Enjoying some test prints with my new box of A3 Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper (310gsm). I have used this paper for a long time with the superb art printers I use and their 11 colour large format printer, they have consistently produced high quality prints of my work in many sizes up to A1. I just received a box of this paper (A3) for my portfolio, tests and sketch/scrap book, so far very happy with the results I'm getting with some of my photographs.
9 June 2021
A few photos from last week.
Last week was very busy in Newquay with an influx of visitors down for the school half term, the fine weather made it ideal to spend time on the beach and it was a taste of the summer to come.
It is good to see people enjoying and respecting the beautiful Cornish coastline, for those that don't, don't bother with the journey down, go dump in your own front room.
5 June 2021
I always liked the idea of a handwritten logo/header but despite all the fonts out there, never found something I could settle on. The obvious thing to do was put pen to paper and rattle off something for myself in a couple of minutes, but it didn't quite unfold like that.
It is easy to write 'Sleepless ink' a few times, but to get it to be usable I found difficult. Somewhere in the enjoyable flow of writing, a rouge letter would constantly upset the outcome. A more considered approach was needed, a grid, pencil, pen, slow and fast attempts, repeat, repeat, repeat.
The new header is the result.
24 May 2021
It has been cold, wet and windy this May and to drive it home a storm rolled over Thursday and into the weekend, with a brief sun allowance on Saturday afternoon. Winter with long daylight hours.
The good thing is I can complete my work with surfboards and have enough light to get some photographs. Driving home I looked over the bay and could see both the surf and wind had picked up, although the wind was strong and going round it was clean in the corner by the harbour, an invite to some surfers and for me some pictures.
17 May 2021
Pictured are a few of the collage pieces completed last year (2020). A few more have made it into frames of which I will show in further posts, because of lockdown restrictions they found their way on to walls at home and not galleries. The photographs used on the collage are from the allowed walk/exercise from Spring last year, the weather was so good it made it easy to take photos and use the blossom and leaves as a subject to further practice the technique of getting my photographs on to textured collage.
15 May 2021
Below are a few images of the new studio, from the drawings and plans to construction and now working. Seeing it through from start to finish has been time consuming, coupled with my surfboard work and an operation in late 2020 it has played its part in new work being delayed. Anyway, the Sleepless Ink studio is now up and running. Very excited to get busy.
10 May 2021
It has come as a surprise to me how long it has been since my last post and for that I apologise. There have been reasons, some I suspect shared, but to save us from a tortuous bullet-pointed list I'll put it under the title: Life.
There are things to show for this time. Several collage pieces completed before unforeseeable twists stalled my artwork, a collection of photographs and a new studio.
Although my design and artwork have taken a break, my photography has continued and I have found great reward from it. As time has been an issue I revived an old, unused instagram account (sleeplessink.art) to serve as a place to easily and quickly upload photos.
At first I thought of the instagram account as a dumping ground for the pictures I was taking. Because of time restraints, lockdowns and travel restrictions the photographs being taken were, and essentially still are, all from around Newquay, this has been surprisingly enjoyable and the account has assisted in creating a thread, almost a project of images from the town I live in. Ironically a place I could never see pictures in, for years I felt it necessary to be somewhere else to get good photographs.
Now with the studio, more time and hopefully opportunities to move freely again, I can start producing work for a new website and galleries.