Diary entry October 18th 2012

I have been doing some house keeping and decided to delete Diary.

I have copied the posts to this new ‘post a day page’ and will add diary entries when I have anything to say. The page will also have links to events that may interest you, or not!

Hope you will find something of interest here or in the other categories in menu.

October 2012

Open Studios has now ended, but the work remains in Unit 3. There may be another opening  of the exhibition at the end of October to coincide with an event to be held at Dicker Mill.

I have now turned my attention to print experiments. I have been spending time at The Forge Digswell finding my way with this medium.

Today has produced some interesting images in response to a photograph of a building in Bond Street last week.

These are a couple of mono prints I made today. (see above)

September 2012

The Open Studios are almost at an end. This weekend Unit 3 at Dicker Mill will be open on Friday evening from 5-7pm. Saturday and Sunday will be from 11-4pm.

The Open Studios this year has been a great experience, with many interesting visitors coming along to see the work. The Open Studios at The Forge Digswell was also well attended and a good response from all concerned.

As the Open Studios draw to a close a new project for 2013 is already forming. more details to follow.

Hope to see more visitors this weekend and we will be keeping the work in place for a further few weeks if you would like a private view please contact us.

August 2012

I will be preparing for the Open Studios during the next few weeks. I now have the use of a large unit adjacent to my studio at Dicker Mill. This will be an opportunity to re present praesentia’s recent work of their group show at Courtyard Arts.

I will be showing ‘stream’ in this great space and some retrospective paintings and photography. I hope to have a new video that I am working on..hopefully if edited in time.

Hope to see you there..the PV is Friday evening September 14th 7-8pm.

July 13 2012

I have now joined the Digswell Print Makers Group at The Forge Digswell. I am playing with materials at the moment and finding my way with this new way of working..very different to the recent video ‘stream’

Hoping to bring together digital images and print processes using various substrates. A recent visit to the Summer Exhibition was of great interest as the print work was very inspirational to me, the simple, minimalist pieces especially.

Hoping I will have something to show before Open Studios in September!

May 13 2012

Two of my mill stream images are showing in Maxin Porcaro Salon courtesy of Max..thank you Max!



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April 30 2012

I have one painting showing at The Hertford Art Society 60th Open Exhibition…

The Hertford Art Society 60th Annual Open Exhibition will take place at Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge Hertford SG14 1PG

The Exhibition will run from 6th to 19th May 2012.

Open Mon-Fri 11-8pm Saturday 10-5.30 and Sunday 11-4.30 Exhibition closes Saturday 19th May at 2.30pm.

Running for two weeks each year, the Annual Open Exhibition is a highlight of Hertford’s artistic life and attracts hundreds of visitors. Over 300 artworks are exhibited having been selected by a panel of judges from the work submitted. The 2011 Exhibition featured paintings, collage, digital images, prints, sculpture and fused glass and visitors praised the high quality and great variety of exhibits.

April 7 2012

Following our de brief of the exhibition at Courtyard we are now planning our next project.

Thinking time at present to consider a location and subject matter.

In the meantime we will be researching possible markets for this year, which are a good way of spreading  praesentia awareness and selling a few cards, and mounted work etc.

We had an excellent response to the exhibition at Courtyard and visitor comments were very positive.

Sally and Veronica will be exhibiting at The Digswell open Day in May (see Digswell web site for details) and we will all be taking part in the HVAF Open Studios in September 2012.

Watch this space for further events and also:





March 25 2012

Well…I did speak too soon…the large print was warped when I tried to hang it in the gallery…so a quick re frame and a day later it appeared on the gallery wall! The private view went well…thanks to everyone that came along and supported us. It was a great evening and we received favourable reviews!

March 4th 2012

Everything ‘flowing’ into place..hope I haven’t spoken too soon!

The video is almost there and the stills are with Mark at Gillmarks for mounting and framing…what could go wrong?

here is the link to video…still needs tweaking:https://vimeo.com/37863257

All constructive comments are welcomed.

February 17th 2012

After a frantic week with my mac not responding when editing my movie project……it is now working again! phew…Still going to Apple  store to check it out.

The movie is progressing and I will continue to edit bits until I’m sure its the best it can be.

I now need to select some stills for the show and decide how to present them. I am undecided about printing on metal, although the light reflection would be great with the images of water……..

February 9th 2012

Still undecided as to how to present stills.

Have added some footage to draft video…need a break from it to avoid an overkill :http://gallery.me.com/caryl.b#100083

February 1st 2012

The first draft of video for Courtyard…comments please….

MobileMe Gallery – mill race28jan2012.

January 29th 2012

I have recorded more footage of the Mill Stream and parts of the Lea Navigational that feeds the mill race. It seems to be coming together now and some of the frames will make great stills.

I have to decide whether to project the video or view on screen- either way I will need a dark corner to view! All very exciting and Sally and Veronica have great new pieces for the show that have taken a new direction.

January 14th 2012

Proposal for Courtyard Arts Exhibition March 2012

For many years, using photography, I have documented my experiences in the landscape. My work focuses on observing and recording images of landscape, neglected and once abandoned buildings, traces of the layers of history that echo a universal theme of transience, absence and presence.

Throughout the history of Hertford the waterways and rivers have played an important part in the development, and at the same time, constriction of its growth.

My focus for the Courtyard Arts exhibition will be the site of Dicker Mill by Hartham Common. I have made observations of the derelict mill race and the mill stream, fed by the Lea Navigational Canal and the surrounding area. I am particularly interested as to why the Mill was abandoned and left to decay and to convey its present sad demise.

The project is still in development stage but I hope to incorporate mapping imagery of the specific area into the work using video, or possibly stills and mixed media paintings incorporating photographic transfers.

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Hidden Hertford:
Dicker Mill

These remains are all that is left of the old Dicker Mill close to Hartham Common. The Mill was a part of the Priory Estate and moved downstream from it’s site by the Priory in the early 17th century. Latterly it was an oil mill extracting oil from seeds such as linseed. It closed in the 1920′s and the site is now occupied by the Dicker Mill industrial estate, although the remains shown here can be found close by.

During my research of Dicker Mill in the Hertford library I discovered a photograph of the house that used to stand near to the island near the mill race. It is dated 1932.

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