The better weather has seen me both in and out of the studio this last week. Warm sun one minute, rain the next - real April showers.
Inside, I was working on the second design for icons for a forthcoming book. The book - showing a book - has been accepted - now for a laptop:
Outside, my eye was caught by a blackbird cooling down in the pond, no doubt causing much grief for the tadpoles and newts that like this shallow area. I photographed it from my desk:
Back inside, I was checking and signing prints:
The image in question is called "Lilies-Of-The-Valley, Nimes" and it celebrates the giving of this lovely flowers as a gift of friendship in France. In the background is the cathedral in Nimes in the South of France:
Outside, the large border is coming alive - with both flowers and hens:
I love to work outdoors; These are sketches for an engraving for our niece's wedding in September:
Below the table, the hens are hopeful for falling crumbs from my biscuit:
Time for a break. A plays one of my mandolins, a 1916 Gibson. I love to play the mandolin in the garden in the warm weather -a great way to relax.
Back inside, I contemplate the largest piece of box that I have had in stock. It was made by Chris Daunt and provided by the Society of Wood Engravers. I am one of 25 members who are making an engraving for a set of prints to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the relaunching of the SWE. My print will be based on the number twenty. I will be showing all of the stages of the designing and engraving of this print in the following weeks. Watch this space.
I enjoyed my week - I hope that yours was a good one!