Drawing a day challenge – Apr 2020

April was a better month for me in terms of drawing. I have started to follow two accounts on social media that are supplying prompts for creativity. On Twitter @AshmoleanMuseum who are posting daily under the #IsolationCreations hash tag, posting wonderous objects from their collection. On Instagram @stillherestilllife who post a photo every Sunday of a still life as a prompt to get creative, they post inspiring works by artists to get you thinking and repost a selection of the responses by followers. I have ended up drawing things I never would have chosen myself, it has been great fun. Here is a selection of some of the drawings from April, I am posting every drawing I do for the drawing a day challenge on my Instagram @catpigeons.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Drawing a day challenge – Mar 2020

Well the world turned upside down, and the havoc and despair that the corona virus Covid-19 is causing globally really hit home in the UK in March, as our numbers of infections and deaths slowly followed the pattern of other countries. These days feel unreal, and I feel tearful and hollow. But I also feel grateful to have a loving family and close friends.

Creativity is a solace to me, something to get lost in. But I find it hard to concentrate on anything in these strange times. In March I completed a few drawings a day, and also worked on collage ideas for Quinces screen prints. I am posting every drawing I do for the drawing a day challenge on my Instagram @catpigeons. I hope that April will bring hope for the future; stay safe everyone.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Drawing a day challenge – Jan 2020

Hello there, it’s been awhile. Starting 2020 I’ve mentally signed myself up to the drawing a day challenge, a hash-tag on Twitter and Instagram. My life situation currently means it is difficult for me to have regular dedicated creative time to progress the many projects whirling around my mind! I am still working on my Five English Owls linocut series, 2 owls to go. I’m working on finalising the design for my Short-eared Owl.

Meanwhile, I felt that if I was drawing everyday, then it would keep the creative juices flowing and help me explore image making. I’m not someone who in my art life draws every day, I tend to ‘make’ when I am progressing projects, when inspiration strikes or I get the art jitters and need a fix. I operate more on a weekly basis.

In January I completed only 13 drawings out of 31 days. Seems terrible? But actually if I hadn’t taken up the challenge, it probably would have been less! Like any resolution, I’m not beating myself up about what I didn’t do, rather I am focusing on what I did achieve. So here are my favourite drawings from January. I am posting every drawing I do on my Instagram @catpigeons

(© Catherine Cronin)

Handmade Prints Sale via Etsy till 30 Dec 2019

I am having a 30 day sale in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CatAmongstThePigeons/items on all my handmade prints. Lots of colour and bold designs available, all in limited editions. Recently I have been making Owl prints, I hope there are some owl lovers out there who might be in for a treat! And if you are in the UK delivery is free! Double win!

(© Catherine Cronin)

Barn Owl, Tawny Owl & Long-eared Owl Linocuts

Work continues on my linocut print series ‘5 English Owls’. To celebrate having three owls available for sale in my Etsy shop, if you buy two prints or more you can get 20% OFF the total price using the code 3OWLS20. This coupon is only valid when buying my Owl prints. Valid from today till 11 September 2019.

 (© Catherine Cronin)

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019

I am extremely pleased to have an entry accepted into the juried Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, opening the 7th Nov and ending on 10th November 2019.

I am in excellent company, you can view the exhibitors at this link: http://www.woolwichprintfair.com/exhibitors-2019

You can buy tickets to the fair at 25% off (price will be £7.50) using code WCPF19 at this link: http://www.woolwichprintfair.com/tickets Offer ends on August 31st.

My entry is a photo-etching with chine-collé, of a courtyard at the Alhambra Palace. I have been lucky to visit this beautiful place on two occasions; the architecture is stunning; the decorative plaster work, mosaic tiles, wood and brick work, in repeat patterns, adorn every surface. Intimate rooms, graceful columns and archways lead you through to beautiful courtyards and gardens with splashing water features, a delight to the eye and mind.

I do hope some of you get the chance to visit this exhibition. I’m certainly looking forward to viewing the work up close, such a different experience seeing prints first-hand, as digital images don’t quite do them justice.

© Catherine Cronin)