Oh, by the way, that lino print is finished…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Collared Carpetshark, the Eeltail Catfish, the Flathead, the Ghost Flathead, the Golden Loach, and the Armoured Gunnard. Which one of these would you choose to go into town and have a New Year’s Eve drink with?

So, this must be part three of my latest lino print saga. Part One showed the half done and fairly tentative drawing, put on pause while I did a bit of musing and creative tea drinking. Part Two was involved with the fiddly business of getting the image, sneakily reversed, onto the lino with the aid of old-style carbon paper.
Yes, the print is done! I usually do an edition of ten, plus a spare one, an ‘artist’s proof’ to keep for myself – ha! Which is a bit silly because I usually keep them all – one day they’ll be found and fought over by collectors years and years after I’ve gone! Well, that’s the general reason behind doing these bloody things.
Come on dear reader, let’s have a look at it!

Lino print in oil-based ink on thin Japanese Kizuki paper, about A4 in size.

See! I told you there’d be a couple of little houses in it! One of them could have been a windmill, but it would have been too fiddly – windmills are by their nature too fiddly.
See, the idea is that this could be the wind, represented by the curved stripes, blowing across from right to left – lifting those heavy-looking chunks of wood into the air, but the little houses are alright – they are nestling in the eye of the gust. As you may have guessed dear reader, I’m making all this tosh up as I go along. Wind, little houses, wooden chunks, gusts – pfft!…
Do you like the three-D-ness of it though? And the ‘sky’ is alright, isn’t it? I do like a few stars and planets filling my black areas, they seem to make the prints reminiscent of Christmas cards, which is probably a good thing, also, they are very easy to do, if you happen to have a small electric drill and a few skinny bits for it. For the planets, the bigger spots, I like to use a little hand-held countersinking tool, a thing generally used in woodwork.
If I were pushed hard to give this one a title, I’d probably call it something pithy and arty-sounding like, The Gusty Night… Ha!…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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14 Responses to Oh, by the way, that lino print is finished…

  1. julie harms says:

    Well done ! šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘

  2. I like it. I also found your explanation of how you do stars and planets helpful. I had been wondering.

  3. Wonderful artwork, I love it!

  4. ktz2 says:

    Very nice, so bold & dramatic

  5. Dana Doran says:

    Definitely the Collared Carpetshark- sounds like he’s dressed appropriately for the holiday. Pretty provocative linocut….are those floating things dangerous?

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