rp took this photograph of me many years ago, when we first met, in the ’80s.
It captures an essence of what was important then and is important now, namely; I’m painting and rp is photographing.
We’ve managed in some form or another to keep these two things going to a greater or lesser extent, over a period of many years. It is now that we are focussing on what we want to do. I’m developing A Delicate Fantasy; a website to showcase my watercolour work and rp is developing murpworkschrome; a website to showcase his photography.
The photo was taken on Pentax K1000 on black and white film but the exact details are lost in time.
On the canal network of England & Wales, there are many narrowboats of many sizes and styles but the ones that stand out for me and inspire me are not necessarily the pristine vessels of immaculate pedigree. No, it’s the ones, packed to the gills with paraphernalia along the lengths of their roofs. The liveaboad’s boats, who carry all they need to exist. It struck me that the tarpaulin-covered vessels looked like they were transporting dragons.
I’ve created some output – the Books range of Bookmarks.
I’ve finished the first range of watercolour Bookmarks. The range is intuitively called Books 😉
Each bookmark was inspired by a love of books. There’s A Stack of Books, The Book Table, The Bookcase, A Quill and Mouse Books.
They’re held in Glassine (it’s the technical term for shiny paper) to protect them from the elements (and grubby hands) so you’re not getting to see them at their best.
rp & I are in the process of sourcing a printer to get some really good quality prints we can put up on Etsy, where they will be available to purchase. We have a printer in mind and will hopefully have something sorted by the end of the month. Once printed, we’ll open up shop.
The Books Bookmark range is the first for A Delicate Fantasy – the watercolour work of artist mu (that’s me).
Watercolours inspired by flora & fauna, with a delicate fantasy.