waimakariri iii - linocut

waimakariri iii

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 20×20 cm Edition: 20 No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and…

a small gallery

a small gallery

“A Small Gallery” is inspired by the pleasure I get from leafing through a collection of prints I received as a result of participating in the 20:20 Print Exchange. A selection of my prints is presented in a box which can be treated like a book: leave it on a coffee table or bookshelf and…

because it's there - linocut

because it’s there

… one of many good reasons for climbing the hill to McCaig’s Tower in Oban.  Others include to look at the view and to visit my studio. Block print 96x88mm Varied edition: 30 prints Sold out “Because it’s there.” George Mallory, on being asked why he wanted to climb Everest

because it's there - linocut

because it's there

… one of many good reasons for climbing the hill to McCaig’s Tower in Oban.  Others include to look at the view and to visit my studio. Block print 96x88mm Varied edition: 30 prints Sold out “Because it’s there.” George Mallory, on being asked why he wanted to climb Everest

poltalloch i linocut

poltalloch i

Some Neolithic bling: the unusual jet necklace found in a cist at Poltalloch in Argyll.  Little is known about who wore it and why.  It is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Linocut 8x8cm Edition: 10 £20

poltalloch i linocut

poltalloch i

Some Neolithic bling: the unusual jet necklace found in a cist at Poltalloch in Argyll.  Little is known about who wore it and why.  It is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Linocut 8x8cm Edition: 10 £20

silver flax linocut

silver flax

The New Zealand plant phormium tenax, called harakeke by Maori and flax by Europeans, presumably because of the common use of harakeke fibre in the manufacture of items such as rope and clothing. Linocut 7x7cm Edition: 20 $40

silver fern linocut

silver fern

The silver fern is widely used as a symbol by New Zealand national sports teams.  In 1991, the NZ Rugby Football Union obtained trade marks for its own fern logo, and sought to include any stylised fern in its application.   This broader application was defeated in the courts.  So here’s my silver fern print…

when shall we three meet again?

enter three witches

Linocut 18x18cm Edition: 7 £60 Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun.…

weird sisters linocut

weird sisters

Shakespeare perhaps based the three witches in Macbeth on Raphael Holinshed’s History of Britain, The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587) .  In Holinshed’s account of King Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three women in “strange and wild apparell …the common opinion was that these women were either the Weird Sisters, that is… the…

Linocut tools

relief prints

Linocuts & woodcuts are RELIEF prints:  the image is created from a plate that holds ink on the surface. I usually create images in linoleum or wood by hand using special gouges.  Oil- or water-based inks are rolled onto the raised areas of the printing block – areas cut away do not print. Ink can…

blue oban - linocut

blue oban

A development of my linocut What the Victorians did for Oban, in the style of the Blue Willow crockery pattern: the pagoda is replaced by McCaig’s Tower, the boat is a Calmac ferry, the bridge is the Connel Bridge and  the birds are seagulls, of course. Lasercut lino Diameter c.28cm Edition: 20 Sold out “I…

Song of the setting sun - Inveraray linocut

song of the setting sun

Inveraray is a small town on the western shore of Loch Fyne. I see this view regularly, when travelling home to Oban via Glasgow.  And I know then I’m almost home. Linocut 40x15cm Edition:10 £70 “The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -pamela hansford johnson

Entering the west - Inveraray linocut

entering the west

Inveraray is a small town on the western shore of Loch Fyne.  I see this view regularly, when travelling home to Oban via Glasgow.  And then I know I’m almost home. Linocut 40x13cm Edition:20 £70 Lay down your sweet and weary head Night is falling You’ve come to journey’s end Sleep now and dream of…

mackerel vii - linocut

mackerel vii

Linocut 8x8cm Edition:20 £20 “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -mark twain

whale watching - linocut

whale watching

The sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of the toothed whales, and has a life expectancy of about 70 years.  A mature whale has few natural predators.  It is the deepest diving mammal, reaching depths of three kilometres as it searches for prey.  Females give birth to between 7-10 calves over their lifetime, each…

lost - linocut

lost

The sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of the toothed whales, and has a life expectancy of about 70 years.  A mature whale has few natural predators.  It is the deepest diving mammal, reaching depths of three kilometres as it searches for prey.  Females give birth to between 7-10 calves over their lifetime, each…

observatory iii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 8x25cm Edition: 10 £90

observatory ii

observatory ii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut 8x25cm Edition:10 £60

observatory i

observatory i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 8x33cm Edition: 10 £60

linear v

linear v

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  An important feature is the linear cemetery, five cairns – Glebe, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South & Ri Cruin – arranged in a three mile line. Linocut & gold leaf 8×36.5cm Edition: 15 £60

kilmartin i

kilmartin i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  An important feature is the linear cemetery, five cairns – Glebe, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South & Ri Cruin – arranged in a three mile line. Linocut & gold leaf 22×36.5cm Edition: 7 £90

icon iv - linocut

icon iv

Το Χρυσαφένιο Ελάφι – the golden stag A Scottish icon – the stag – given the Byzantine treatment. Linocut 14x14cm Edition: 12 £45

icon iii - linocut

icon iii

Το Χρυσαφένιο Ελάφι – the golden stag A Scottish icon – the stag – given the Byzantine treatment. Linocut 14x14cm Varied edition: 17 Gilded: £50 Plain: £45

icon ii

icon ii

Ο Χρυσαφένιος Ταύρος – the golden bull A Scottish icon – a Highland bull – given the Byzantine treatment. Linocut 14x14cm Varied edition: 15 Gilded: £50 Plain: £45

icon i

icon i

Το Χρυσόμαλλο Δέρας – the golden fleece A Scottish icon – the Blackface sheep – given the Byzantine treatment. Linocut 14x14cm Varied edition:17 Gilded: £50 Plain: £45

waimakariri ii - linocut

waimakariri ii

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 125x60mm Edition:12

plains ii - linocut

plains

The Canterbury Plains stretch from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, a woven patchwork of neat, rectangular fields and long, straight roads Linocut Image size: 75x125mm Varied edition