Busy Tuesday

My old hydraulic lino cut press finally gave up the ghost last week. After a period of lurching rather unnervingly to the right when loaded, it pulled one of its bolts right out. So I’ve spent the last couple of days building a new one with a new oak worktop base and four steel rods to hold it all together. I haven’t printed with it yet, but it barely creaked when I powered it up.

This afternoon I was back at the life class, where we did a portrait, starting with a detailed pencil drawing, and then painting over it with acrylic. Quite pleased with the outcome.

More bird painting

I’ve been back to Slimbridge and the Wildfowl Trust. I treated myself to a small telescope¬† which I’m very pleased with. Now I can work with my hands free from holding binoculars all the time.


Having got it all set up, there was ne’r a thing to see, apart from one solitary goose plodding around, so I painted him /her.¬†DSC_1994.JPG

Bird painting at Slimbridge

I spent an hour or so at Slimbridge this afternoon, watching and painting wild geese. I didn’t have long, but I wanted to try out a stripped down watercolour kit.

It seemed more than adequate, and didn’t take up half the room of all the boxes I took part time. Only time for one page of sketches of greylag and barnacle geese.