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Just out of Reach by Carne Griffiths

I’m delighted to be launching a new 20×16″ print on Wednesday the 27th Jan, with Derbby.

Derbby have a unique price structure which works great, making the early prints in an edition extremely accessible.  The usual selling price of Derbby Prints is $149 but for the Flash Sale the price drops to $25.. and that’s where it gets interesting, each successive sale raises the price by $1 !

Derbby aren’t cutting corners however, the print is made on a bright white Epson archival paper at a heavy 330gsm! this is embossed with the Derbby logo and accompanied by an artists signature by way of a certificate applied to the reverse of the piece… this results in a clean ready to frame image.

The piece itself was created in January of 2016 and experiments with creating more layering and more detail than usual, I wanted to give Derbby an image that would translate well in the reduction to a print, making the detail finer and crisper.  Continuing on from the earlier piece this year entitled all I want is everything, the piece reflects on commercial desire, our relationship with nature, and the unattainable.   I’ve included some work in progress images below to show the process of making the work.

If you are interested, the original work will also be made available through Derbby via a unique bidding system.  Checkout www.derbby.com for more details.


Live streaming by Ustream

Just a quick post to say I would be delighted if you could join me for a glass of wine in the comfort of Leytonstone’s Stone Space Gallery from 7pm tonight (8th March)
The live stream for Eden will start again on this page from 1400 GMT today, that’s 0900 EST and 0800 EDT 8th March – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available

Today is the mid-point of the exhibition and I will be drawing .. and broadcasting live from the space today from 2pm through till the private view which should run until 10pm tonight.
I hope you can join me later and if you can bring some plants / foliage / greenery.. all the better.

If you cannot make today’s private view you can still visit the exhibition at the following times.

Thursday 8 March 2pm – 10pm
Friday 9 March 2-6pm
Saturday 10 March 12-late
Sunday 11 March 12-4pm when the drawing will be completed… and dismantled.

Yesterday I took 5 new pieces down to Inkd gallery and talked about some of the new work.  It was good to air the new pieces as there was a slight change in direction and the work was starting to focus solely on floral forms.  I have recently received good feedback from some purely floral works, poppy and undergrowth especially, and I think it is this that has given me the impotus to move into this project without any portrtraiture or human elements both with more confidence and a renewed sense of energy.

It was surprising to react in such a strong way to what are essentially to me study drawings of wild flowers that were picked from the grounds of the studio at Norlington Road, but the reaction has reintroduced a vigorous line and mark making to my drawing that I felt had been missing from the initial pieces I made recently exploring bees… I learnt that sometimes it is good to follow this impulse and not tobe stubborn about the route that the work takes.

below are a few images of detail from the works which include partial studies of thistles roses and other wild flowers … I will be posting completed images of the work fairly soon when I have an idea how the project will develop.  For now I can only say that these pieces are intense emotional responses to the plants and floral forms in front of me, hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them – Carne

After a short break in Thassos, Greece it has been nice to return to drawing in the studio and preparing for several group shows this summer. shown below are 2 pieces inspired by the recent break – firstly by a book I read whilst away and secondly by the variety of different forms of nature experienced.

Experimenting with masked out shapes and bird forms. I have included the sketch and mid point work on this piece to give an idea of development.

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–  it’s a comment on the fashion industry’s use of models… ink and tea on paper 76 x 56cm

Work in progress a new larger scale piece of work, whereby I am returning to concentrate on the underlying drawing in the piece.  This is the largest piece I have worked on, being 1.2 metres square and is a stepping stone to a planned 1.5m metre square piece to see how the inked foliage combines in scale within the image…  more pictures to follow as the piece progresses.

Goldleaf explores sacred geometry, the golden section and it’s link to floral forms. Ink and Tea on paper

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