Waiting for my handprinted Christmas cards to dry so I can get them in the post. I usually come up with a new design that I handprint or sometimes use an image that I’ve made that year and had printed professionally. This year it’s simple images of trees and a holly wreath.
Will anyone spot what’s odd about a couple of them……
This print is made up of three layers. This is achieved by cutting more away from the original piece of lino between each printing. The process referred to as reduction lino means that the print edition can never be repeated.
Method: Reduction Linocut
image size: WXH 15 x 10 cm
This simple lino cut is my Christmas card design – a warm red jumper with holly motif. I love wool, woolly jumpers and knitting. As I have just resumed knitting a jumper which I started knitting over 6 years ago I was inspired to put a festive woolly on my Christmas card.
I have been obsessed by the Dockyard cranes for some time. ‘Cranescape’ is one of my favourites. I have recently been working on an etching which combines the cranes with naval ships. ‘Daring’ is a work in progress – it has a long way to go. Etchings take time, there are many processes to go through (etching the line, aquatint, adding textures and so on) and you don’t know exactly what you are getting until you take it out of the acid and make a print. ‘Daring’ may have a number of reincarnations but i will get there – watch this space.
I have just completed an edition of Linocut prints which I have decided to call ‘Rapt’. The image is based on a sculpture I saw at the annual exhibition in Chichester Cathedral Cloisters. The sculpture by Kate Denson and is entitled “Sun Day Worship”. It is of a young woman sitting on a bench, with one knee drawn to her chest. She seems to be lost in some sort of reverie; be it of sorrow, fancy or epiphany. She is alone with her thoughts and unaware of the world around.
Continuing my schoolboy morbid fascination with World War 2 and the horrors of mass bombing. In the Lancaster bomber, trapped in a searchlight, seven airmen face mortal peril. Down at ground level it’s no picnic either. The city is ablaze and the population is fleeing.
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