Rosie Dobson

Printmaker • Blue Route • New in 2022

My work is inspired by the wildlife and natural beauty of Galloway, and reflects my lifelong love of birds. My studio is situated in our mature garden where the many visiting birds provide a constant source of inspiration for both my print and felted artwork.

Images of studio
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My Practice

I began printmaking about five years ago, shortly before moving to Dumfries & Galloway. I am largely self-taught, so it has been a blessing to land in an area rich with other artists who are so generous in their support! Having kept up my interest in drawing throughout a working career which took me away from anything creative, these last few years have been an opportunity to reconnect with my artistic side, and rediscover my passion for drawing, and now printmaking.

I have an enduring love of birds, and wildlife, and have found that the act of studying them and capturing their likeness in my prints to be a wonderful way of expressing that. I have long admired the work of artists such as Agnes Miller Parker, C.F. Tunnicliffe, and Barbara Greg: their ability to capture stunning subtleties of movement and character, in simple black and white lines is inspiring. I now have my own little shop stocking second-hand books featuring their wonderful illustrations, and my own wildlife prints sitting happily alongside them.

Tools & Materials

Up until 2020 I was primarily working with relief printing methods, but more recently have begun exploring the exciting possibilities of intaglio processes. It is possible to create rich tones and textures with etching techniques and this compliments my detailed nature studies, and natural drawing style. The soft sketchy lines, and smudged tones give my etchings a time-worn and aged feel which I particularly like, and I am keen to develop my practice in the year ahead.

I currently work from a spare bedroom in our drafty old house, but will be moving into a purpose-built garden studio in early 2022. The new studio offers a view down the garden with glimpses of our many resident and visiting species of birds, which provide a constant source of inspiration. I hand-print smaller pieces using a glass barren or old wooden spoon, but also have a small Woodzilla Press, an adapted X-Cut machine, and a wonderful Etching Press made in North-East England, named Dolly!

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

I look forward to welcoming visitors during Spring Fling. You will have an opportunity to chat to me about my work, and view original drawings, plates and prints. I will be producing a small print which you will have an opportunity to take your own pressing of. You will also be welcome to enjoy some home-baking in the garden before moving onwards on your Spring Fling journey.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

Friends will be entered into a prize draw

Studio 8

Address

26 Bladnoch, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9AB

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Accessibility

The garden studio is accessed via a tarmac drive, which turns down a small slope onto a cobbled area and gravel path. The uneven ground may be difficult for some. Do contact me for more information to plan your visit.

Facilities

  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Masks should be worn indoors (unless exempt) and visitors will be asked to check in using a QR code for Check-In Scotland. Hand sanitiser will be provided.

Evening Openings

Wed / Sat

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