Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Back in life class

Test print

I've been looking at it for a few days but today I finally bit the bullet and set up to print.
Not the ideal circumstances but I needed to know how everything could function in the temporary space I've got to work in.
The piece of lino I'm working on, an Amsterdam canal scene, is too big really but it's just about do-able at home. I've learnt that the press needs to be more securely held in place and that the image itself needs a bit more work but overall I'm fairly pleased with how it's gone.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Constable detail

This little fellow is peacefully harvesting hay - you can see his scythe and his rustic clothing very clearly. Which is all the more remarkable when you realise that he is a tiny background figure, less than 1cm high, in Constable's Hay Wain.

You don't even notice him, or his three companions, when looking at the whole work unless you're looking very closely. They're just below the tree-line in the field on the right.


This was one of many joys of my visit to the National Gallery yesterday, which I left wondering why I haven't been for so many years. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Linocut and a roller press

I've had a linocut of Amsterdam on the go for a while but it's finished now.

Just need to print it and see what it looks like, to which end I've just bought a new roller press:

So, all being well, I'll have some prints to show in a few days!

But first this week, a quick gallery tour in London including Botticelli at the Courtauld which I'm particularly looking forward to.