It's been a busy couple of months at Chez Almond. Post Warwickshire Open Studios it was the end of term (always busy) and then our big running event - the Lakeland 50 - at the end of July followed by a short holiday away in the Lake District post race.
Then we've had a bit of a change! I've hung up my teaching bag for a while, and Dave has a sabbatical from work for a year. We've filled our time very nicely so far with a lovely break in the Lakes (again!) followed by a trip to Norway with my parents - it was just beautiful! We sailed up the coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes and back again on the Hurtigruten Ferry - we had snow and Northern Lights; very lucky! Now it's back home for a good while though and time to explore new things and ventures.
The drawing and lino printing has still continued despite adventures! Of course, it's just been #inktober, which I partially completed this year due to the wobbly wavy seas we had on our Norwegian trip during the second part of October which made drawing impossible at times - it was hard enough to try and draw a straight line, let alone try and colour anything in!
I've also just taken part (yesterday!) in The Herbert Art Gallery Print and Ceramics Fair, which was fun to do. I met lots of nice people and had some lovely feedback about my work. Printing has continued - I have created a new print of one of our terrible terriers Phoebe, and also re-worked my #projectmagpie as the ink *still* hasn't dried from the first print run, so I tried out a multi-plate technique which worked well, (and dried!) to create a new limited edition print run.
I'm also at another charity event next week selling my cards and prints, and have just entered some of my prints into the 'Art at Kenilworth' exhibition in late November, so will add dates and information about these soon. Somewhere local has agreed to put a couple of my prints on their wall too - again more details as soon as they're up!
I'll do a proper blog about #projectphoebe and #projectmagpie2 very soon, as well as sharing some different photos of #inktober.
The 'buy' part of the website is also about to be improved too with photos and prices of cards and prints that I have for sale - however, please get in touch though via e-mail if there is anything you are specifically interested in.
In the meantime, here's a few photies of what I've been up to artwise!
Here we go...
The ramblings of a linocut printmaker.... and other artistic adventures!