On the farm I live next to there is a large pond, lined with poplar trees and many Canada Geese can be found there. I have loved these birds since I was a small child; their shape, the way they move, fly, land and call to each other. They have been the inspiration for a some sketches and then a couple of new blocks but haven't printed them yet....
At the beginning of February I was really pleased to learn that a pair of my up-cycled whale cushions are part of a prize for a competition along with a copy of the book "The Lost Whale" by Hannah Gold, run jointly by the publishers Harper Collins Children's Books and the National Geographic Kids Magazine.
In the middle of the month I went up to Bristol with South Brent Printmakers to see a linocut exhibition and visit the Bristol Print workshop. We of course had to visit a cafe and had time to visit the M Shed. It was so lovely to have a day out in such good company.
On one of my days at the South Brent Art house I explored gelli printing, which was great fun and a good method to develop patterns and play with colour.
After the terrible news of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria I was very glad to have just donated to The Red Cross after a fund raising sale of indoor plants that started during my home open studios and I am also pleased to have taken part in a sale of handmade items from a wide range of makers coordinated by a lady who is a marbling and leather artist living here in the South Hams.
During the week after the tragic news, my daughter and I were involved in finishing this wall hanging for the Art House in South Brent. It was good to have something to keep my mind and hands occupied and great to part of a community project.
I hope February '23 has been good for you! Becca