Monday, 24 April 2017

Leafscape Second Edition

by J R Shepherd

Judas leaf, aka 'Carlos'.    Leaf 020120171416. 56 x 35 cm, Watercolour on paper, work in Progress

The second edition of Leafscape is well under way! Inky Leaves Publishing has met up with the printer and we have all agreed that this book will have a sap green cover in contrast to the white hard back edition. We have selected the papers and I am now cracking on in the studio trying my best to eek out at least four new paintings in a month. It's hard work, but I am really enjoying it after several months away from the easel. 

Working in the UK on a Fig Leaf in my pop up studio soon after posting the last hard back Leafscape book. 

So here is a sneaky preview of what you can expect, but as you know, there will be a surprise in store as there always is an unexpected element in these books. For those who purchased the hard cover, I am sure you found many things that you weren't expecting. I am also trying to paint a larger Ginkgo leaf (this is super hard going - do not try this at home) and a Rose. 

If you would like to pre-order your limited edition Leafscape book please click here to reserve a copy. Books will be posted during August 2017 at the latest.
  
All of these paintings will be for sale. Prices range from £500 - £1500 unframed. Please contact Inky Leaves if you are interested in purchasing an original. 

Judas leaf, aka 'Carlos'.    Leaf 020120171416. 56 x 35 cm, Watercolour on paper, work in Progress


Friday, 10 March 2017

Hands on deck at Inky Leaves HQ

I realise that there is a distinct lack of painting going on on this blog at the moment... can't be helped - we have leaves to post! This month I will be working hard to make sure that all the limited edition hard back books are shipped out to their new owners. I am also  working hard on my new company called Inky Leaves Publishing which has been set up with the intention of working with other botanical artists who might want to publish a book. So there is a lot of work going on right now.

To be frank, the real reason the Inky Leaves blog is in total disarray is because 2017 has actually been quite a roller coaster emotionally. I am pretty exhausted after the Leafscape exhibition and yet not. Occasionally I can feel myself glazing over and it is during these times when I realise that I am actually pretty tired, but the thrill of undertaking a project such as this sort of over-rides it and I can keep going. 


After the Leafscape exhibition ended and I got home after a couple of days of post-show interviews, I lay on the floor not really knowing what on earth had just happened over those two weeks. I had been in Abbott and Holder everyday meeting you all and felt rather happy in my little den upstairs. I was so overwhelmed after hearing about how far some of your had travelled to see the leaves. I had visitors from New Zealand, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, America and Australia. Some of you had driven miles in the storms, all the way from Scotland. It was utterly amazing seeing everyone in such a short space of time and to be able to listen to your stories and talk about botanical art and where it is going. I was visited by the second year students who are studying at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and gave them a quick talk and then RHS weekend was a real buzz. I was lucky enough to see Rory's daughter, Samantha McEwen and eminent artists such as Rob Kesseler, Martin Sexton and Boyd and Evans and then Rachel de Thame popped with her daughter. Talk about a thrilling experience!

Being ripped away from it was traumatic to say the least, not because I didn't want to leave my leaves or because I was on some massive ego trip, sitting on my throne as the queen of bot. art, - no! It was because I was actually very happy being surrounded by the nurturing essence of Abbott and Holder in all its eccentricity and tradition. It is a mixture I like very much, it reminds me of my childhood. So yes, leaving them behind was pretty upsetting, but I managed to hold a stiff upper lip.




So then I got back to HQ with only three unsold paintings and stood in the middle of my temporary room staring blankly at the walls for a good solid ten minutes, not really able to think. Then I tried to think and work out what actually had just happened during the past fortnight. Stunned, I lay on the floor and decided to just stare at the ceiling instead. Then I howled for a bit then I got up off the floor and started signing books. Life goes on.





Maybe I will process everything when I am back in Spain. That'll be a weird five minutes won't it? Smelling the fire wood smoke and the dried paints in my studio for the first time in months. That'll surely hit a nostalgic nerve?! Yesterday I made the mistake of getting all of my old things out of storage, smelling it all. Inbetween the folds of forgotten fabric from my London home were pockets of forgotten time - a lost world - and yet it didn't sting my heart in the way nostalgia usually does. I realised the smells of fabric conditioner combined with Elizabeth Arden and old shower gels that had been trapped in the weave of the fabric smelt of a past life, of an old Jess and I guess I just didn't feel like I missed her that much. That was then and this is now. 

























So with both the slip boxes and postal boxes having arrived this week, I am now busy packing all the signed books into their packages with the CD inside. It's fun work. I am catching up on two months of radio broadcasting while I do it. Yesterday my house mate Holly Markham joined in on the action with her camera and took these shots. It was a gloriously sunny day outside and we took a short break on the beach. It is lovely to be by the sea again. 



























So there you have it. Inky Leaves is still busy beavering away...  Hopefully by the end of the month I will be painting again. Watch this space.











Thursday, 16 February 2017

The opening night of Leafscape


Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Jess Shepherd at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Jess Shepherd at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Ceramicist Morag MacInnes (background) at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Tom Edwards (leftt) and Phillip Athill of Abbott and Holder opening Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Illustrator and Animator Natasha Pollack and Jess Shepherd at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape before it got really busy - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Artist and poet Martin Sexton with Jess Shepherd at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Producer Brock Van Den Bogaerde (right) at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Ceramicist Kitty Shepherd (left profile) at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Jess Shepherda at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Hattie at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Designer Andrew Leeds Burton at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©



Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Painters Fionnuala Boyd (background) and Les Evans at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Artist Adrian Holme and Jess Shepherd at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Ceramicist Kitty Shepherd (middle) at Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©

Leafscape - Helena Misciocia Photography ©
Jess Shepherd with musician and composer Derek Thompson (aka Hoodlum Priest) Leafscape
- Helena Misciocia Photography ©


Photographs by Jade Wheldon Photography

Abbott and Holder Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Opening night of Leafscape by Jade Wheldon Photography ©

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Artists Jess Shepherd (left) and Samantha McEwen (right)

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Textile artist Georgina Gordon Smith at the Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Painters Carlos Salvador Mira and Jean Harvey at the opening night of Leafscape by Jade Wheldon Photography ©

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Mural painter Roberta Gordon Smith at the opening night of Leafscape by Jade Wheldon Photography ©

Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©
Leafscape opening night by Jade Wheldon Photography ©


Photographs by Jamie Denyer Photography

Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©
Artist Jess Shepherd at Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©

Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©
Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©

Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©
Botanist Tom Christian and Jess Shepherd at Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©

Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©
Leafscape by Jamie Denyer Photography ©

Jamie Denyer Photography ©
John Gainsborough, son of Dr. Richard Gainsborough - founder of ArtReview and Jess Shepherd at Leafscape
Jamie Denyer Photography ©
Photographs by Holly Markham Photography

Holly Markham Photography ©

Holly Markham Photography ©

Holly Markham Photography ©

Holly Markham Photography ©

Holly Markham Photography ©