Denstone Hall Farm Shop
Denstone Hall Farm Shop
Emma & Rupert invited me to exhibit my work in their all new Café. I have been asked to provide additional work to what's already on show. My hand made greeting cards are also on sale in the new gift shop. You can get a great bacon butty there!
RPS 365 Finalist
Leek 41 Club Talk
I was invited to the 'Leek 41' Club (Ex Round Table) by chairman Ian Podmore, as an after dinner speaker - showing my photography.
It took place at the Three Horseshoes Inn, just out of Leek, on the way to the Roaches. I was made very welcome by all the members . The food was great too - black pudding, one of my favourites!
Ian said "I was the best speaker they'd had all year!"
Never thought I'd see the day when I could stand up in front of a room full of strangers and give a good account of myself!!
Can't believe it, twice in one year!
I'm a finalist in the latest Royal Photographic Society's international (members vote) competition. Theme - 'S
elf'. Hope it shows my less serious side?!
Associate Member of RPS
I only gained my associateship (ARPS) in March and this monthly competition was the 1st I'd entered. Probably won't happen again for years . . .
Title 'Winter Surprise' somewhere along the Trent & Mersey Canal
Another venue in Stone
Straight in at ARPS level
I gained my ARPS accreditation at Focus On Imaging at the NEC yesterday. After months of prep' and deliberation I put my reputation on the line. Very nerve-racking. 1st judge got up and said 'why do I always get the difficult ones?' Then she said 'Very Brave' - this put my right at ease!!!
Rachel at 3B's start of Lichfield Road, Stone has asked me to exhibit some of my work. It's looking a little bit more like a gallery now!Something for her customers to talk about hopefully!Local photography and watercolours on show . . .
Photos in Christmas Staffordshire Life Mag!
In an attempt to raise the profile of Stafford Photographic Society a piece has been published showing work from various members of the society.
Staffordshire Open Studios
It's been a while, but glad to report my image 'Final Destination' of an Austin 7 in a barn has scooped best print in the Rugley inter-club photographic competition last night.
Thanks once again to John and Lyn for letting me borrow their barn and Stafford Photographic Society for choosing it to represent the club.
Royal Photographic Society
Phew! . . .
. . . and there it was, another Open Studios, done and dusted.
Thank you to all who came to see Christina's Pastels and my Photographs.More money raised for Macmillan Cancer Support through raffle, cakes and drinks. Thanks to all who donated their baking skills.The house is almost back to normal now.Workshops to put in the diary.Orders to organise next . . .
New Collection at Moat House
I joined the RPS during FOCUS at the NEC earlier this month.
I thought it might give me support in my never ending quest for better images.
Together with SINWIP and SWPP I should improve gradually?
We'll see . . .
Staffordshire Life Feature
Moat House, Acton Trussell
New works can now be seen hanging in the fabulous refurbished Moat House conservatory restaurant.
Included are more recent local landscapes and nature subjects. I hope you enjoy seeing them, almost as much as the wonderful food and surroundings!
Dog & Doublet
Christina and I have been published in the latest issue of Staffordshire Life. The editorial gives a pretty good idea of what we are getting up to these days . . .
'A Canadian Adventure' Book
The last two weeks have been very busy for me!
All made worthwhile on Friday when I delivered my largest commission of 22 Limited Edition Prints to the Dog & Doublet at Sandon, Staffordshire.
It reopened its doors on 1st of April, after an extensive refurbishment. I was fortunate to be asked to provide a selection of images from my collection for all public areas downstairs, 1st floor corridors and bedrooms.
You've just got to go and see the new Dog & Doublet. It's pretty smart now and the food is reported to be very good too!
Thanks to a company called Blurb I have managed to publish my 1st book! Called 'A Canadian Adventure', it tracks my families story half way across the canadian wilderness. Starting at Calgary, Alberta. On through the rockies, Peachland and onto Vancouver on the west coast of British Columbia. Not only did we get to see all the amazing sights, but also relatives and their friends.
I will be bringing out a more affordable soft back art book showing only the best of my landscape photographs, which will be on sale from the Blurb site and some of my exhibitions.
I also hopefully intend bringing out a similar book based on my favorite Lake District spots.
A New Venture
Allan + Bertram have used my work in there Premium View wall calendar 2012. Link: www.allanandbertram.com/calendar/desk/premium/view/I am now next to people like David Noton and Joe Cornish. Hope they don't mind too much!!
Gallery at 12 New Member
Sharon and Collin have kindly invited me to exhibit some of my work in Mill Street, Stafford.
I first met them when I asked them to produce a canvas print for me via their son up in Manchester. He did a great job and has produced other canvas prints clients have been very pleased with.
I hope it will prove be a long term business relationship.
Outdoor Photography Winter Winner
Gallery At 12 is a small but successful artist's co-oprative based at No.12 High Street in Eccleshall, Staffordshire ST21 6BZ.
They are celebrating their first year together and they have asked me, along with two more artists, to join them on the 1st floor of their newly extended gallery. It's all happening in Eccleshall.
Centre Spread in Local Mag
'Hill House Deer' has come up trumps in this months Outdoor Photography's competition called 'Nature in Winter"!
This image didn't get very far when I showed it in the Stafford Photographic Society monthly competitions, but that didn't stop me trying again. I just love the effect frost has on the landscape.
The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette has very kindly used me for a centre page spread this month! Thank you to Christine Conlin for the amusing and complimentary editorial. Hope you enjoy it
I was awarded 1st prize for my photograph 'Genesis' at the 3 Counties Photographic Exhibition at Keele, last night. All three of my entries were accepted, the other two being 'Fairground Reflection' and 'Hill House Deer.
As if this wasn't enough excitement for one day, the Lord Mayer of Stoke-on-Trent bought my 'Genesis' framed print before the show even opened! Hopefully this will please Margaret and John Exton of Stone who were the first to purchase this image from me!