"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, 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.

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.