Sometimes I would really like to get another dog. A few days ago I saw a lovely brindled whippet/cross scampering about in the woods.
I could not help thinking on my late, much loved lurcher Jessie who I drew and painted so often.So just for the sheer love of her and of course of a bit more printmaking practise I made a small print. I liked doing this so much that I plan a few more Jessie tributes. It’s a two plate lino printed with blend rolls on Japanese paper.
Jessie sleeping amongst falling autumn oak leaves. image 16 x 11cms
After the very enjoyable experience with the large print earlier this month I have started taking a closer look at the possibilities of overlaying prints and combining plates. I have made overlays before, sometimes just out of curiosity or even by mistake.
Now I am beginning to find the potential more intriguing, especially where I can combine different types of print: relief and intaglio, monoprint, wood and card or lino etc etc. the combinations are endless but I think this may be a way forward for me. There are technical problems. Plate heights to deal with, ink and paper issues and having the patience to LET THINGS DRY.
Curbing my enthusiasm and impatience is sometimes very hard.
They are getting bigger too. A2 is actually beginning to seem a bit small!
A2 woodcuts ( from the big print) combined with added shapes. Up on the path in the woods the autumn Arum berries are a bright note in amongst the dark tree cover. The woodblocks were made with this walk very much in mind.
A3 prints combining relief and intaglio blocks.
A2 Plates. Wood lino and card plates.
They are loosely based on what I am seeing on the path at the moment, dappled light, twigs, stones, leaves etc I like these.They are an interesting development. For me they need more consideration in the way of content and composition etc etc.. and of course then there is the issue of colour.. Hmmmm… way to go.