We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Treasures - treasured places


There are some special places that we return to again and again where we treasure memories of past visits and always intend to come back. My four pieces are based on two English places and two Italian places that we have grown to love. 

Digital printing is something I have been very ambivalent about in the past unless it is using your own designs/art  - I decided to experiment by using my own sketches and paintings of the places together with some photographs and text. I rendered them all  with a simple ink application  to give a cohesive feel to all the pieces, I wanted to get a 'pen and Ink' rather than photographic effect. I printed them all as separate images to create a collage of the place  and fused then stitched them in place. I used cotton poplin treated to ensure permanence of the ink pigments.I then had fun trying out lots of different free motion quilting styles to match the needs of the sketches.

Treasures 1 -Southwold
A coastal town in the East of England where small scale fishing does still operate from the river estuary.  

Treasures 2 - Blakeney Marshes

Huge expanses of salt marshes stretch along the coastline with small river inlets where fishing still continues, a protected coastal site where wildlife flourishes.

 Treasures 3- Grado

A beautiful town and port off the north east coast of Italy close to Trieste. The town is only reached  by a long bridge  causeway over the lagoon and is an island surrounded by the Mediterranean sea. The town and it's heritage have been preserved in this unique place.

Treasure 4 - Aquileia

A Roman port on the north east coast of Italy, a large amount of the port and the town remain as ruins amongst more modern developments. Enough of the town remains to understand the life that was led in Roman times . The mosaics are exquisite and so well preserved.



  1. Love the idea of combining photo transfer and sketches.

  2. These are amazing Jean, with so much different detail. I hope I get the chance to see them "in person" so that I get the chance to study them closely.

  3. Vos peintures sont très unique, il me fait penser à des cultures anciennes