"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, 27 May 2012

Nocturne - Two more colours

Next after the dark blue is this warm brown grey, and the subject becomes clear - Nightjars.

The next colour is a dark blue grey to add some plumage details and the landscape. One final dark after this will see the print finished.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Nocturne 2nd and 3rd Colours

After the initial pale colour the remaining colours start to get much darker. The second colour is a medium blue grey followed by a deep blue to set the tone of the night sky.

Thursday, 17 May 2012


I was recently approached by the Sculptor Robert Jakes asking for permission to use my image of a swimming Otter from a linocut I did last year. 

He had been commissioned to carve a series of benches for Rosemoor Nature Reserve at Walwyns Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. I was intrigued as to how Robert would use the image and have been waiting in anticipation for a glimpse of the finished piece. It has been well worth the wait..

To see more of Roberts work follow the link to his website on the right.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Nocturne. First Colour

Not much to see yet, just a pale yellow with a few white shapes cut out. This is the second of my rather tenuously dance themed prints. Hopefully complimentary to the Lapwing print. The inspiration for this comes from the first line of  JJ Cales' song Magnolia, and some drawings made on Dunwich Heath in Suffolk.

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Spring Skydance-Lapwings
7 Colour Reduction Linocut. 270mm x 180mm. Edition of 8 Prints.

Prints 1 to 4 are printed on my usual Winsor and Newton Cartridge paper, prints 5 to 8 are printed on a batch of Hosho paper. Which when I last used it, I had a lot of trouble with it sticking to the block and then tearing. This time I managed to print on it without any problems. I still don't have enough confidence in it though to use it for an entire edition.

With the final dark the Lapwing print is finished and I can start on the second of my prints based on the theme of 'the dance'. The next print will have a much different atmosphere, slower movement and hopefully a calmer and more contemplative feel.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Lapwing Print - nearly finished

After the dark blue printed previously, the next dark layer really starts to bring the image together. With only one more final dark to go, it is time to start thinking about my next offering on the theme of 'the dance.'