I was asked to do a commission of a cat for Sarah at the St Annes Gallery in Lewes. The commission was from her children and would be a birthday present. Their cat Mathilda sadly disappeared and never returned so they thought a picture would be a touching tribute. I thought it so nice that they thought of me. To be honest it’s not something I normally do as I don’t generally work from photos but when Jess emailed me a few photos I immediately put pencil to paper. Here is the process and the result. Thankfully everyone was happy!
I’ve just proofed a new linocut. I’ve referenced two drawings I made at a cafe in Hanoi. I wanted to bring together the best bits of each drawing. I really liked the patterns in the armchairs (looked quite Matissey to me) and the woman sitting by the window waiting for her friend to arrive. There was a musical theme evident with the many jazz records on the walls and an eye catching gramophone.
I’ve just finished a new cafe linocut. The scene I composed from drawings I made in a coffee shop in Utrecht. This time when I printed the colour I tried the reduction method. So I worked on one piece of lino and printed 3 tones of cream/yellow and then two tones of grey. I’ve limited the edition to just 20. I really enjoyed the approach and will use it again for my next print.
I’ve been working on a series of linocut farmyard animal prints. My nieces were asking for colourful animal prints so I decided to do a series. They helped name them: Bertha (Pig) Cynthia (Goose) Lucky (Goat) Charlie (Cockerel) and Purdy (Horse)
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I really enjoy going to car boot sales and antiques shops. In the summer, there was an outdoor antiques fair in Firle near Lewes. It was a gloriously sunny day with lots of visitors. There was a great atmosphere with music, pizza, coffee and cake too. I enjoyed relaxing on the playing field and did a few v quick sketches. It was a really good view as I could sit behind the sellers. I worked one up into this linocut.
When I was last in Hastings, I did a few sketches of boats and fish. Then this crazy ‘magical’ still life caught my eye on the beach. I’m not sure who set it up, perhaps one of the fishermen? Anyway, I particularly liked the cows head that was made of paper mache. I made him a bit friendlier for my print as the original also included bulbous eyes and red paint for blood! I also changed a few other elements and added seagulls. One of whom is reflected in the mirror on the piano. I also printed it on brown paper to give it a recycled feel.
I often like working on a few prints at a time. I appear to worry less and not get too bogged down if they don’t work out as anticipated. Here’s a linocut of a view towards the Empire State building. When I visited New York, I did a few sketches at the top of the Rock. I really enjoyed the view and watching people looking out at the Manhattan skyline. I particularly liked it here as there weren’t so many people and I had room to sketch (unlike the Empire State Building!).
The print (below) is based on drawings I made in Camden (walking towards primrose hill). I had to feature the friendly blackbird who kept me company whilst I was sketching.