'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Monday, 16 March 2009

Prints now available!

© Sue Wookey

Success! I've struggled through the technical minefield of setting up my new large-format printer and can finally produce my own prints. These are giclee prints produced on archival fine-art paper. They should outlast us all without withering and fading (would that I could say the same for myself) and I can hardly tell them apart from my originals. Which is a bit disturbing, really.

So... I can now provide prints on demand for all my paintings (and drawings too, I suppose, I haven't tried that yet!). All the paintings above and those posted here in the last 6 months are already available and I can easily set up others on request if I haven't already got there. All the details are on my website at www.galleyhillart.com.

Talking about the website - all I have to do now is figure out how to set up the international shipping options, which are so awful all I ever do is take a peek at it's inner workings and run. If you're out there beyond Britain in the wide, wide world and want a print, just email me on the contact page while I work out how to wrestle the shipping options to the ground.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

I do love a good dragon...

Glaurung's death throes
© Sue Wookey

Like Tolkien I love a good dragon and as dragons go Glaurung is right up there at the top of the treasure heap. I've been trying to capture that most terrifying of all dragon encounters - waiting for one to crawl right over you: 'the watchers from beneath could see the huge shadow of his head against the stars; and his jaws gaped, and he had seven tongues of fire.' The Children of Hurin. I've drawn the moment when Turin has buried Gurthang in Glaurung's belly and the dragon is just beginnig to roll away. I think there is a very scary painting in here somewhere but, for the moment, I quite enjoy the extreme contrasts between dark and light that you can get with a good old pencil drawing. Sometimes it's nice not to think about colour!