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Category: Satisfaction

Cobbles V


Here we are starting at the end. I’m really pleased how this print has turned out. This was probably the last place I imagined finishing at after five weeks, but when I’ve published cobbles i-iv you’ll see how the journey progressed. Read the rest of this entry »

Star wind

For this five week course i’ve been reusing polycarbonate plates i’ve used before. The dry point burr gets squashed by the press after awhile and so the image fades.

In the previous post I detailed the construction of the plate and all the different techniques i put it though. Here are are the resulting prints. All together I managed 10 prints, but you can see the last one is a shadow of it’s former self. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcycling – part 3

In the third week of the class I finally got the size of block I had asked for week one. because I couldn’t soak the blocks before class I only got an afternoons worth of printing done. The work produced therefore is a bit of everything from the last two weeks of the course. Read the rest of this entry »

Truncated Dodecahedron?

This isn’t really a Dodecahedron. But I don’t know a better name for the form*. You can see better images of 20 joined columbus cubes here.

So like the post a fortnight ago I have been working through the  geometry of joining columbus cubes to make a spherical body.

Here are a series of photos that take you through the process.


*It’s probably half way to a icosahedron, where equilateral triangles take up the whole of each edge of the pentagons Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve long been tempted by this box of bricks.  


 And this weekend I finally succumbed when I discovered how much it was on a certain internet site. Read the rest of this entry »


Last week I talked about beach and river stones. In south east England there are probably more stones underground than on the surface. Woolwich and Reading Beds are found through out the london area and when you dig them up they’re orange.

mostly when you study rock types or semiprecious stones you get every other colour than orange. Orange is a boring colour for rocks. Or maybe I should saying ochre rather, than lets say tangerine. The ochres are a group of iron oxides which are widely used as pigments. So pebbles can be orange because the ground water is full of iron or because they are full of iron themselves.

Last summer i started this pebble making journey by buying lots of orange paper. (They were on sale.) Orange isn’t anyway near my favourite colour so I felt free to do all sorts of experiments.

Now I want to do something with these coloured papers.

The immediately available selection of orange pebbles. Some of these are just wrong (why did I use blue ink?) some have potential

The immediately available selection of orange pebbles. Some of these are just wrong (why did I use blue ink?) some have potential

now the weather is warmer I can get back into the studio. here i'm adding some golden ochre or sepia to various pebbles to improve their appearance

now the weather is warmer I can get back into the studio. here i’m adding some golden ochre or sepia to various pebbles to improve their appearance

And here is a draft of another large canvas (100 x 30). There will probably be lots of movement in the little pebbles before the thing is finally settled.

Not sure of the name yet… procession / company??

Not sure of the name yet… procession / company??

As well as bleaching some more (new) coloured papers I’ve also finished (re-done) the little pebble arrangements from December. I’ve replace the background with something simpler and adjusted some of the compositions. Now all I have to do is frame them

IMG_0844 IMG_0845 IMG_0843 IMG_0842 IMG_0850Well anyway that’s all for now


A finished Piece

"Walk" 30 x 100 cm mixed media

30 x 100 cm
mixed media

So I’ve had actually managed to finish something to my satisfaction. It didn’t turn out quite as I imagined, but then I was trying to recreate an impression rather than something I saw. Read the rest of this entry »

Seasons Greetings


Best Wishes at this Festive Time and Good Cheer for the coming Year


That degree in engineering was useful for something…

This year I finally succumbed to an ikea pepparkaka hus. Of course it was never going to be sufficient to cover the thing with smarties so I got some extra gingerbread dough for home improvements. Here’s the finished home.

Holly Cottage

Holly Cottage

Below you can follow the construction which satisfied my inner Engineer and QS.

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A matter of perspective

So I was looking for the other end of a broken link on the internets and once on the right journal i found this tag: climbing (ooh shiny!)
which lead to this – mental health and exercise.
A moment of understanding and relief. (and as the comment stream is long since closed I’m posting about it here.)
To say thank you for saying something i didn’t know how I could say.
I haven’t climbed in a year now, I miss it. I have had periods off before for many reasons. There are lots of reasons I haven’t climbed this year, but I often thinking about it. This post I found last night made me feel less bad about a lot of things to do with exercise. Even thought climbing, going to the mountains is more than just exercise. Personally, successful climbing is about being out of mind and in body, but not a in body that complains constantly. I wont be going back to north London for a while, but I might feel positive to visit some other more local walls, and do other kinds of exercise beside walking off my own motivation.

I’ve known for a long time that is my fascination with string has a lot to do with being out of mind. however it is hugely time consuming and doesn’t allow for much exercise out side the forearms. I discovered the other day at Sainsbury’s that you you can tell when you are loosing upper body strength; as it’s a struggle to to boost yourself up on the handle of a shopping trolley and scoot along on your toes.
Writing this, or even trying to think it through first, has enabled me to put somethings into perspective. Having it written out makes it concrete. So I might remember it.

That journal has also reminded me to try and use my light box more effectively – it’s on as i type this – only one of the switches didn’t work! Jumped on by cat? More angst? But better sleeping also means dealing more successfully with nighttime thoughts… …also to more effective days.

Thanks again
and for the writing tips too
and to all the other authors i’ve lurk around over the last few challenging years. I’ ve been wanting to say thank you for your company somewhere and here is as good as anywhere.

Then lying in the dark after scribbling this down originally I had this moment of clarity so had to turn the light on again. (go to sleep brain please!)

A lot of my problems aren’t mine. They are someone else’s problems. So I don’t need to fret about them. Just deal with the bits that spill over me.
In fact I shouldn’t worry about my own problems, just try and solve them. and not beat myself up when I can’t.

I know sounds pretty trite. but it was my moment and hopefully it will stick if I post it here.


You’ve probably guessed I don’t manage to publish every Wednesday as I planed to. I just like to maintain some semblance of order in my life.