"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

New month - new linocut

Print no 2 in my attempt to make 15 new prints in 30 weeks for my upcoming Solo show at the Abbott Hall Gallery in Kendal next March. After cutting away the white areas, colour 1 is a pale cream. Unusually at this stage there is maybe just enough information visible in the print for someone familiar with Yorkshire's crumbling relics to recognise the location.

Colour 2 is a pale grey.

Colour 3, blue and still wet hence the shine from the camera flash.

Colour 4, the first green.

Colour 5. A darker version of the first cream colour. The location is definitely recognisable now.

Colour 6. A pale purple grey colour.

Colour 7. A second green.

Two more greens and a final dark should see it finished.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The moment of truth

 After working on this mezzotint plate on and off for the last couple of months it's time to see what we have.

The messy bit


Wiping the plate

Ready to print

Well we've got something. For a first proof I'm quite happy with this. It's still too dark and needs a lot more work on it, but at this stage it's better to be too dark than too light.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Ancient Oak Tree

Into the gathering dusk
Reduction Linocut
Edition of 9
251mm x 360mm

With the addition of the final dark the print is finished. 13 colours printed  in 8 stages

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Almost there

Continuing with the latest print. The next colour is a dark orange for the wheatfield.

the inked block

and printed.

The next colour is another blend from greenish grey through to a brighter green.
The inked block

and printed

A bit more cutting and another blend from grey to darker green.
The inked block

and printed.

So far counting all the colours used in the blends I've put down 12 colours in 7 stages. One final bit of cutting and a last dark will finish the print.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

New Print

The start of a new print. A small patch of lino cut away to remain white and the block is ready for printing. Not really given any thought to the colour palette yet as much will depend on the first printing as this is going to set the atmosphere for the whole print.

Block inked up with a blend from dark grey through orange to yellow.

and printed.

The next stage involved some complicated cutting to remove the bulk of the sky

and then a small patch of blue inked up

and printed.

The blue patch on the block was removed and another blend from blue grey to orange inked up across the bottom of the block

and printed.

Next the block was carved to add some detail into the wheatfield and inked up with a blue grey to light green blend.

and printed.

The intention was to get this print finished in time for next weeks Wirksworth Arts Festival weekend but from this point the carving is likely to be quite time consuming and I don't want to rush it just for the sake of trying to get the print finished.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

20:20 Print Exchange

It seems to have been a  long time since I did any finished work so it felt good to have the inks and rollers out and be back at the printing bench. This small, linocut is my offering for this years 20:20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Salford.

The block is cut with a large area at the bottom removed,  the surface of the remaining lino stabbed all over with a series of small dots and the first colour a blue grey to grey green blend printed.

After cutting a few more random marks into the block the next colour, a darker version of the previous blend is printed.

This may give some impression of the effect I'm trying to get.

A bit more cutting and a darker blue grey and an image starts to appear.

All the background is removed and a final dark blue grey is printed.

Hard Times
5 colour reduction linocut completed in 4 printings
142mm x 142mm
Edition of 25 with 4 Artists Proofs.

A simple little print but making it has given me ideas for something larger and much more complicated, but that is going to have to wait a while yet as I have other work I need to finish first.

Sunday, 5 July 2015


It's been a month since I last posted any finished work. The last few weeks have been busy with a number of art fairs so I haven't spent much time on doing any new work. I finished drawing out this drypoint earlier this week but have only got around to printing it this morning.

Low Ryelands - Littondale
140mm x 210mm