"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.

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove
Reduction Linocut (nine colours). 270mm x 180mm.
Edition of 5.

Well I didn't finish in time for Christmas but I have managed to finish it before the year end, just! And in the intended nine colours rather than the ten or eleven that I thought it might run to. There were one or two hicups along the way and I lost three prints due to sloppy registration.

This is Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales, a massive limestone crag from the base of which emerges Malham Beck. Described by the artist John Busby as looking like a giant butterfly pinned to the landscape. From the top of the crag a valley leads up onto the moor and eventually to Malham tarn. This valley is now dry, but eons back in the mists of time, it must once have carried a torrent that plunged over the lip of the cove in a waterfall higher than Niagara.

Happy New Year !


Keith Tilley said...

The print is another nice one Stuart. Looking at it I can see what John Busby meant by the butterfly.

Happy New Year.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Thanks Keith and Happy New Year to you.