Its always fun to start a new collage!
It all started with a three-colour linocut I made of a pair of Swallows. I was unhappy with the print as I felt the birds needed a bigger space to fly free – so I cut them out….and decided to make a collage.
This way of working is a very different process to my usual painting practice. The fun begins by putting washes of ink, paint and pastel onto various types of paper – then splattering, sponging, stencilling and scribbling more layers on top. I really enjoy this free way of working, and the chance to work with the often unpredictable nature of the wet inks and paint….
This paper is then torn or cut into shapes (carefully controlled and otherwise!) and layered on to the background.
More shapes are printed from small lino blocks and coloured with gouache.
I even add highlights in gold leaf – I love colour and try and cram as much as possible into these images…
And there we have it…….titled ‘Swallows in Summer’. This commission is a unique version of the same titled piece I made a few years back.