Archive for June, 2009

Shoreham Airport

9 June 2009


This is my most popular screenprint – the edition of 12 are now all sold. The pattern at the bottom is from a frieze inside the terminal. The top part of the control tower is the old 1930s version. The colors are Art Deco. The silkscreens were made from hand-cut Rubylith – no computers were involved in the making of this print. Concorde and the contrail across a deep blue sky are a sort of trademark of mine now.


Seven Sisters (sepia)

9 June 2009


This is a pen, ink and wash sepia painting (well, Burnt Sienna, actually) of the photo below.

Seven Sisters (watercolour)

9 June 2009

This is a postcard-sized watercolour, made from the photo below.

Seven Sisters (photo)

9 June 2009

Seven Sisters photo

This is the original photograph I took of the Seven Sisters. The sun was just going down.

Seven Sisters (Atonement)

9 June 2009


A detail from this screenprint is used for the blog’s header. It’s a view from Seaford Head looking east towards Beachy Head. The Atonement connection is with the film of the same name – there’s a scene where they live in one of these cottages. The cottages have been used for locations in many films and TV programmes. I wanted this to be the postcard view, so I bought a postcard, took a photo from the same location and made the screenprint at BIP using the photo as a guide. I’ve also done various watercolours of the same scene. I wanted it to look like a Brian Cook book jacket for Batsford, or a 1930s railway poster, in simple flat Art Deco colours. The silkscreens were made from hand-cut Rubylith – no computers were involved in the making of this print. There is only one print left from an edition of eight.

Saltdean Lido in watercolour

8 June 2009

Saltdean lido

This is one of the watercolours that sold at the Dragonfly House. It is of nearby Saltdean Lido, from a photo of how it was before it was restored, soon after I moved to Brighton in 1987. A story I heard was that the platform on the roof was intended to be for a cablecar to the Ocean Hotel (now flats) up on the hill. The style is Art Deco, which I hope is reflected in the colours used.


8 June 2009


Solar powered beach hut

Solar-powered beach hut

I also still do some illustration work. Here is a Donald McGill-style watercolour (yes, real watercolour!) for a local entrepreneur hoping to sell solar panels to beach hut owners not permitted to have regular electricity. It was drawn in Sennelier indian ink on Aquarelle Arches cold-pressed paper (indian ink is getting hard to find these days) using a Gillott 303 nib. My ‘normal’ way of working is to draw in ink onto layout/marker paper, scan into Photoshop, convert to vectors using Streamline, and finally colour-in using Freehand. Unfortunately Streamline doesn’t wok in OS X, but seems happy enough in ‘classic’ mode!