I included some busy bees which was quite fitting in relation to our wild lawn.
Most of this month in the studio has been taken up with a project for the arts magazine ‘Critical Fish’ they asked for written and visual responses to the river Humber. I explored the foreshore at Hessle by the Haven which has a lot of remnants of the shipbuilding industry and the old Barton upon Humber to Hessle ferry. The shore has broken wooden structures, large chains and metal remains in addition to pebbles and sea glass, rope and rusty nails and hinges. These, coupled with dramatic skies which blend with the water, provided a great inspirational resource.
My response comprises three artists books and two final prints; Ghostly Remnants and Silent Witness. The books explore the selected area, they contain drawings, paintings, monoprints and found objects. The prints are monotypes using Yellow Ochre, Red Oxide, Paris Blue, Dense Black – Hawthorn Stay Open Inks on Fabriano Unica Cream 250gsm.
Here are a selection of images from the books:
Ghosts and Remnants
Edge of the Water
Exploring the Hessle Foreshore
Monoprints – Ghostly Remnants and Silent Witness
See you next month.