"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, 24 January 2016

Next steps on the new print.

After a weeks work there are big changes in the way the print is looking. To start off I decided to work on the Owl before continuing with the landscape.

The 4th stage colour is a yellow ochre.

Rolled on the block I then carefully wiped away any ink from the area around the Owl.

Printed it starts to give definition to the bird.

The 5th stage is darker tone of the same colour.

Again I carefully wiped any stray ink from the block before printing.

and the Owl starts to appear from the background.

 The 6th stage is a blue grey colour to bring out the plumage details.

Rolled on the block and it can be seen that not much material remains on the Owl.

and printed.

With the owl more or less finished apart from dropping in a final dark for its eye. It's time to turn back to the landscape. The 7th stage is another blend.

The ink rolled out gives an indication of how the block has been cut.

The difficulty now is to maintain the atmosphere of the print.

After more cutting Stage 8 is a two colour blend.

On the block a big area in the centre has been removed.

and printed. The next colour changes need to be quite subtle to maintain the dusky atmosphere.

Stage 9. Two colours, a darker blue grey and a dark brown for the wheatfield. The small blob of ink floating around on its own to the right of where the Owl was will drop the dark colour on to its eye.

Printed and we are nearing the end. Only a couple more stages to go.

Stage 10. Two more colours, another dark grey and a dark green.

Not much lino left now.

After printing only a final dark colour to go now.

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