french fields

Itching for an Etching

My family and I went out to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea a couple of weeks ago. Our children like these fairs because the art is quite approachable.  No one tells them to shush and maintain their dignity.  They like looking for quirky artwork and usually there is some sort of art activity for children such as printmaking or pastels.  This year we used pastels to create butterflies which I have now put in colourful Ikea frames for their rooms.


At the fair, we met Meg Dutton who had a stand with these amazingly detailed prints of Moorish architecture.  She is a British artist who works in London and finds inspiration from London and her trips abroad.  She focuses on the pattern and detail in her subjects.

Meg Dutton

Meg started talking to us because Mr. N and I were standing around discussing what the R.E. after her name meant.  We assumed it wasn’t Religious Education.  She told us R.E. is the abbreviation for the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (formerly the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers).  Started in 1880, this society was a counterpart to the Royal Academy who were too snooty to recognise printmaking as a creative art.

Her prints are in black and white as well as colour.  She adds a gentle wash of watercolour  for a soft look which does not overpower the intricate details of the prints.

watercolour etching

Meg also now is starting to work with the landscape of the south of France as in this painting.  I love the pattern and colour of these fields which really evoke the feeling of France in the summer.

french fields

We couldn’t decide which prints we liked best – whether black and white or with watercolours.  The black and white really highlight the intricacy of the patterns but I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to colour.  What do you think? Which one would you pick?

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