A Flat Pack Mari

This is my Xmas present to myself, a Mari Lwyd flat pack kit. I’ve wanted a Mari Lwyd for ages but it isn’t easy to get a horse skull these days, since the internal combustion engine took over from carts. This kit has been designed by Swansea-based artist David Pitt AKA The Crowman AKA DaiContinue reading “A Flat Pack Mari”

The First Proof

I did some more carving on my new Mari Lwyd linocut this afternoon, more or less finishing the head. I thought I’d take a first proof print to see what else needs to be done to the head and to have a think about what, if anything, I might do to the rest of theContinue reading “The First Proof”

Cheese And Trackie Bottoms …..

It’s Boxing Day. Yesterday was Christmas Day. I’m on holiday so mostly I’m stuffing my face with cheese and cherry liquer chocolates, slobbing around the house in trackie bottoms and watching Netflix. But I managed to drag myself off the settee for half an hour earlier to go for a socially distanced and masked walkContinue reading “Cheese And Trackie Bottoms …..”

A Carving, A Cat, And A Horse’s Skull

After a long break, I did some lino cutting today. It’s been months ….. I don’t think I’ve gone as long as this without doing some printmaking. The pandemic has had a strange effect on me and although I’ve been doing loads of painting and drawing, I haven’t been able to work up the enthusiasmContinue reading “A Carving, A Cat, And A Horse’s Skull”

Natty Handle

  Another little lino block cut and ready for action. I’ve got a natty stamp handle to glue it onto as well. I bought it on a trip to the Modulor store in Berlin a couple of years ago.


  International Women’s Day is coming up fast and there are loads of things going on all over the world to celebrate it. Here in Swansea, on March 12th, Cinema & Co is hosting two exhibitions by Esther Ley, Sally Davies, Patti McJones and me followed by the Feminista Film Festival.  I used traditional brownContinue reading “Herstory”

International Womens’ Day 2020

  International Womens’ Day 2020 is coming up fast and my fellow artist Patti McJones and I have been asked to organise this year’s event at Cinema & Co. It’ll be our fourth year in this great venue. If you’re in Swansea on March 12th around 5.30 – 7.30, you’re very welcome to join usContinue reading “International Womens’ Day 2020”

And …… Print

The little lino block is finished, the paper is cut, the work station is set up, so today I started printing using Cranfield Caligo Safewash relief ink in black onto Hahnemuehle paper. It’s underway!!!!!   I’m developing an edition of mixed media prints for GS Artists from an original by Jamie Reid. There is aContinue reading “And …… Print”

Finishing The Lino Block

I made the finishing touches to my little lino block “Revenge” today, removing lino from around the edge and cutting it down to size. Then I cut the paper. I sourced a lovely sheet of Hahnemulle German paper, 230gsm, that’s a perfect weight and a lovely velvety surface. I’ll get nearly 80 pieces from it.Continue reading “Finishing The Lino Block”

First Proofing

I did some first proofs from my little lino today, using Cranfield Caligo Safewash relief ink onto four different papers. From the bottom – Hosho, Zercall, Somerset and Bockingford. The Hosho was printed by hand, it’s so fine that I can press the back with my finger and it lifts the ink. The Zercoll wasContinue reading “First Proofing”