Sometimes after some concerted work in one area it is good to try something else. A change is as good as a rest they say, so recently I have been doing a bit of relief printing. A set of small lino cuts. With these I was looking to explore some different colours, a more subtle palette than from the recent screen prints. There was no set plan, I just started with some light tones and worked progressively darker.
Some were in a sort of salmon pink, mixed from crimson, golden yellow and burnt sienna and varying levels of white. Then a green range mixed from prussian blue, raw umber and white, and finally a steel blue tone, again using the prussian blue and white but with a touch of black and crimson.
In the screen prints I have been mixing the colour primarily through an optical approach by translucent layers. This work involves mixing the colours directly so is quite a different challenge. Each of the prints consists of a solid colour background, from a piece of uncut lino, and then a second colour on top from a cut plate. I have been mixing the prints with pale and dark background, and prints with different tones of the same colour as well as different colours.
This has given me quite a bit to think about colour wise as well as the development of the images themselves. A set of the prints are now on the wall at the studio.
|Recent lino cuts on the studio wall|