"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, 27 May 2013

3 more colours on the new print

Colour 2 on the new linocut - a dirty yellowish grey, slightly darker than the previous colour.

The addition of a little blue gives colour 3. I guess by now you can see where this is going.

Colour 4 doesn't look much but a little pale yellow ochre has been added across the bottom of the print. I am trying to keep all the tonal changes very slight. This is a snowscene, but not the brilliant white and strong blue shadows of a crisp sunny day. What I am after is the dirty yellowish light and flat shadows of a heavy snowfall.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Conisborough Castle

The Gateway, Conisborough Castle
7 Colour Reduction Linocut
186mm x 276mm
Edition Size 10

The final dark adds a little more definition onto the castle walls and gives some form to the tree on the right.
After finishing this print, I started on the next.

It doesn't look much, just a yellowish grey with some white blobs cut out. This print is all about subtlety and atmosphere.....so an obvious choice for a linocut then!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Progress on the ruin

Next few colours on the castle print. The first green, printed across the lower half of the block.

Followed by a dark grey colour across the castle walls and the tree on the right. For both of these colours only the relevant parts of the lino block have been inked.

Then a dark green  is printed across the lower half of the block to add some contours and interest to the large flat green area in the foreground.

One more dark to go, printed across the castle and tree.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Back home after a busy weekend at Printfest in Ulverston. Had a really good weekend, met some very interesting and talented artists and made some print sales. See the links on the side to Martin Mitchell, Mark Pearce and Ben Quail. This is my space just after arriving.

Two and half hours later and its all set for the private view. I had spent some time at home working out the hanging sequence, trying to fit the prints into the space. I had almost got it right too. I just didn't leave room for the labels.

Thursday, 2 May 2013


Finally finished packing everything up ready for tomorrows trip up to Ulverston for the Printfest weekend. I just need to fit it all in the car now!

The private view is tomorrow night from 7pm-9pm and the exhibition runs this Saturday and Sunday at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston, Cumbria.