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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Where's tha bin?

A's bin up on't Ilkley moor,  I did have a hat on though, as it was rather chilly, but not so bad really for winter weather. My new camera is quite wonderful and has an amazing number of little tricks it can perform, most of which I have to yet get to grips with?? But these 2 photos are done in panoramic mode, the camera makes this little whirring movie camera noise as you pan across the view.

 I also managed this last weekend to get to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to see the Angie Lewin exhibition there. I love her work, it was fascinating seeing her watercolours, along with the screen prints and woodcuts and all the different tools she uses.
 There were many items for sale, both in the shop and on the walls. Some prints were quite expensive really (for me anyway) and I was quite amazed to see that just about everything was sold out!!! Wow.
 Beautiful colours on these screen prints, gorgeous interpretations of her sketches and little watercolour doodles shown in the exhibition cases below.

 I loved these paintings, they were mega expensive,(£1,000 plus) but as one off originals they are stunning and I think have quite a graphic quality to them, even in this painterly stage.

 Tiny little woodcuts, that were like little gems.
 And a lovely case of Angie's Nature finds and little sketches and tiny watercolours and the beautiful woodblocks, which I find so fascinating.

So nice to see all these extra bits and pieces connected to her work. 

Now, the photo below is blurred I know, sorry about that. But the first thing I saw when we arrived at the Sculpture Park, was this fabulous male Bullfinch on one of the many feeders scattered around the building. He was quite a distance away and I zoomed in, with my 20x zoom and snapped my shot, whoops a bit blurred, but you can see the colour?? Stunning he was, we have so many little brown birds, this was a treat!! This weekend is the 'Big Garden Bird Watch' in the UK, where you watch the birds for an hour in your chosen place (my garden) and record the birds spotted, to help the RSPB discover new things about our birds. I will be there, why not join in, it's the world's biggest survey :)
 and below is my walking partner, looking quite grey whiskered now. He plods along behind me and I have to encourage him to speed up by throwing a biscuit up in front, he can progress to a stiff trot then :)  Love him.
I hope to be back soon, I will show some of my new book illustrations, which I have just about completed. I've had 20 illustrations to do since Christmas, trying to do one a day, I'm nearly there. See you soon :) Thank-you for all your comments on my last post, you are lovely bloggy friends :)))


  1. Hi Julie! It sounds like you and I have had the same workload since Christmas! So much to do, but luckily it's lovely work we enjoy! :-) I can't wait to see some of those illustrations you've been working on. X Jane

  2. Happy New Year Julie. That is some going, one illustration a day!
    The exhibition looks lovely, I love her work. We bought one of her prints some years ago, a wood block print. I loved seeing your photos of the cabinets and all the bits and pieces within. To answer your question about the canvas, yes I print it on my A4 printer, it comes A3 but I cut it in half.

  3. Hi Jane, yes it's been busy, difficult at Christmas time, but I do love what I do!
    Thanks for the info Valerie, I'm amazed you can print on to canvas, may have to enquire what printer you have as I'm needing a new one soon?? I love Angies work.

  4. Look forward to seeing your new works. Your sweet deer blog header is just darling!

  5. that's a lovely new header you've done.
    and it was nice trotting along behind too, to see Angie Lewin's show.


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