"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.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


It's not often that I have 3 projects on the go at the same time but for once I've been juggling images around. The Fountains Abbey print is now completed.

Fountains Abbey
10 colour reduction linocut
252mm x 342mm
Edition of 8

The new mezzotint is almost finished. Just a few little tweaks and it will be ready to edition.

and I've begun work  on the next linocut

Doesn't look much at the moment, just  a blended roll from grey through buff to blue grey.

These next couple of weeks are relatively quiet before the rush of November which is looking to be quite busy. I'm at Masham Town Hall on the 1st for the Crafted by Hand fair. The Corn Exchange in Leeds on the 7th for Leeds Print Fair, teaching a two day workshop at Malham Tarn for the Field Studies Council the following weekend. At Buxton in the Peak District on the 21st and 22nd for the Artists and Designers Fair and finally back to Holmfirth on the 29th for the Art Market. Then it will be time to knuckle down and really get on with making some new work ready for next year.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

New month - new linocut

Print no 2 in my attempt to make 15 new prints in 30 weeks for my upcoming Solo show at the Abbott Hall Gallery in Kendal next March. After cutting away the white areas, colour 1 is a pale cream. Unusually at this stage there is maybe just enough information visible in the print for someone familiar with Yorkshire's crumbling relics to recognise the location.

Colour 2 is a pale grey.

Colour 3, blue and still wet hence the shine from the camera flash.

Colour 4, the first green.

Colour 5. A darker version of the first cream colour. The location is definitely recognisable now.

Colour 6. A pale purple grey colour.

Colour 7. A second green.

Two more greens and a final dark should see it finished.