"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."
I'm not too confident that linocut is perhaps the best medium for the next subject. So having said that and not wanting to waste a piece of lino on what might be an unsatisfactory result, I'm working quite small about 180mm x 120mm. However now that I have started, it might have been easier to work a little bit bigger! First colour is a pale blue with a few highlights cut out. I forgot to scan the next colour after I printed it but this is the colour printed on its own.
Next stage is a blend of brownish orange and brownish grey, and the subject is fairly apparent. It doesn't look much printed on its own.
These are the first four colours printed together. So far so good.
4 Colour Reduction Linocut. 180mm x 118mm. Edition of 8.
Finished the Snowdrop print and in only four colours. I deliberately kept this much simpler in both design and the number of colours used. The next print on the way is something much more complicated. The title comes from an old country name for the flower.
I am deliberately trying to keep this print much simpler in both design and execution than in previous ones. I've printed the second colour and now all is becoming clearer, only two more colours to go, a darker green and then a final dark for the background. The ghost of a drawing on the print is from the chinagraph pencil that I drew the image onto the block with. That should disappear after the next colour is printed.
I received word in todays post that all 3 of my submissions to the Ferens Open Exhibition in Hull have been accepted by the selection committee. This was a big surprise it's a prestigious exhibition and very competitive with a lot of artwork submitted. I would have been delighted to get just one of the pieces accepted.
The three works are shown below. Two of them have previously appeared in the blog but the first of them below I haven't posted before. It's based on a collection of shells and pebbles picked up by my children and heavily influenced by Sherrie York's work over at Brush and Baren. Follow the link on the right to see more of her outstanding prints.
Beachcombings. 8 colour reduction linocut. 120mm x 180mm.
Safely Ashore-Hornsea. 5 colour reduction linocut. 150mm x 240mm.
SH218 on the Coble Landing Filey. 10 colour reduction linocut. 181mm x 270mm.
Rose Hips and Snow Shadows. 7 Colour Reduction Linocut. 180mm x 270mm.
With a burst of productivity I printed the final colour on the Rose hip print and then started the next one. After looking back to winter, the next print looks forward in anticipation of the coming spring.
I expect you can guess where we are going with this print. In 3 more colours it will be finished.
I studied illustration at Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen, graduating in 1984. The works shown on this site are based on observations and drawings made directly from life in the field. The field sketches are mostly drawn using a Rotring Art Pen or a soft 6B pencil. The finished studio pieces are generally linocuts but I have recently started working with drypoints and mezzotints. Further information and more examples of my artwork can be found by following the link below to my website.