"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, 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

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blea Water - Mezzotint

Drying nicely. An edition of new mezzotint prints freshly printed and hot off the press.

Blea Water from Long Stile
100mm x 150mm
Edition of 10 plus 2 Artists Proofs.

This small print is based on a sketch done way back in the autumn of 1996. I had spent a day sketching my way around the Riggindale Horseshoe in the Lake District. Starting from the car park at the head of Haweswater, I crossed the end of Riggindale and climbed up onto Kidsty Pike. From there I crossed on to High Street by way of the Straits of Riggindale, had lunch sitting just below the summit cairn looking down the length of Haweswater reservoir. Descending by way of Long Stile. The late afternoon sun behind Mardale Ill Bell cast a deep shadow down the flanks of the fell and across the still, blue waters of the tarn.

Finished just in time to dry off ready to take to this weekends Printmakers Art Fair in Chester. The start of a busy couple of weeks. The following weekend on 14th June I will be at Holmfirth Art Market and the weekend after on 20th and 21st June at Carlisle Auction Mart for Art in the Pen.

Friday, 29 May 2015


After some weeks of dithering I have finally begun working on the mezzotint plate that I had finished preparing about 6 weeks ago. There is so much time and effort that goes into rocking the plate, that I am reluctant to commit to working on it until I am sure about what I am going to do. This is only a small 100mm x 150mm plate but it still took 12 hours to rock it completely.

This is the state of play after a couple of hours scraping and burnishing. It's quite difficult to get the lighting right so that it shows up in the photograph but I think you'll get the idea.

After a  bit more burnishing I ran off a proof.

Clearly a bit more work is needed.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Above the tide line - Lindisfarne
Reduction Linocut
245mm x 360mm
Edition size 9. ( Started with 10 but lost one due to sloppy registration)

Finished the print with the addition of the final colour. Not sure how to describe this though. It was printed in 11 stages, but counting all the colours used in the blends there are actually 20 colours on it. Anyway there is much in this print that I am pleased with, particularly the treatment of the foreground grasses which I would like to develop in future prints. As usual there are a couple of areas I'm not so happy about, but overall it has come out pretty much as I hoped.

For anyone interested in purchasing a print it can be found here

All that is left of the block.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Lindisfarne print - nearly there.

The block inked with the 6th colour. Another blend from blue grey to green.

and printed. This has made the colour of the boat sheet too dark and grey in tone, so the next colour will be printed just as a correction to this.

Colour 7. A blue, slightly darker in tone than the darkest blue in the sky.

The block inked for colour 8.

and printed. Another, darker blue.

 Colour 9. A brown for the upper paintwork on the boat.

and colour 10. Some darker details. One more colour will see it finished.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

New Print

Started this print last week but for one reason and another progress has been interrupted. Another few days of concentrated work should see it finished in time for the Printmakers Art Fair at Chester on 6th June.

 Colour 1.
A blended roll top to bottom from cream through cool grey and back to cream.

 Colour 2.
A second blend top to bottom from blue grey to a warm mauve grey.

 Colour 3.
A third blended roll, top to bottom from blue through light blue to pale green. This finishes off the sky area.

 Colour 4.
A light blue printed across the bottom of the print. This finishes the patch of sea in front of the castle and gives the highlights on the sheeting covering the boat.

Colour 5.
Another blend across the bottom of the print, from mauve grey through bright green to a darker green.
By now the location should have become apparent.