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Friday, 23 May 2014

Coot and Willow Print

I’m still working on the lovely cootses and as it’s a while since I did any lino work I made a quick trial reduction print to work out some ideas. It’s an image I want to develop along with some others. I like these neat birds.

c-sketches-bg   coot-6-bg coot-roughs-bg

I did a few initial drawings and tonal sketches for what will be a 3 colour reduction.


Various first stages and the lino block


Some final stages with various different colourways.

I like the image, but the printing needs work :). Maybe one really good one out of 6.

Coot and Willow..  image 6 x6 inches

I see the coot pottering about on the shoreline here, in and out of the willows. There is always a fisherman somewhere. The coot is large, the willow tree is small. That’s just how I wanted it.


Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

I like coots too - and can never get used to the idea that they have blue feet.

sharp green pencil said...

They are really nice, neat little birds.. and yes those feet are awesome... feisty things too!