Monday, 17 September 2012

Art in Action Day at NPF

Mother Hen seemed like a good example of linocut technique to demonstrate.

I explain my lethal pin method of registration.

Printmakers of all types demonstrating their skills.
The most fascinating demonstration was Richard Horne with his Gocco machine! 

Mother Hen In Progress

I draw straight onto the lino and then cut away using a V gouge.

For the first colour layer I wanted to create the petrol shimmer of Betty's feathers. This greeny-blue will be overlaid
with darker colours leaving just a hint of the colour.

The first colour layer drying.

The second block of lino inked and ready to print.

The two first layers. The form is already starting to emerge.

The third layer is yellow. Normally I would print the lightest  colour first but for some
reason I didn't here. I needed to compensate and make the yellow translucent so as not to
obscure the colours already printed.

With the red of the wattle and comb added.

The final key block is added.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Mini Print

The mini print -Rainy Day on Mull- pegged up to dry. Edition of 10.

Mini Print in progress.

For this little print I wanted to return to a windowsill still life.
I have always been inspired by the scottish paintings of Winifred Nicholson and I wanted to create something that evoked the atmosphere of a rainy day on the Isle of Mull.

I wanted to include the little pottery crofts that we bought on Iona.

As with all my linocuts, I have printed the key block straight onto additional lino blocks ready to carve the different colour layers. Here I have drawn the white areaa to be carved away from this block.

The print after cream, pale grey, aqua grey, dark grey, pale pink and dark pink layers have been printed.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The BP Portrait Award 2012 - Private View

Red shoes.

Chatting with the well deserved winner, Aleah Chapin. We met so many other lovely artist's and their sitters. It was a truly amazing evening.

The BP Portrait Award - The catalogue.

In the NPG many catalogues.

And a poster too!

Even more catalogues.

BP Portrait Award 2012 - The Banner.

I didn't know for certain that my portrait would be one of the entrance banners until we turned the corner...and there it was.  

On the right is Alan Coulson's wonderful portrait of Richie Culver.

Rosie and Peter.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

BP Portrait Award 2012 coming soon.

A screen shot of the NPG website showing my portrait of Rosie and Pumpkin.
Seeing this was rather surreal.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Moo business cards.

My Moo round cornered business cards have arrived. I would recommend
They are a tiny bit darker than the originals but the overall quality is excellent
 and they were very prompt.

Betty and Pumpkin final layer.

The final layer goes on. This will be a print run of 50. 
Feathers in detail. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Colour layers for Betty and Pumpkin

Flat colours before the key block.

Betty and Pumpkin key block print.

Lawrence's oil based ink with a tiny dash of reducing medium and one drop of cobalt drier.

The key block fully inked up ready for the first pull.

At this point the lino is wedged into a bespoke cardboard frame, which has my 'lethal pin' registration system running along the bottom. I pre punch holes in all the paper so each sheet is ready to be positioned and printed. I protect my knuckles from the upturned pins with bits of wine corks on the pins. The cork also helps to lock the paper down.
However, before I start printing onto paper I will now print the lino onto more lino using a non absorbent shiny paper to transfer the image. For this image there are 8 additional colours. 

Carving Betty and Pumpkin.

I always start with the eye(s). If an eye is not right then there is no point continuing.

Overlaying feathers. 

The straw was the most challenging aspect of this carving. The random interweaving strands needed to remain convincing whilst also creating a hint of  diagonal lines crossing each other to compliment the rest of the rhythms in the piece.

Monday, 11 June 2012

A linocut in progress.

First sketches.

Quick colour plan.

Sketch of Betty and Pumpkin on the nest in watercolour, gouache and ink.