Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Four Elements: Earth

Continuing my work inspired by Matisse, I have started a series of prints based on The Four Elements, combining figures in motion with symbols of the elements.

The Four Elements: Earth

Three stage reduction linocut, 10 x 10 cm.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Landscape patterns: 2

Here's another linocut that I have been working on that uses both the patterns of the landscape, and the effect of using multiple images in the same print. The images here are all views from Firle Beacon.

Firle Beacon

Four colour reduction linocut, 16 x 16cm.

I like the effect of the multiple images, and some of the shapes have been simplified towards that point where you can't quite tell if it's a landscape. But the colours (blue sky above green grass) give the game away. And I've ended up with four colours, which is too many for what I am trying to do...

Friday, 19 February 2010

New exhibition

I have a new exhibition opening on 13 March, at the Hop Gallery in Lewes.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Après Matisse

I was very excited to see the prints from Matisse's "Jazz Suite" at the Pompidou Centre last month: bold, primary colours; simple shapes on the boundary between recognisable and abstract; and a great feeling of movement. So I had to have a go at my own version. The "Jazz Suite" edition was stencilprints, created from Matisse's original paper cutouts; my version is a linocut.

Apres Matisse 1

First stage: I've cut away the areas of the linoblock that I want to stay white (that is, where the paper will show through), and printed the block in light blue (ultramarine plus lots of white).

Apres Matisse 2

Second stage: I've cut away the areas of the block that I want to stay light blue, and printed the block in darker blue on top of the light blue.

Apres Matisse 3

3 stage reduction linocut, 16 x 16 cm.

Final stage: I've cut away everything except the two outside figures, and printed the block in black. (The blue looks different in this photograph from the earlier stages; it's actually the same, just slightly different lighting.)

Print finished. Did it work? Not sure: it's a lot bolder than my usual linocuts, and I like the simplicity of using only three similar colours (actually four colours -- the white of the paper is an important part of the design). But it's still not as bold or as simple as Matisse's.

I'll try some more.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

South Downs: 2

I've done some more work on the three landscape paintings that I started the other day.

Firle Beacon

This one's got more definition, but it still needs more.

Lewes from Firle Beacon

This one has more definition too, and there is a sense of distance emerging.

Seven Sisters

This one's still loose in the foreground, but oops, those cliffs are already too realistic. I don't want this to end up like every other picture of the Seven Sisters.

Monday, 8 February 2010

South Downs: 1

Here is the first stage of some landscape paintings that I am working on. There's a long way to go yet.

View from Firle Beacon

Lewes from Firle Beacon

Seven Sisters

Each acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm.