Fenland prints

Finally the completed print ‘Bramley blossom’ using for inspiration the bizarrely pruned fruit trees that one local grower seems to specialise in. Whenever I drive past this group of small orchards I have a battle to keep my eyes on the firmly on the road ahead because the trees all look a little like Arthur Rackham’s illustrations and a lot like something you imagined while reading John Wyndham’s Science Fiction novel ‘The Day of the Triffids’. The method or technique of pruning on these trees obviously works because they all produce a phenomenal crop of cooking apples in the early autumn. The print itself was a little bit of a journey of discovery for me in the way it was printed, certainly the application of the ink and the printing method is not intended to give the traditional flat layers of colour and overprinting that you see in almost all other linocut prints. The pressure of the press was continually adjusted, colour by colour, and there are elements of intaglio printing on the print too, ink management if you like. Patient work to execute but very rewarding and helping to fill the personal knowledge bank just a little bit more.

Bramley blossom. A linocut in eight colours printed on 300gsm Madrid Litho White in an edition of ten. Image size 297mm x 210mm approximately. £150.00

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