Wednesday, 19 August 2015

STILLINGFLEET LODGE GARDENS SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION

Rossbeigh Dune Violas - an original lino print
I am delighted to have been asked back to exhibit in the Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens cafe through the month of September. This lovely venue will be the perfect setting for my recent floral studies.


Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens & Nurseries
Stewart Lane,
Stillingfleet,
York,
YO19 6HP
 The opening times are available here.


Photos from last year's exhibition can be seen here

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Rossbeigh Sea Holly

Here's a glimpse at the processes behind creating a print from two blocks of lino.
Rossbeigh Sea Holly



This small edition of just eight prints is available in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Flamborough Hedgerow - new print

Red campion, cow parsley clover, cleevers and plantains all spilling out from beneath a trim hawthorn hedge. A month or two back we c'vanned at Flamborough. We snuck out early one morning to head for the cliffs and the birds but it was these beauties that caught my eye.






This is probably one of the more complex reduction lino prints I have made (it certainly fried my brain at times!). But it was fun working out how to render the character of each different species of flower and leaf.


Flamborough Hedgerow is now available to buy in my Folksy shop.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Viking ships

A few photos from a recent trip to Copenhagen by way of an introduction to a new set of prints inspired by the fragments of Viking ships found at Roskilde, Denmark.


The (almost) step-less Round Tower, built with this spiraling cobbled ramp, apparently so that King Christian IV could be transported to the observatory at the top in a horse drawn carriage.
The Maerske Building.


Off-shore windfarm.


Remains of Viking shop at the vikingeskibsmuseet
Viking Ships I Lino Print

Viking Ships II Lino Print

See my Folksy and Etsy shops for these and other original lino prints.

Monday, 15 June 2015

rolling rolling rolling

When I started printing this morning this was the roller I grabbed - a Japanese hard shore rubber from Intaglio Printmakers. It's about 5 years old. I've mashed the heads of the screws that hold the roller to the handle so have to wash it in one piece. The rubber now has a slightly sticky texture, not sure if this was because I used white spirit on it a couple of times, or age or just general abuse *. Oh and the surface is no longer pristine, no major dings just a slight softening of the edges and some shallow texture. However this is still the one I choose.




Just over a year ago I was seduced by the gorgeous glossy green-ness of a durathene roller. It cost me a small fortune. And still I pick up my old rubber roller. Why? you might ask, well lend me your ears...

The durathene roller itself is a beautifully smooth surface and picks up and lays down ink a treat, it's the rest of the tool that irks me.

#1 the screws holding the roller bit in place are loosely fitting, hide water after washing, rust and then when least expected distribute rust powder over my ink

#2 probably because of #1 my roller squeaks. a lot!

#3 the wooden handle, which screws into the roller handle unscrews itself slightly with each rolling action and has to be repeatedly re-tightened.

I could probably deal with these but the last is my real bug bear

#4 it has no built-in rest to keep the freshly inked roller clear of any surface that will foul the ink


Basically this expensive product has the handle of a tool a 1/5 of its price.

Other rollers I have known ....

I have a smaller version of the Japanese rubber roller, I sometimes use this for selective inking. The other tool in the photo is an old rubber roller, I've  never used this for inking (the surface is very cracked) but it is useful for hand rubbing prints on fine tissues. In the past I've bought and used these cute little rollers nice smooth action and inking but the small circumference makes them impracticable for larger pieces.

I once bought a cheap black plastic roller. Nasty :-( 



* I use Caligo Safe Wash Inks and clean up with soap and water.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ringed Plovers at New England Bay

New print alert!

Ringed Plovers at New England Bay


I love these little ringed plovers and the way they scuttle comically along the tideline. They blend so subtly with their environment that its easy to mistake them for tumbling pebbles. I watched this little group as the sun rose over New England Bay, Scotland.

I created this print from two plates - one for the background of blue blended to sand and the other for the details in buff, orange and black. The detail plate was cut back after each inking until only the little black areas were left proud.

The print was not without mishap. I convinced myself that the orange was too much but was happier when the black was added. And there was a tricky moment with a wayward leg.

TL - the wayward leg TR- the offending section removed BL - a substitute leg carved from a sliver of rubber and BR individually added to all 18 prints in the edition!

There are just 18 prints in this edition and they are available in Folksy and Etsy shops now.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Vote for Newts!

Click to vote for this piece (you will have to scroll down to find it - hopefully not too far!)





This print has been shortlisted in the Jackson's Art IMPRESSIONS OF NATURE PRINTMAKING COMPETITION . Public voting is open until the end of April and can be accessed here .

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