"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, 26 January 2014


A quiet corner in Dent.
3 colour Reduction Linocut
177mm x 120mm.

Finished the demonstration piece. For me not a typical print, Its only two colours plus black for a start and I don't usually go in for a black outline and border round everything. So alongside my usual work it looks a little strange. However, it served its purpose as a demonstration print, as I printed the final colour as part of my talk last friday at Doncaster Art Gallery. Not being a particularly confident public speaker it was quite helpful to have something to do whilst talking.

Now to get back to some proper work. If all goes well, next week should see a big piece I have been working on finished. It will have to be a full reveal though as I haven't been photographing any of the stages.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Demonstration print colour 2

The second colour for this print is a pale blue, for the sky and cool toned shadows. When over printed on the pale orange of the first colour it looks like this....

All that remains now is to cut away the blue areas and print the final dark as part of my Artists talk at Doncaster Art Gallery on Friday.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Easing back to work

Colour 1.

Unusually for me I have three prints on the go at once. More on the others later, this one is the simplest, two colours plus black. For once I have a plan and I am sticking to it. This is for a demonstration piece, my intention being to  print the final black as part of a talk I will be giving at Doncaster Art Gallery next week. The next colour to print will be a blue for the sky and the colder toned shadows and then a final black to tie it all together. It's a  long time since I made a print using such a restricted  number of colours and it's been quite a challenge to pare everything down and resist the temptation to add another few colours.
The scene is of Dent in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales.