A dark layer on the boats and trees, and the print is finished at last.
9 stage reduction linocut, 30 x 24cm.
This is the view from Waterloo Bridge, looking east along the Embankment to the City of London.
The green on the previous layer worked so well, I decided to do some more.
That’s the trees finished now. Next stage: complete the boats, and we’re done.
Some green, just on the trees.
And a layer of darker blue. We’re getting there.
All the light tones are in place, so it’s time to move towards the mid-tones. A layer of blue establishes the main shapes.
Sorry about the blurred photo!
Just some green on the trees.
A challenging stage.
I needed to add some details to the boats at some stage. Because they’re small and mid-toned, I would usually put them on a later layer — if they’d been any other colour than red. However, I find red the most difficult colour to work with because it’s so transparent. If I leave the red to a later layer, it won’t print well (all the earlier layers will show through, and it won’t look bright red). So it’s better to print when there are only light colours on the print.
But the other problem with red is that it’s difficult to print on top of: when it’s dry, its surface is more resistant to other ink on top.
Solution: I used an acetate stencil and printed the red just on the boats (and put some brown on some of the distant buildings). Now the red is exactly where I want it. I can cut away those areas from the block, and not have to worry about them again.
This layer has just slightly darker versions of the colours that are on the previous layer.
That’s the sky finished, at least. So far, so good. But it always looks good at this stage!
And we’re off again: a new print starts.
I’ve cut out the pure whites, and printed a pale blue to pale brown gradient. (It’s actually paler than it looks in this photo.) Even at this stage, the subject matter might be recognisable: can you tell what it is yet?
A few details in black on the tenth(!) layer completes the print.
Havana, Cuba. Reduction linocut, 30 x 24cm.