"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.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Frenchlands Tower- Moffat, Annandale

Rising Moon Over Frenchlands Tower- Moffat, Annandale.
7 colour reduction linocut. 180mm x 270mm.
Edition of 3.

Midwinter in Dumfries and Galloway, the original sketch was drawn on a bitterly cold New Years day afternoon a couple of years ago.

For this print I wanted the first colour grading from blue to pale from the top down and blue to a pinkish colour from the bottom up. If I was clever enough this should have been done in one pass. However, not wanting to end up with a muddy mess I did it in two. Printing the top half first and then the bottom half. Even doing it this way wasn't entirely successful hence the rather small edition size.

This crumbling ruin stands on a small hill top overlooking the Annan Valley to the east of the town of Moffat.

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