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ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION RELIEF PRINTS

This series of block prints began in May 2004, partially in response to being selected as the featured artist for Amphora, Number 135, the journal of the Alcuin Society, and partly just because I wanted to. I consider many of my pen and ink drawings to be one step short of being a block print, as the images have already been selected, focussed, filtered, and presented as simply as a block print would be. Some drawings are intended to be used as the template for a block print. I just hadn't previously taken the time to start cutting them.


Tools I use for lino cutting: X-acto knife with 011 blade; palm gouge; hand gouge.


My antique J. Smart press (originally called a copying press).


A vertical assembly of the components that I use for printing.


A planholder drawer full of relief print blocks and copper etching plates (upper right).

I enjoy the quiet workmanship involved in cutting a block, and the mental rigour necessary to decide what to cut and what to leave - all of it in the negative, and hopefully mirrored before starting to cut the block. Making the prints is another enjoyable physical process, one that connects me to centuries of printmakers, with its slow repetitive pace of rolling out the ink, placing the paper on the block, pressing the print, peeling it off the block to see the results, placing it to dry, then re-inking the block for the next print. I recently discovered that the press was made by J. Smart in Brockville, Ontario. The Diamond-G logo on it (for Gill, a previous owner of the company) was discontinued in 1912, so the press was made before then, and still works perfectly!



  

I saw this spider web ten years ago in Barclay Park, it was huge! The snake is imaginary, although it has the tail of a rattlesnake. Test proofs are in progress for these two prints.



A number of snakes hand-tinted with Pitt india ink brush pens.



 

DREAM SNAKE

MORNING OWL

 

SKYLINE

KOULOU

MALLARDS


LABYRINTH

LIONS IN SUMMER

HERON


WAYZGOOSE 2019

WINTER GRASS

DARK SWAN


TRAIN A' COMIN'

RACCOON

FLICKER


SNAIL

SUMMER REST

BROOKS MOGUL 2-6-0


GALLERY IN SUMMER

BETWEEN TIDES

WAYZGOOSE MMXIII


WAYZGOOSE MMXI

GALLERY IN WINTER

SKOOKUMCHUCK


RUDBECKIA (colour variation)

RUDBECKIA

COAST RANGE 1


WRECK

EAGLE'S EYE

BASKING


SOUTH SHORE

HIGHER RISES

LOOKING AWAY


RUN

BURRARD BRIDGE

SNOW ON ELMS


WAITING

PRICKLY

SHUCKING SHED


LAWN BOWLERS

OTTERS ON SAVARY DOCK

LIONS GATE colour study


WATER TAXI

LIONS GATE

LOOKING WEST




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