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Studio journal #5 – December 2020

Hello again… The start of December seems a long time ago now looking back at my Instagram/blog posts. I do find my blog useful to refer back to, although it is sometimes a struggle to post something regularly, particularly when the day has been spent on something which isn't particularly visual. I was reminded of the importance of keeping going in an email post from Seth Godin this week – his short daily snippets are often insightful and well worth subscribing to.

“The most important blog post is on the most important blog.
Yours. Even if no one but you reads it. The blog you write each day is the blog you need the most. It’s a compass and a mirror, a chance to put a stake in the ground and refine your thoughts. And the most important post? The one you’ll write tomorrow.”
Seth' Blog
Thanks for your interest in my work, and Happy New Year!
Gallery refresh – 1 December
I’ve spent the day refreshing my wall in the gallery. I’ve temporarily removed some of the work in progress (with the explanation cards) and replaced them with open edition prints that I hope will appeal as Christmas presents. Some are newly printed from the archive, some were printed up and in the browser in my workspace and others are reprints of works that have sold previously. As we come out of lockdown it’s hard to know what visitor numbers will be like but best be prepared!
Allium seedheads – 3 December
A quick shot of these three newly framed allium seedheads before they go off to adorn someone else’s wall…
Reconstructed Nature VI and VII – 5 December
Two more editioned prints ready to go into the browser.
Lilliput – 9 December
The clips on wire images work where the subject isn’t too delicate otherwise the clips become the subject. So I was thinking of some different sorts of support and this came to me after a crossword clue about Gulliver’s Travels (it was the only clue I could answer…). I wasn’t sure about this one initially, it looked a bit stark and so I tried adding a couple of additional pieces either side but it was very fiddly and I left it for another day in the end. However, this one does appeal to me more now because of the simplicity.
Trussed up seedheads – 11 December
This one took a bit of messing about with to get the composition how I wanted it. The problem was that I left the knots at one end of each string loose so that I could adjust the lengths and tension but they often worked themselves loose meaning the whole thing fell to bits at regular intervals. Got there in the end…
Nature before reconstruction – 17 December
This was a test shot that I took whilst experimenting with the layout of the grasses. This particular composition didn’t actually make it to the next stage of the work, the grasses were used in the much more regimented piece that turned into ‘Reconstructed Nature I’..
Back to my roots – 19 December
Terrible title I know… I took this old hollowed tree trunk many years ago when I was just getting back into film having been previously lured away by the digital revolution. The shot was taken in Pembrokeshire on one of my first films using medium format – I was using an old 1950’s Rolleiflex TLR camera that I’d bought secondhand from Jessops for the princely sum of £70. This is the first time I’ve printed this image, I wanted something a bit different for the gallery, and quite splendid it looks too.
Vaguely symmetrical – 22 December
I’d sort of forgotten about this shot, it was the last of the Reconstructed Nature taped pieces that I did before moving onto experimenting with wire and bulldog clip supports. So in shooting sequence it should be Reconstructed Nature 5a but is actually no.10 in the series.
The holly and the ivy – 24 December
Last day in the studio before Christmas. Ivy from the garden, holly from the hedge which runs along Bevere Lane. Happy holidays!
…and now for something completely different – 31 December
Experimenting with some old acrylics. Watch this space.

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