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  • Yew Tree Studio: Scribblings 6
    see the islands or headlands Pottered about the cottage this morning doing a few sketches and tidying up my notebooks Tidied the cottage too domestic goddess in action I have included a photo of my knitting project for any knitting fans out there I have just realised that I brought the wrong circular needles with me but undeterred I will battle on Have a look at the photo of the

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  • Yew Tree Studio: Short and sweet number 5
    that you can get an idea of how breath taking the scenery in this area really is This was the view that greeted me when I stepped outside the door this morning absolutely stunning The second picture shows the gable ends of the cottages that make up the Cill Rialaig artist residency village From the gable ends on the right of the photo you can see the road in the

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  • Yew Tree Studio: Ramblings 4 from Cill Rialaig
    few rows to take a break from sketching So far I have completed the ribbing and I think I may be heading towards a tea cosy size instead of a hat for myself or I may look for someone with a small head Will keep you posted as to progress if any over the coming days I have been quite lucky that it has been warm at the moment The last time I was here was back in December 2013 and it was freezing So this time I came armed with blankets jumpers and heavy duty thick coats to do battle with the elements So far all I have needed is the light rain coat Today against all the odds it is quite sunny and a great day to get out and walk and look for inspiration I headed down to the abbey near Ballinskelligs beach and walked to the castle along the shore The shore is very interesting along this beach Between high and low tide marks there is ancient bog exposed slowly being worn away by the tides but sitting humpily and lumpy with bits of tree and vegetation being exposed a fresh by each tide wash I have included a photo for you to see I have seen the same phenomena at Caherdaniel Bay and also up at Salthill in Co Sligo Here the bog overlies a pink stone layer which has been broken and erodes easily At times like this I wish I had passed my geology exams and paid more attention I met a man at the Ballinskelligs abbey and he was taking measurements of height around the area using a gps gizmo on a staff I had an interesting conversation with him about how it works He explained that it worked off three satellites

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  • Yew Tree Studio: Jotting 3 from Cill Rialaig
    any sketching or take any photographs outdoors Instead I dressed in all my wet weather gear and headed to Ballinskelligs Beach to have a walk and see what the recent storms have done to the beach front There was lots of lovely seaweed debris on the high tide mark and a few shells but without my sketch pad or photography I could not record it I picked up the pebble you see in the photograph to take back to the cottage to draw There are lots of this type of banded colour pebbles on this beach and it is easy to while away and hour or two trying to find the most interesting one It is the kind of day to light a fire and stay indoors to read and catch up on some valuable thinking time and sorting out some old work When I was driving to Cill Rialaig yesterday it was a lovely day sunshine so blinding I had to wear my sunshades as I drove towards the west I regret that I did not stop to do some walking yesterday while the weather was so good but I was keen to get the car unpacked and get

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  • Yew Tree Studio: Entry 2 of my not so new blog
    on the ground and first floors This exhibition is free to view and will run until Saturday 4th January 2016 So why not pop in and see the work which includes sculpture wall hangings paintings and prints and grab a coffee from the coffee shop too You might glimpse two wood engravings that I have produced I have settled into my studio and set up my table and chair near the window so that I can have good light and a view Looking out the window from my second floor studio I have a view of the back of the Dock buildings and sheds I have noticed that a cat regularly jumps onto the shed roof that houses the heating system for the Dock and curls up around the flue to keep warm while it has a nap I have not seen it in the last day or two possibly far too wet for it Smart cat The water levels are still rising on the Shannon and the car parks near the river here in Carrick are submerged and unfortunately more rain has been forecast just to add to the misery I can see the rain hitting the blue slates of the roof that extends on the return at the back of the Dock from my window glad to be indoors I have packed up a few of my things to bring to Cill Rialaig as I have been offered a few days at the artists retreat near Ballinskelligs in County Kerry This is a group of old cottages which have been renovated for artists to use Each artist is awarded a cottage for a period to undertake their work and the group of houses are run on a self catering basis It is a terrific experience to stay in

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  • Yew Tree Studio: Day 1 of my shiny new blog
    will start with a little information about myself I am a wood engraver and enamelist both of these art forms I will tell you more about over the coming months But my introduction to art was a progression from art classes at secondary school to studying textiles and then to printmaking I really enjoyed art classes at school but life took me in a different direction and I studied archaeology and worked as a museum curator for twelve years I still practiced my art in my spare time continuing to draw and sketch and getting increasingly interested in textile art I really enjoyed printing onto fabric and it was only a short step to printing onto paper and then a whole new world of printmaking opened before me I started with woodcut and linocut printmaking and finally discovered wood engraving which is my main form of printmaking today I have included a photograph of my studio at the Dock The studio is up in the attics of the building and I find it a lovely space to work having both privacy but also connected to activities in the building by the noise coming up from the performance spaces below I

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  • Yew Tree Studio: riveted amphitheatre
    About Matthew Exhibitions Awards Affiliations Acquire Next Previous riveted amphitheatre Size 15 h x 10 w Medium Photo Intaglio Print on Zerkall German Etch Paper Edition 25 Price 310 Ref Date Location London UK Artist Matthew Gammon Next Previous riveted amphitheatre Size 15 h x 10 w Medium Photo Intaglio Print on Zerkall German Etch Paper Edition 25 Price 310 Ref Date Location London UK Artist Matthew Gammon Previous Next

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  • Yew Tree Studio: the sea, the sea
    Awards Affiliations Acquire Next Previous the sea the sea Size 6 h x 6 w Medium Photo Intaglio Print on Zerkall German Etch Paper Edition 30 Price 240 Ref Date Location North Sea Artist Matthew Gammon Next Previous the sea the sea Size 6 h x 6 w Medium Photo Intaglio Print on Zerkall German Etch Paper Edition 30 Price 240 Ref Date Location North Sea Artist Matthew Gammon Previous

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