Black & White Woodcuts

( Apologies for photo quality, which will be much improved when I can hunt down my tripod )

 'Black Grouse'

Black & White Woodcut.

Image size 60cm x 45cm

Ltd Edition 24

 'Red Deer'

Black & White Woodcut.

Image size 60cm x 45cm

Ltd Edition 24

'Exodus'

Black & White Woodcut.

Image size 60cm X45cm

Jan.2016

Ltd.Edition24

'Lapwings'

Black & White Woodcut.

Image size: 45cm x 45cm

Inspired by seeing flocks of these beautiful birds on our winter walks around the Taw Estuary.

Nov.2016        

Ltd. Edition 24

'Two Pike', or 'Cruisin' For A Bruisin''

Black & White Woodcut.      

Image size: 60cm x 28cm

The tranquility of the unruffled, willow-lined waters was what grabbed me first, but these two denizens had other ideas...

Nov. 2014        Ltd. Edition 24

 £162 unframed    

  

'Mackerel'

Black & White Woodcut.

Also Red & White Woodcut.

Image size: 38cm x 14.5cm

Oct 2013   Ltd Edition 36

£77 unframed 

                                                                                                                                               


After 20 years, and a rather scarey encounter with Ilfracombe buoy when I hooked that instead, I've given up trying to catch these summer beauties from my kayak. I hope I've been more successful here. I'm not at all sure if they'll take the bait!

The Lobster'

B & W Woodcut 

Image size: 60cm x 45cm

It took about 6 months from first saying 'I'd like to do a lobster' to actually cutting this block. A big step was visiting the the Fish Man in Ilfracombe Harbour, and asking him to show us his live lobsters. This he did kindly and knowledgeably, and not without injury to his person when he slipped the bands off of their pincers.Susi won't let me eat 

                                                                                        lobster because she says they can live

                                                                                        forever; this is the closest I'm going                                                                                           to get

                                                                                        Oct 2014  Ltd Edition 24

                                                                                        £200 unframed            

 'Ravens'

B & W Woodcut.    

Image size: 45cm x 60cm

This was my first big woodcut, and remains one of my favourites. It's also the print which christened our wonderful press - thank you, Klaus. Living in a valley 'twixt woods and cliffs, we often see a pair of Ravens pass overhead. Quite a presence, with their aerobatics and loud , gruff voice.

Oct 2013    Ltd Edition 36    

£230 unframed

 'The Hermit'

B & W Woodcut.    Image size 30cm x 22.5cm

When I were a lad, finding a Hermit Crab was my ultimate Rockpool Expedition prize. Haven't seen one in a long while - Global Warming or Aged Eyes?

Nov 2014    Ltd. Edition 24    

£100 unframed

 'Cuckoo Cochin Chinas'    

B & W Woodcut.    Image size 45cm x 60cm

Surely the biggest, fluffiest chickens in all the world! I fell in love with their plumage pattern of simple barring (cuckoo), and their sheer volume of feathers tipped me slightly further towards insanity...

Oct 2014    Ltd. Edition 24    £200 unframed 

 'Cuttlefish'

B&W Woodcut.    

Image size: 30cm x 22.5cm

After a lifetime of picking up cuttlefish 'bones' from the tide-line for my little birds, I decided I really wanted to find out more about the living creatures themselves. Regarding their spots, it is exceedingly difficult to cut small round holes in wood, but surprising what you can do with the blunt end of a pair of pincers.

Sept 2014    Ltd. Edition 24    

£100 unframed

 'The Curlews'

B & W Woodcut.    

Image size: 60cm x 45cm

We hear the Curlews flying overhead in winter, and see them particularly on & around the Taw Estuary.

2014    Ltd. Edition 36    

£190 unframed

 'Gannet'

B & W Woodcut    

Image size: 45cm x 60cm

My first 'exciting sighting' with my shiny new binoculars, way out to sea, heading up the Bristol Channel. A beautiful bird who deserves his supper!

Sept 2014    Ltd. Edition 24    

£170 unframed

 'Spotted Redshanks'

B & W Woodcut    

Image size: 30cm x 22.5cm

These Redshanks really are 'spotty'! i do come over 'All Abstrakky' now and again. one of my personal favourites,

Sept 2014    Ltd Edition 24    

£100 unframed

 'Great Northern Divers'

B & W Woodcut    

Image size: 60cm x 45cm

I've only seen a Great Northern Diver a handful of times, and am completely overawed by their sleek beauty.

Nov 2012    Ltd Edition 24  

£200 unframed

"Some quality of magic will almost inevitably be sensed in any modern painting rooted in close observation of appearances....A metaphysical intention is not essential: the translation of the real on to the unreality of the canvas is itself a sufficient transformation"

Norbert Lynton 'The Story of Modern Art' 

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