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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pig Print… “Number 1. Dottie the Gloucester Old Spot”

As you may know I am working, intermittently, on a series of pig images. This is “No1” a Woodcut, based again on the lovely Dottie from Old Weston Garden Farm.

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Dottie woodcut; Image A4

Gloucester Old Spots are gentle and good natured and were known as the Orchard or Cottagers pig. How this delightful and smiling pig must have brightened the day of the smallholder and to all accounts still does.

Lop eared with large black patches and a smiling upturned snout they are one of those charming “picturebook” pigs depicted as lazing in sunlit orchards and I do like the old wives tale that the spots developed from the bruises of falling apples.

They are good mothers.. here are a few of Dottie’s piglets. Ahhh uber cute!

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Photo from Old Weston Garden Farm Facebook page.

Lots and lots more info on the Gloucester Old Spot HERE  from Chris’ Salute the Pig blog

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Working Drawings

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First Proof

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Block

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First Prints

These are really first trials for the image. I am intending to make another smaller print in lino of Dottie for the book which I hope, in part, to hand print.
But I love the chunky properties of woodcut.They compliment the chunkiness of pigs I think. Something I would hope to retain in the lino version. Will be interesting to see the comparison.

2 comments:

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

I've never wood-cut . . but we used to do lino-cuts at school and print from them. Seeing this post, it suddenly makes me want to do it again.

sharp green pencil said...

Have you made that woodcut yet!! :)