Pier prints catalogue part three – South East

The exhibition is over, but the show goes on.

Twelve Prints.

All the prints are limited edition, hand pulled etchings on Somerset Velvet paper, and available to purchase.

Size given is approximate image size, paper size is roughly 4 cms wider and 6 cms taller.

Southend & Leigh Buoy December 2013 Hand Finished Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 24 x 13 cms

Gravesend September 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 16.5 x 10 cms

Herne Bay September 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 9 cms

Herne Bay Old Pier Head (Brown) June 2015 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 10. 21 x 14.5 cms

Herne Bay Old Pier Head (Blue) June 2015 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 10. 21 x 14.5 cms

Deal October 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 25 x 12 cms

Folkestone Harbour Arm Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 27 x 13 cms

Hastings January 2017 Hand Finished Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 12 cms

Eastbourne February 2017 Hand Finished Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 26 x 13 cms 

Brighton Palace Pier February 2017 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 11 cms

Brighton West Pier (Black) February 2017 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 10. 25.5 x 16 cms

Brighton West Pier (Blue) February 2017 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 10. 25.5 x 16 cms

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Pier print catalogue part two – East Anglia

The exhibition is over, but the show goes on.

Ten Prints.

All the prints are limited edition, hand pulled etchings on Somerset Velvet paper, and available to purchase.

Size given is approximate image size, paper size is roughly 4 cms wider and 6 cms taller.


Cromer June 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 26 x 11 cms


Great Yarmouth Britannia June 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 10 cms


Great Yarmouth Wellington June 2016 Hand FinishedDrypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 13 x 17cms


Lowestoft South June 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 22 x 14 cms

Lowestoft Claremont June 2016 Hand Finished Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 27 x 17 cms



Southwold June 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 19 x 15 cms

Felixstowe June 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 13 cms


Harwich Halfpenny October 2017 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 26 x 11.5 cms

Walton on the Naze December 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 28 x 11 cms


Clacton May 2016 Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 27 x 17.5 cms

Pier print catalogue part one – North East

The exhibition is over, but the show goes on.

Three Prints.

All the prints are limited edition, hand pulled etchings on Somerset Velvet paper, and available to purchase.

Size given is approximate image size, paper size is roughly 4 cms wider and 6 cms taller.

Saltburn August 2016  Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15.    28 x 12 cms

Cleethorpes August 2016. Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15.  28 x 14 cms

Skegness January 2018. Drypoint Etching, Varied Limited Edition of 15. 26 x 11 cms

Exhibition Notes

The works are hung in a geographic order, starting at Saltburn, and heading south. The piers in this exhibition were visited for the project from May 2016 to January 2018, although I haven’t managed to get a better picture of Southend than the one taken in December 2013.

How the prints are made.

The etchings are based on photos taken on a small digital camera, from a sea kayak. 


From the selected picture a sketch is produced.


 Using this, I produce an etched plate of the drawing reversed, scratching into the plate surface using an etching tool.

The plate is then covered in etching ink, which is worked into the plate, filling the marks on the plate. Then the ink is wiped off, either completely leaving ink in the etched lines only, as in the Skegness print. 

Or ink is deliberately left on the plate to create tone effects, Brighton West (Blue), or plate tone is added in other colours, Great Yarmouth Britannia.

The final option is hand finishing, like the gold on Easbourne.

The plate is passed through a press under pressure, with wet paper to pick up the ink from the plate and the etched lines.


The kayaks used

During the visits there have been a variety of kayaks used, the choice of craft being driven by how easy the access to the sea is, and how far the kayaks have to be carried.

The kayak hanging in the gallery is a Seawolf design, based on a traditional skin on frame construction, and built by me over seven days, under the guidance of Killii Yuyan, on a course organised by Explora Expeditions.

Other kayaks used are:

SKUK Explorer Elite – designed for rough water and covering distance, an expedition kayak.

SKUK Greenlander Pro – a fast expedition kayak.

Tahe Marine Greenland –  a carbon kayak with a tradional Greenland design, low volume, fast and very easy to roll.

Oru Kayaks Coast Plus  – an interesting origami style folding kayak, that is a light and rugged sea kayak.

Exhibition

I have produced prints of the piers from Saltburn to Brighton. From North Yorkshire, running down the East Coast, with a brief incursion up the Thames tideway to Gravesend, then out again, sweeping around the Kent Coast and along to East Sussex.


The only missing pier was Skegness, but a day out at the seaside, with a nice paddle out through small surf, got an image that I could work from, producing the final missing piece.


Although there are twenty one piers, with a couple of extra sights along the way, the old pier head at Herne Bay and the sad remains of Brighton West, there is a collection of twenty five prints, framed and ready for hanging.



Well, getting ready for a couple of new experiences, hanging the works on Monday 29 January (including my skin on frame kayak), and the exhibition opening on Tuesday 30 January.

Art

Well, after an interesting meeting, I found out that the planned show for the end of February, is now a show at the end of January.

In the words of one of my favourite art books ‘Blimey’.

What seemed like a ton of time to get prints ready and framed, has reduced to a few weeks, creating a small sense of urgency and a lot of work.I have spent my last few days getting frames and mount board, ready for seeing in the New Year with a three day printing binge, I have just finished printing  36 prints for the show, only another eight to go, possibly ten if I manage to get to Skegness.

The weather forecast is looking a bit iffy, but if the opportunity to get to Skegness arises I will take it, work permitting, I don’t like loose ends.

http://www.hertfordtheatre.com/content/page/107/gallery_exhibitions


The gallery are really helpful, and they are enthusiastic for the project, helping to get my skin on frame kayak to be hung as part of the exhibition. When Ben, the front of house manager, said I would not be paddling for a month, I had to explain the N + 1 rule, at nine boats, four of which are sea kayaks, finding boats is not a problem, and the delivery of eight Delphins at work has made boat choice interesting.


If you would like to have drink and chat, about art, kayaking or whatever, let me know if you are interested attending the private view, Tuesday 30 January,  18.00 to 20.00.

Thanks to:

http://www.courtyardarts.org.uk/

https://www.taniadurrant.com/

http://seawolfkayak.com/

Different Tack

I entered three prints at a local open exhibition.

http://www.courtyardarts.org.uk/news/open-exhibition/

As a change of pace I entered linocut prints.

A small print of an Avocet, based on a photo from a sea kayaking trip.

Two colour medium sized Green Cormorant, from a photo taken on a walk along the New River near Ware, in Hertfordshire.

Hestar, Icelandic horses photographed on a family holiday, a medium large print, a Jigsaw of eight pieces, individually inked, placed back together and printed in one pass through the press. 

I am pleased that the judges selected one of my prints, Hestar, for the show. 

It is certainly a new experience for me to see my print getting through, and to see it shown alongside some great pieces.

If you get a chance, pop along, the show is on until 6th May. Check http://www.courtyardarts.co.uk for opening times.