"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, 30 May 2011

Kilnsey Crag Wharfedale

Kilnsey Crag
10 Colour Reduction Linocut.
270mm x 180mm.
Edition of 6.

Finished the print off with the final dark on the crag. This lump of shattered Great Scar Limestone with its massive overhang, stands close to the road as you travel up Wharfedale. The road, just off to the right of the stream, passes beneath the crag and infront of the farmhouse in the middle distance. Shortly after it divides; one branch bearing left to take the traveller up Littondale, the other continuing along Wharfedale behind the hill in the distance.

I was tempted to use black as the final colour, but resisted the temptation. Using instead a dark grey made up from the accumulated leftovers of previous colours all mixed together and saved in an old ink pot. I've pretty much stopped using black as I felt it was too overpowering against some of the paler colours. Even the final colour on the Raven print was printed using this dark grey mix.


Jennifer Tetlow said...

This appears to me a very complicated print - what an accomplishment! I keep looking at it and my brain won't let me work out all the layers!

Think you have enough black on the blog now anyway.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the comment, glad you like the print.

I keep messing about with the colours on the blog. I'm not happy with the black either. Think I'll go back to the white although I felt that some of the drawings looked a bit 'lost' against the white background.

Keith Tilley said...

I like the way that water seems to shimmer. The limestone on the cliffs is just right too.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Keith.

I got a bit carried away carving out the water but in the end it came out OK. With just the right sense of movement on the surface.