Week 3 Artist in Residence Helen’s Skidmore’s Water Lily Linocut

23 August 2021

“Linocut relief printmaking is a technique that can be bold and subtle, express detail of connection and movement between back, mid and foreground…”

In the studio.

As I look through my drawings of Canonteign and consider the layers, the seen, the unseen, my tools will act as a form of remembering the subtle elements of place. Linocut relief printmaking is a technique that can be bold and subtle, express detail of connection and movement between back, mid and foreground.  Once carved, the lino plate is inked, the larger plates that won’t fit through my press are hand burnished.  For ‘water lilies at Canonteign Falls’ I decided to carefully mix relief inks into a subtle green, which softens the image against the strength and fragility of cream Okawara Japanese paper, this feels to respond to the character of Canonteign.  I am currently working on my next linocut plate.

Next week I will be taking copper plate over to Canonteign, with my drypoint tools, to make intaglio plates ‘en plein air’.

Date for the diary – Canonteign Artist Exhibition 11th — 26th September 2021.

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