50 Things Barn Owl (1)

50 Things (1)

Last spring I was busy working on new prints for a solo show, which was the culmination of a 2-year funded project with the Dales Countryside Museum. As my diary totally cleared during lockdown, I welcomed the extra time with no distractions to focus on making the work. The exhibition eventually opened and was pretty successful all things considered. Lockdown two came during the run up to Christmas so I opened an Etsy shop and offered ‘click and buy’, which kept me pretty busy. Now we’re in the third lockdown and I’d normally kick-start my creative year with a visit to a studio in Sweden for a fortnight but that is not possible. Despite only being down the end of the garden my studio hasn’t felt very enticing in the bad weather and, like many people, I’ve struggled to remain motivated. 

So I’ve decided to start a personal project which will also mark the fact that I am fifty in March. I’m making a set of 50 prints that each fit within a 4”x 6” format and that are inspired by things that I’ve seen during 2021. I’m planning to complete this by the end of December so it will take place over a calendar year and I’m calling my project ’50 things’. I’m keeping them simple and so far I’ve created collagraphs about rescuing a kestrel with a frozen tail, the first time I’ve seen a dabchick on the Ribble, animal tracks in the snow, an elderly rook and a barn owl seen by headtorch on a night run. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, if anything, but I hope to be able to look back through a little album of 50 postcard size prints and be reminded of the good things in 2021.