This etching is of a beach called Sielebost in late-Autumn. The sea is unusually calm, with just a few rippling waves pushing crystal clear water into small inlets between the rocks. The sky is smudged with a few white clouds. In the foreground, the machair leans slightly in the breeze while the mountains stand strong in the background.

The initial image was drawn with a very small etching needle and the first proof was a simple line drawing. Additional detail, texture and shading were then added using aquatint, to give the image more depth and atmosphere.

Image size: 205mm x 190mm

Sold unframed.

view-from-sielebost

The beaches on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, are some of the most stunning I have ever seen. The almost-white sands and crystal clear water could be part of a tropical paradise – only the howling winds and thunderous skies reveal the fact that you are on the outermost edge of Northern Scotland. Somehow, the inimitable Hebridean climate only serves to make the wild beaches on Harris even more romantic.

Sudden, extreme changes in weather mean rainbows are commonplace. The quality of light is constantly in flux; dramatic alterations that are hard to capture even on camera. Late in the evenings you have a chance of glimpsing aurora borealis. In April the rough machair bursts into bloom creating a colourful wildflower frame around the beaches. The views are like looking through a kaleidoscope.

New design in my series of watercolour mandalas.

mandala-green-orange

 

sheep-grazing-lino-print

A lino print based on a photograph my husband took in the Welsh countryside. The sheep looks a little like a Highland cow-sheep hybrid but it seems pretty contented nevertheless.

Absolutely stunning illustrations by Dan Matutina, animated by Giant Ant, for the NRDC.

Original drawing

‘Beware of the Dog’ started off life as a tiny drawing in my sketchbook with a 0.03 Copic fineliner. I scanned the drawing in and heightened the contrast in Photoshop to get a clear black and white image. The file was then transferred to Illustrator and I used the live trace feature to create a vector image that could be successfully enlarged.

Layers were created for each new colour selection and blocks of colour drawn using the Pen Tool. The final screenprint used six different inks, so six transparencies were made and these were exposed onto a screen.

Each colour was printed separately and the illustration gradually appeared out of obscurity with each new layer of ink. The black layer (the original drawing) was printed last and brought it all together.

Final six-colour screen print

Final six-colour screen print

To see more visit my portfolio on Behance.

 

Dragonfly drypoint

This drypoint of a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly was drawn on a zinc plate with a diamond-point etching tool. Unlike etching, which produces a very crisp line, the burrs created by scraping directly into the surface of the metal hold ink differently and print a softer line. This technique worked well with the dragonfly as it gives a slight sense of vibration and movement on the insect’s wings and body. This has been printed as a varied edition of 20 and is for sale on my Etsy shop.

Incredible piece of installation art.

SUPAKITCH & KORALIE – VÄRLDSKULTUR MUSEET GÖTEBORG from elr°y on Vimeo.

This completed print started life as a tiny drawing in my sketchbook with a black Copic fineliner.

Bunny-and-Blossom-drawing

I used a fine etching needle to draw the image onto a zinc plate coated with a wax resist, then immersed the plate in an acid bath for around six minutes. During the biting process I painted acid resistant varnish over certain areas before returning the plate to the acid. Tone, and painterly marks were added afterwards with aquatint. The plate was hand-inked with a blue/green ink and printed on Fabriano paper.

bunny-and-blossom

mandala-art

This painting is part of a series of pattern-based watercolours. It’s as much a therapeutic exercise as anything else. If I was a calm and relaxed person I would meditate. I would lie down by a trickling stream and let thoughts float out of my head like little fluffy clouds. Sadly, my inner thoughts are unruly and demanding – not the sort to be tricked into a quiet exit through a side door. So, instead of lying sedately and attempting to set my mind to zero, I immerse myself in right brain activity. If I am really at a low ebb then I hoover. You are probably thinking ‘This is exactly the kind of person who needs to meditate’. You are probably right.

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