"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.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Angel of the North - 20:20 Print Exchange

Finally finished the small print for the 20:20 Print exchange. 8 colours on 25 prints.

This was supposed to be the final colour but after spending most of yesterday evening staring at it I decided to add a final dark.

Drying on the floor as I'm running out of space.

The final print after 8 colours with some glare from the still wet ink.

I also printed a simple 2 colour version using the same block.

Not sure which version I prefer.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Angel of the North

Almost finished this small print and after 6 colours the subject is now obvious. The Angel of the North at Gateshead. Only one more colour to go so it should be finished this weekend.

The Angel dominates the landscape around it and I was keen to retain this aspect in the print. Not easy working in such a small format. The image is only 140mm x 140mm. Hopefully this will come across in the finished print.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

20-20 Print Exchange

I have agreed to take part in the 20x20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Salford. Never done this before and it's proving something of a challange. The prints have to be no bigger than the 20cm x 20cm paper size, Which is much smaller than I normally work, the format is square which I don't find an easy format to compose within and the edition size has to be 25, which by my standards is enormous. Anyway I think I have come up with a good composition so here goes.

Colour 1; a light grey and some fluffy clouds.

Colour 2; a dark to light blue blend. The block inked ready for printing.

and the print, and just maybe there is enough information here to recognise the subject.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Working Holiday

A selection of sketches from holiday on the Ceredigion Coast in Mid Wales.

Views from the cottage in the hills above Llanrhystud. Pen and ink on the left and pencil and watercolour on the right.

Aberystwyth Pier. Pen and ink.

Evening Sky and the northern sweep of Cardigan Bay with Snowdonia and the hills of the Lleyn Peninsular strung out along the horizon like a row of islands. Watercolour.

Stonechats (left) and the cliffs north of Llangrannog (right). Both pen and ink.

Llangrannog. Pen and ink.

Swallows on telephone wires (left) and Ynys Lochtyn (right). Both Pen and ink.

Ynys Loctyn. Watercolour. There's a print here!

Two pages of sketches of Gatekeeper Butterflies. Watercolour.

Aberystwyth Castle and War Memorial. Pen and ink. Another print.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ramsey Sound

Clearing Sky over Ramsey Sound.
17 colour reduction linocut. 
254mm x 360mm
Edition of 6.

Finally finished the Pembrokeshire print. This print has its origins a long time ago. The original sketches were made way back in 1989 but I never did anything with them. Until receiving an email from an old friend describing a walk along this particular stretch of coast brought them back to my mind.

For those readers familiar with the Pembrokeshire coast the location is just passed the lifeboat station at St Justinians looking out across to Ramsey.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Catch Up

I have finally got around to posting my Rockcliffe print on my Folksy Shop, you can find it here

After an enforced absence from the world of the web due to a small IT issue, I'm  now back with a new print on the go.

The first colour is a pale cream printed over the whole block with just a few white shapes cut from it.

The second colour is a dark blue to light blend printed across the top half.

Followed by a darker blue across the top.

and a light blue grey across the bottom.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Cutting it Fine

In between spending this weekend getting ready for today's Holmfirth Art Market, I have also managed to get this print finished for Art in the Pen at Carlisle next week. Just need to frame it up now. So here are the final stages.

Colour 9, a brownish grey base colour for the rocks.

Colour 10. Got this wrong I should have printed this before the previous colour.

Colour 11. darker shadows on the rocks.

Colour 12, a darker green across the foreground and then the final dark.

Ebbing tide at Rockliffe.
13 colour reduction linocut. 253mm x 360mm.