"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, 30 March 2014

Progress - Colour 4

Decided on the blue.

A lot of cutting to do now as the sky is more or less finished apart from a few darker areas. The next step I think will be a strip of pale green for the grasses in the sand dunes above the beach, then a strip of darker yellow colour for the wet sand above the receding waves.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

New Print

The first colour is a very pale yellow, just darker than the white of the paper. Nothing much is given away about the subject matter, just a few vague cloud shapes. Lets ink up the block for the next colour.

A very pale blue grey which gives us...

More idea of the sky, a bit of beach, some waves and something in the centre that appears to be obscuring part of the sky. Not much cutting away before the next colour, although as this only appears in the lower part of the image I'm only inking part of the block.

Apologies for the shadow of the window blinds across the picture. You can't really get a good impression of the colour from this. Its a nice sandy yellow colour.

Time for some thinking now. Not sure what I'm doing next - pale blue or another, darker browner yellow.

Friday, 28 March 2014


I spent last weekend teaching a reduction linocut workshop over in Rossendale at Alan Birch's Prospect Studio. It is always a pleasure to work with the artists here and although we only had two days. Some really good work was produced.

Chloe's Harpist

Jo's Building

Kay's Macaw

Pete's Seascape

Severine's Landscape

Alan's Landscape

Monday, 17 March 2014

Interrupted Work

I started this print around Christmas time and then had to put it to one side to complete other work, Finally got around to finishing it. And although I would rather work on a print from start to finish in one go, despite the interruption in work I'm quite pleased with how it has worked out. These are colours 7 to 11.

Colour 7

Colour 8

Colour 9

Colour 10

All that's left of the block after printing the final colour

11 colour reduction linocut. 170mm x 267mm
Edition of 10 prints.

If you would like to buy this print it can be purchased from my Folksy Shop

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Buttertubs Pass

Rain over the Buttertubs Pass
12 colour reduction linocut.
265mm x 170mm
Edition of 10

Another completed print, recently delivered to the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds. This shows the Buttertubs Pass between Wensleydale and Swaledale on a typical winters day. Grey sky and a grey landscape.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Catching Up

Got a bit behind with posting the step by step stages of this print so here is the progress to completion

This is the stage at colour 7, I missed photographing a couple of earlier stages.

Colour 8 adds some purple patches of heather.

Colour 9 some blue shadows around the waterfall. Two more greens then completes the print

Greu Mares Tail
11 colour reduction Linocut
268mm x 170mm