A SMILING PAGAN SUN rises on the cover of my brand new Hermitage 2014 Calendar, welcoming in twelve months of art - wonderful and strange and turning with the seasons.
I am exceedingly proud to present to you this new creation, hot off the press!
A beautifully put together 7 inch square wall calendar printed on 100% recycled 170gsm paper by a worker's cooperative, sporting fabulous rustic riso-printed 280gsm 100% recycled brown kraft card covers featuring a newly designed woodcut-style sun and moon motif on front and back.
Inside there are twelve of my oil paintings, watercolours and clocks, chosen season-appropriately for each month.
Each month-grid harbours close-ups from each painting.
The Solstices, Equinoxes, and Quarter Festivals as well as full and new moons are all marked for UK and USA. But best of all, the full moons are named according to the Old English tradition ~ Wolf Moon, Egg Moon, Hunter's Moon, Harvest Moon, Oak Moon etc...
This calendar has been thoughtfully and lovingly put together, and I have Tom Hirons to thank for the really beautiful design and layout, for which he has a far better head than I. The printing was done by the excellent Footprint Workers Coop in Leeds.
I am sure you'll agree that this is an unique and beautiful thing, which you'll want to give to all your loved ones this winter!
The calendar will come with a small hole for hanging (not shown here as the photos were taken before hole-drilling). There is a limited supply of these calendars, so snaffle one while you can! I will also have some available on my stall at winter fairs this November, of which news soon.
I have thoroughly enjoyed creating this little almanac of art, and as we wait for November's blood moon, I hope that it will be the first in a long line of books and printed collections to come!