Central Fife Open Studios is opening its collective doors today for the first time - but will hopefully become an annual event on the Art Calendar.
Lots of local artists are taking part - see the website for the full list http://centralfifeopenstudios.moonfruit.com
My studio will be open for the next three weekends from 10 - 4, where you can see a variety of printmaking techniques - lino/relief prints, collographs, monoprints and lithographs.

Come along and see how the prints are made by hand on my etching press, see the prints and the plates they are printed from. All prints are for sale.
 The weather is great, so come and enjoy a day by the seaside!!

It has been a while since I posted anything here, but I have still been working away on my Collagraphs and even a small Lino print. The Collagraphs have been proving troublesome and I have  been forced to fiddle, adjusting tone and detail in search of the  image that was in my head in the first place.  As always printmaking is not a straightforward process and comprimises are inevitably made. For the last month or so I have been working on plates that measure 20 x 17 cm aiming for the Finnish exhibition and now I feel the need to work on something larger. I have some large sheets of lino ready to work with and my sketchbooks are full of images I'm itching to develop into prints... most likely reduction prints again. I can't resist them.
I've posted a few of the prints I've produced below. The first is printed in Sepia oil based ink which I felt was too "black". The next I added red to warm up the Sepia, better I thought. The third is the initial inverted "line drawing" stage lino print.
Back at the Workshop in Dunfermline today (FDPW Fife and Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop)  finishing off my reduction print. It's been a long process and I'm pleased to be finshed. I'm still too close to know if I'm happy with the results, but I'll put them away for a week or so then look at them again with a fresh eye.

Next planned project is the twelve days of Christmas. I've been doing a lot of drawing, but haven't decided on the final images, or even the size I'm going to do them. First thoughts were to do them all small, maybe 150 x 100, but now I'm thinking a variety of sizes might be more interesting. Give me more scope when I get to the higher numbers too. I thought I knew the order of the days, but I found on the Internet that the order seems to have changed. When did that happen?
My "known" order was 9  Drummers drumming - now it seems to be  9  Ladies dancing
                                             10  Pipers piping                  - now                            10  Lords leaping
                                             11  Ladies dancing               - now                             11  Pipers piping
                                             12  Lords leaping                 - now                             12  Drummers drumming
Which version to choose? Anyone know which, if any, is correct?

I'll work on the images first I think.