Work in progress: New linocut

23 April 2010

I've started work on a new linocut. It's 30 x 24cm: the largest block I've worked with, so far.

This is the first stage: I've sketched the design in pencil, and then gone over it in detail with a Sharpie marker. (The best sort of marker to work with on lino! It doesn't lose any of its definition when you clean the plate -- all other "waterproof" markers that I've tried fade in the washing.)

This stage took about three hours... It's going to be a long night.

Ashdown Forest again

16 April 2010

I've started painting Ashdown Forest again. This is the view from Camp Hill, looking north.

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

I like the colours in this painting (ultramarine, cadmium yellow, red oxide, and a bit of cobalt in the sky, all over an underpainting in burnt sienna); and I like the perspective of the path leading you to the distant hills. On the other hand, I think the blocks of colour could do with more variety: some softer edges maybe in the distance, and some scruffier bits in the foreground.