above - 2 colours printed
below - 3rd cut, ready to print
At the moment, I'm finding it hard to keep up with the deluge of ideas I'm having for new prints, and long may they keep flowing!
This landscape, in complete contrast to most of my other work, is derived completely from my imagination. Two, or perhaps three other landscape prints use, or are losely based on places which exist (Hel meddyliau, Harbwr Trefor, Gaddo Eira and Syrthiais dan dy hud but this one has no specific source.
Without being confined, consciously or subconsciously, by trying to represent a place people might recognise, I feel I'm allowing myself to work in a more narrative sense and I'm aware that I'm letting myself go with what feels and looks right - the evolving image and what remains of the original sketch on the lino is largely dictating what happens next.
This seems to enable me to be less self-conscious, make more experimental marks, take more risks, work more with pattern .... worry less?
It's not a way I would want to work all the time because I enjoy the challenges of my more representative work too but this looser, more illustrative style definately has its pluses and pleasures.