I have just completed the second version of the print whose subject is based on a stand of nearby poplars that I pass most days walking our two Jack Russell Terriers. Two weeks ago we had a blizzard followed by three days of fog, a heavy frost for three days and then freezing fog so the weather and the countryside forced another interpretation of the landscape to the front of my mind. There wasn’t even the merest zephyr of wind but the fog kept on thickening and drifting, then it would reveal an intense blue sky which, within minutes, would disappear as the fog swirled and thickened. The humidity coated the branches in moisture which froze and for three nights the trees, reeds and fields became whiter and whiter and more ghostly. ‘Frost, fog and Poplars’ is number two in the series but at the moment I haven’t a clue what number three is going to be, although my thoughts and ideas are leaning towards a night subject. However we’ll see in the next week or so, but there’s plenty of time for me to change my mind a couple of times more.
Frost, fog and Poplars. Linocut printed in seven colours on 350gsm Madrid Litho White in an edition of twelve. Image area 300mm x 210mm approximately. £175.00.