Tuesday, June 20, 2017


When time is tight, as it is for me at the moment for creating artwork, cards and sketchbooks are an ideal way of keeping your hand in! Because of a family crisis, I have hardly visited my studio lately.  The last time I did, I found some half finished cards, which I have now completed...

The card on the right has a faint whiff of the collages of London born Pop Artist, Richard Hamilton, whose work I admire.  I particularly like his art of the early postwar decades when the world was rapidly changing.  His colourful, busy and playful collages embraces this with references to the influx of sophisticated consumer goods from the USA - especially the vulgar and everyday!

For the card above, I have returned to one of my favourite subjects - doors. Perhaps it would work as a card for someone who was moving house...

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Here are a couple more cards that I have created, using papers that had been mono printed using a gel plate. The pear just appeared in a single overprinted paper.  I just added some simple defining outlines with a black marker, and viola there was a design! This was then mounted onto another sheet of painted paper, before being stuck onto cream textured card stock.

The door design uses cut and punched out shapes collaged onto another printed paper. The lettering was done with cerne relief in imitation lead. This makes a raised shiny texture, which I left overnight to dry, before mounting it on the card stock.

Friday, June 2, 2017


I recently fulfilled a commission to paint a tortoise!  The proud owner of the three Herman tortoises pictured in the photograph, above right, presented me with a papier mache blank to paint to look like his pets!  You can see the result above in the larger pics above...

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I have used the ceramics of Andrew Eddleston, to provide most of the products, to dress the window, at the One Craft Gallery.  He is currently a Guest Maker, and mainly makes functional, slip decorated, high fired earthenware, most of which is thrown. His range of products is full of beautiful colours and original designs.  I particularly like his modelled chickens - see middle pic.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


These two cards were made out of papers, that I had printed, using a gel plate.  I used one of the papers as a background, and then cut and punched out shapes, which were then collaged on with matt medium.

All the flowers were a combination of different punches, which were further embellished with a black marker and white gel pen.

Monday, May 15, 2017


I did this small artwork for my artist friend Penny, who has recently spent a day with me in my studio.  I showed her printing with a gel plate - a technique she loved so much, she now has bought her own gelli plate!

She loved the subtle colours of the above background paper that I had just printed, and asked me to develop it into a picture.  I have always liked depicting windows, looking out from an interior - it is a subject that I often return to.

I love the paintings of the late Mary Fedden, who painted still life and landscapes in the same artwork by looking out through windows. "Each of my paintings is a mixture of things that I'm looking at, and my thoughts and imagination," is a quote from a very interesting article taken from the May issue of The Artist magazine in 2008.

Monday, May 8, 2017


symbolic abstracts on card by Helen Thompson - (each one is 6 " square)

I have discovered the work of Father Bill Moore.  He is an American Roman Catholic priest, who is a trained artist.  He does not sell his work, but creates art for the good of the community.  The link above shows pics of him in his studio, which I am delighted to say, is slightly messier than mine!  I was inspired by his series, 'Embracing the Cross' (small artworks, 5" x 7"),  to produce the samples in the photograph above, for my sketchbook.  I used layers of acrylic paints, inks and collage.

The colour scheme was inspired by my recent walk in a bluebell wood - see April 25th post.  The Rev. Moore uses all sorts of methods to produce textures, and often includes a found object within the work.  As he says, 'they create an energy in the piece that aligns itself with my faith and my theory that all things can be redeemed.'

In his artist statement he states, 'I also love textures to exist in my work, and I often encourage viewers to touch my paintings, because the oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much more human. And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.' What an interesting artist...