Oh the delights of a new campervan -camped at Ardmair point.
A dull grey day -a geological walk around Knockan Crag. The weather appeared to perk up so we scampered up Cul Mor for the view -of a snowstorm!
Well it appears that the exhibition Mouth of a Shark in Cork is actually going ahead this July so I have decided to make my final print..
This will be a drypoint of a t shirt - pvc engraved with a dremmel. I laid the pvc on the t shirt and traced the shape, stitching etc.
Next I assembled all the images I wanted on the t shirt. This t shirt "bears witness" to the experiences of migrants crossing the channel. There are migrants in the water, there are empty life jackets - a signifier for drowned migranst, there is a Border Force boat. In large letters "Welcome to Great Britain, an image of Napier Barracks - where many end up, Priti Patel welcoming, and of course 2 Union Jacks which have to be flown everywhere now.
I taped off the areas that I wanted shading in and rubbed the PVC with sandpaper.
I then used the Dremmel to make the lines. I rubbed the blade with pencil lead to check my details. I am booked at Edinburgh Printmakers workshop to print this on silk on Wednesday.
If it works it will join the rest of my pieces on a clothes line. To see the description of the whole installation go to https://www.lindyfurby.co.uk/protest-art.html.
And that's it folks - I hope you have enjoyed the wee tour. Lockdown ends soon, we have a new campervan and are booked into campsites in Assynt - looking forward to it. My Covid discount of 20% off will finish on 26th April - so if you have seen something you like - get in quick.
Starting Day 15 of my Virtual tour of Scotland through collagraphs and plein aire watercolour sketches with a drypoint of Ben Nevis
The the view north to Ballachulish from Glencoe
Buchaille Etive Mor
Then three from across Rannoch Moor
And lastly Loch Lomond - the plein aire sketch for this came from my first purposeful foray collecting sketches in the campervan in Scotland in May 2010 - eleven years ago. All these images have been made since then.
Day 14 of my Virtual tour of Scotland through collagraphs and sketches. Fingall's cave on Staffa - a really chunky collagraph with lots of texture - I dug deep into the plate - sadly texture does not show well in my photos.
Iona - the sea really is that colour.
Slate Island - Easedale
Collagraphs of the three southern distilleries on Islay - I sat in the gentle rain sketching these en plein aire - surrounded by the tantalising smell of whisky and seaweed.
Continuing my virtual tour through collagraphs and watercolour sketches - this is a wee concertina collagraph artist's book of the view from Allt Dearg a cottage my Mum and I stayed in for a week in Novmeber 2017. On the left the Red Cuillin and the right the Black.
This is the cottage with the burn in front and the Black Cuillin behind - the first snowfall of the year picking out the contours.
It was a couple of miles from Sligachan
A distant view of the Cuillins
A watercolour concertina sketchbook of the Cuillins from Raasay - Im rather fond of the Cuillins!
A night view from Allt Dearg - the silver line in the foreground is the reflection of the moon in the burn (watercolour sketch)
Sunrise - this one would be challenge to do as a collagraph.
The waterfall behind the cottage
Extreme sketching - one day we couldn't leave the cottage for the wind!
Continuing my tour of Scotland through collagraphs and watercolour prints - the original sketch for this was done at the point on the road to Diabeg got so steep I fell off my bike.
This is the view from further up the Diabeg road with the mountains on the south side of Loch Torridon catching the evening sun
Liathach - a beautiful mountain - many years ago it broke the shank in my climbing boot!
A great climbing hut
Plein aire watercolour sketch from the campsite at Shiedaig
A remarkably still day at Plockton
We stayed in a cottage at Back of Keppoch near Arisaig - for 6 weeks - this is the view from a favourite walk
And of course the beautiful skerries with the outlines of Rum and Eigg.
And last of all today - Sanna Bay on Ardnamurchan looking out to Rum, Eigg and Muck.
From the campsite - booked in here again this May as soon as we can escape
An amazing road cutting with granite cutting across black and grey gneiss.
Hope to get sketches to replace this print in May
The mountains are Ben Mor Coigach and Stac Pollaidh
This is a tumbledown croft from an abandonned township at Slaggan
Ive been to Lewis and Harris twice and driven down to Barra once through the majority of the Islands - a third visit was postponed by Covid. Ness Lighthouse is in the far North West and I find it strange on an Island of stone to have a brick lighthouse.
My mum and I stayed in this black house.
I have also made a collagraph concertina artist book of Callanais
When I was sketching this lighthouse I turned round - I had an audience of 4 sheep carefully watching me - I made a print of the sheep as well. - but Ive sold all but one and that's not a very good one.
This beach ha a time and tide bell that rings at hightide - it is possible to see it in the print.
A couple of sketches from Barra - around the famous beach airport. I watched this plane land - a man had to clear the runway of sheep first - sheep on the beach!
I wild camped at Fresgo harbour and painted this early in the morning - having read something in one of my other harbour stays about vertical stones making stronger harbour walls than horizontal stones - I enjoyed the variety of stone laying here. A print in waiting.
I am very interested in Pictish stones - this stone is in Bettyhill churchyard - another print in waiting.
Strathnaver mission church.- dead cute
Definitely one of my favourite Scottish mountains. From across the Loch. (collagraph)
This is a beautiful view - this is the sketch - the collagraph was sadly a disaster - I might have to go back and resketch.
This is the collagraph. The spot I sketched this view from was REALLY midgy - I had to sketch fast and escape.
There were a herd of cows on Balnakeil beach. Then suddenly they decided it was time to go home - they upped and walked away up and off the beach. These were 2 stragglers. Because this print his composed completely of reflections it can be read either way up (except for the title).