I haven't got a lot to tell you, as I've been in 'head down' mode, writing and planning and getting new painting ideas underway. As a result, a lot of electronic communication has been pushed to one side while I work on other things.
I sometimes wonder about the effectiveness of blogs vs social media and believe that blogs still deliver a bigger bite of information that has its place in the sea of information we all sift through each day. Social media allows that quick glimpse into lives and art but without the commitment of a long read or analysis in most cases. In the past year my blog posts have dwindled in numbers, as have many others that I read and I sometimes wonder if I'm talking to myself. This is my 7th year of blogging! and I often feel as if I've simply run out of things to say, but even if I'm not as frequent in posting, it seems I always have something to say!
The image above is part of an encaustic experiment that I'm trying, using a gyotaku print of a sole. What you see here is some of the embedded cheesecloth that resembles netting. I've also been carving into the cured wax with an etching stylus and will fill the grooves with oil paint then fuse the wax a little more to seal it in when it dries. I'm not really sure whether I like this piece or not yet. It is large, 15" x 30", and complex - I never seem to do things by halves lately - so it may all change again before its done.
A copy of Koi magazine turned up on my doorstep this week and in it a small review of The Gyotaku Project, a little book I'd written about my adventures in fishing printing. There are huge numbers of koi fanciers in the UK and I'm pleased to have a little more exposure in the fishy world through this best selling magazine.