"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.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

20:20 Print Exchange

It seems to have been a  long time since I did any finished work so it felt good to have the inks and rollers out and be back at the printing bench. This small, linocut is my offering for this years 20:20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Salford.

The block is cut with a large area at the bottom removed,  the surface of the remaining lino stabbed all over with a series of small dots and the first colour a blue grey to grey green blend printed.

After cutting a few more random marks into the block the next colour, a darker version of the previous blend is printed.

This may give some impression of the effect I'm trying to get.

A bit more cutting and a darker blue grey and an image starts to appear.

All the background is removed and a final dark blue grey is printed.

Hard Times
5 colour reduction linocut completed in 4 printings
142mm x 142mm
Edition of 25 with 4 Artists Proofs.

A simple little print but making it has given me ideas for something larger and much more complicated, but that is going to have to wait a while yet as I have other work I need to finish first.

1 comment:

stangy said...

This is such a great print, Stuart! Thanks for sharing the process you use - I find it so helpful to glimpse insights into the artist's thinking.