Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Uncommonly good

 


our usual pitch by the road sign
© Teresa Newham

It's not often you can say that an outdoor event is a success when the temperature plummets around ten degrees while you are setting up.  The fifty or so artists at last weekend's Art on the Common arrived in warm sunshine after the previous day's 30 degree heat; by lunchtime we were begging friends and family to fetch fleeces and hot drinks while we sheltered under our gazebos from the gusting rain.


potential buyers - before opening time
© Teresa Newham

The weather, however, did not deter visitors.  They were arriving before the event even opened - the usual strollers and dog walkers, and later in the day those coming to the Carnival; and plenty of art lovers among them. The Saturday can be slow, especially when it's raining; that simply didn't happen.  I was sharing a gazebo with Hillary Taylor, as usual, and it's fair to say we were pretty busy both days.


my display on Saturday morning - and in the afternoon . . . . 
© Teresa Newham

My sunflower prints and cards in aid of the  DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal proved popular from the start; the cards were sold out by Sunday lunchtime, and I will have to mount more prints before Open Studios.  Fifteen percent of all the AOC takings were going to Cancer Research, so hopefully we have raised a great deal for charity.


cards and card packs proved popular
© Teresa Newham

I remembered to bring my A-frame this year, with a couple of posters in it; even so, several people who were specifically looking for me confessed to walking straight past it. To be fair, there was a great deal  to look at so perhaps that's not surprising! And my Sum Up card machine turned out to be a real asset, being pressed into service for two-thirds of my takings.


the banner worked well
© Teresa Newham

Sunday was even better, as the weather was much kinder, and we took the opportunity to wander around and chat to other artists, many of whom had also made excellent sales.  Huge thanks to Hillary and both our other halves, who were invaluable, and to Richard Greenaway and his helpers from the Harpenden Photographic Society who organised the whole thing!


sunshine on the Sunday
© Teresa Newham








Wednesday, 8 June 2022

A Sunflower for Ukraine

 

A Sunflower for Ukraine
jigsaw linocut by Teresa Newham

Back in March I took part in an art exhibition to raise money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian appeal. I'd just printed my first ever jigsaw print - an Easter card - and it occurred to me that I could make another one to raise money for that appeal too.


planning the print - and the cards
© Teresa Newham

I drafted out my ideas almost immediately but as usual it took a while to bring them to fruition.  I wanted to use some of the pieces to make a greetings card, too, so that had to be worked out, and the cutting was more complicated than my first jigsaw.


fitting the pieces together
© Teresa Newham

The biggest challenge for me was the printing.  I needed five colours all at once, which meant space was at a premium, and I had grand ideas about a rainbow roll on the sunflower petals, which introduced a sixth colour.  This is visible on some, but not all, of the finished prints and cards.


printing a lot of colours at once
© Teresa Newham

The cards proved to be even more tricky, probably because I printed the design straight onto the card stock. I'll try a different paper if I need more cards and stick it on to the blanks!  They still look pretty impressive when laid out together.


the design adapted for the greetings cards
© Teresa Newham

The prints are now mounted for sale, and one is framed for display.  They'll be available at Art on the Common (details below), and I'll donate the commission which the organisers take for Cancer Research, so that neither charity misses out. Let's hope they raise some dosh!


the print mounted and framed in time for Art on the Common
© Teresa Newham


Art on the Common will take place Saturday 18th June 10am - 5pm and Sunday 19th June 11am - 5pm on Harpenden Common in front of the Park Hall AL5 2LX . 15% of all sales will go to Cancer Research.