"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.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Summer Prints 2011 Exhibition Opens

The Summer Prints 2011 Exhibition opens at the Calder Gallery in Hebden Bridge on 30th June and runs until September. The preview is tomorrow night from 6pm until 8pm. Further details can be found at: http://www.caldergallery.co.uk/.

I have 8 linocuts in this group exhibition which promises to be an interesting mix of printmaking techniques and methods.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Flamborough Linocut

Colour 4 on the Flamborough linocut. A darker sand colour.

 Followed by colour 5, the first blue.

and then the first green.

Thursday, 23 June 2011


At a loose end this morning so spent it surfing the net for printmakers sites. After looking in on the usual suspects came across this:  www.theartistsloft.com/prints  and spent the next two hours mesmerised by the subtleties of the prints.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

New Linocut - First Colours

After the deliberations of last week I finally settled down to working on the next Linocut, in between mounting and framing my prints for the Calder Gallery Summer Print Exhibition in Hebden Bridge. See the link on the right. Everything is now all framed and packed ready to be taken to the gallery this coming friday. So for now at least I can concentrate on getting this print done, before I have to start preparing for the fast approaching Art in the Pen show at Skipton in August. Anyway, for now; colour 1.

....a pale cream colour. This is the Yorkshire Coast at Flamborough, so the cliffs here are Chalk rather than the Great Scar Limestone of the Yorkshire Dales. In bright sunshine they shine pure white with blue shadows, so I can't use any of  my 'dirty' limestone greys here if I want to retain that summer brightness. Next colour is a blue grey.

The second colour always looks like I've printed it too dark (sometimes I have!), but this time I think it should be ok. It may not be blue enough though. Next we'll start to warm things up a bit.

A bit of golden yellow for the beach.

Sunday, 12 June 2011


Since finishing the Kilnsey Crag linocut I've been at something of a loose end. I have ideas for prints but couldn't settle down to work on anything. I started with this thumbnail of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales.

It has potential but I'm not sure I can make a linocut from it - maybe a Scraperboard drawing.
I tried a drawing of the North Landing at Flamborough and then worked on some thumbnails of Avocets.

If ever a bird was designed for linocutting it has to be the Avocet. But therein lies the problem -trying to come up with an original design.

I then got distracted by this Dunnock outside the window, before going back to the Avocets.

Dunnock. Field Drawing.
Rotring Art Pen.

I then went back to the avocets before revisiting the drawing of North Landing Flamborough.

It looks like this is what we are going with - tune in next week.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Entering the World of Modern Communications

With a lot of help from my teenage daughter (something of an expert on these matters). I now have a facebook page. See the link on the right. Just not sure what to do with it.