"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.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Cliffs near Llangrannog

North from Llangrannog
13 colour reduction linocut
274mm x 357mm
Edition of 9

Finished the linocut with the addition of a final dark to bring out the structure of the bedding planes in the rocks.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nearly Finished

Colour 8, a dark purple grey, the  base colour for the shadowed area of rocks.

Colour 9 is a dark blue for the shadowed areas of the far headland only.

Colour 10, another dark grey.

Colour 11. A dark green for the shadowed foreground grasses.

Colour 12, a second darker grey.
One final dark to go now to bring out the detail in the structure of the rocks.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Linocut progress

I was right, this will take longer than a week. Four more colours down and now we are getting somewhere.

Colour 4. A brownish grey to provide the base colour for the cliff face. I've only inked up the right hand side of the block, I don't want any of this colour in the sea.

Colour 5. A light green. At some point during every print there comes a time when everything just looks a right mess....and this is it. With hindsight I should have printed this before the brown.

Colour 6 is a blended roll of a blue green through to light blue.

the ink is still wet so there is a lot of glare in this photo but now everything is starting to pull back together.

Colour 7 is a further dark blue to finish off the sea. I am pleased with the effect of sunlight on the cliffs on the right of the picture. This wasn't planned for and is totally unexpected but now it's there I want to develop it further. Just not sure how yet.

Monday, 13 April 2015

This weeks project

I suspect this may take longer than a week. Another print based on sketches from last summer's holiday on the Cardiganshire Coast.

Colour 1. A warm grey. The drawing has offset from the block but will be covered by the later colours. So much for permanent markers!

Colour 2. A cooler, blue grey.

Colour 3 is a blend from blue green to light blue across the block.

and printed. Trying to get some movement into the water. Not sure where I'm going next. I haven't decided if I'm going to put one more blue on the sea or start to deal with the large solid block on the right. There are some light shapes to go onto the right which I should put in before it all starts getting too dark.

Monday, 6 April 2015

What I did on my holidays

Started this on Friday morning and finished it this afternoon

Block cut and inked for colour 1

Colour 1 printed. Trust me there is something on this piece of paper. A very pale blend of cool to warm then back to cool cream.

Block cut and inked for colour 2. A dark to pale blue blend from top to bottom.

Colour 2 and 3 printed. I forgot to photograph colour 2 on its own. Colour 3 is a pale yellow brown printed across the birds breastband and head only.

Colour 4. A second slightly darker blue.

Block inked for colour 5.

Colour 5 printed. A blue grey.

Colour 6. A dark blue for the deep shadows in the birds underwing.

Colour 7. A mid brown for the plumage markings.

Block cut and inked for Colour 8, the final dark.

Colour 8. A final dark brown and the print is finished and still wet hence the glare from some of the wet ink.

8 colour reduction linocut.
240mm x 170mm
Edition of 10.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

High Stacks Flamborough Head

High Stacks, Flamborough Head.
12 colour reduction linocut.
255mm x 350mm
Edition of 10 prints.

Finally finished this linocut. I was trying to get it done in time for the Hepworth printfair two weeks ago but the cutting was way more complicated and time consuming than I anticipated. I'm also struggling to take a decent photograph of it too. The dark greens on the left of the headland are coming out much more blu in colour than they are on the print.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

New Work

Had quite a productive couple of days. With the first of this years art fairs coming up at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield in two weeks time I need to get some new work done.

First of all I've got a couple of colours down on a new Linocut.

 Block cut and inked for the first colour. There has been quite a bit of carving done already as this print will have a lot of white areas in it.

 First colour printed.

 After a bit of cutting, block inked for the second colour

I could have printed this colour first and then printed the grey. But the next colour is going to be a pale green and that will look much more vibrant on top of the yellow than it would on the grey. Well that's the theory anyway. It should start to make more sense after the next two colours are printed.

After dithering around trying to decide if the mezzotint that I have been scratching and scraping at for the last couple of months was finished. I finally made the decision and printed the edition. I'm still feeling my way around doing mezzotints, this is only my third attempt at one and it's taken a bit of experimenting to get the pressure right on the press and to wipe the plate properly. There is a very fine line between getting it right and wiping too ink much from the plate. But after 7 hours of,  it has to be said, pretty monotonous inking, wiping and printing I now have an edition of 20 prints laid out and drying off nicely.

Time for a beer!