Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Penshaw in the Moleskine

Penshaw Monument, June 08, acrylic lino print Back in June 2008 I made this piece for the Moleskine Exchange I'm involved in. The subject of this book is Freedom, and I loved the sense of scale I was able to achieve. As I've explained before, Penshaw Monument is huge and I'm only quite small, and have been visiting it since I was even smaller. So when I'm drawing it, I want to get across the sense of scale, that it's too big for me to take in, that it's too big to fit on the page, or in a camera's viewfinder.
This image was made by lino-print on paper I'd pre-painted with acrylic paints. I made three prints of the monument, and I printed the sky directly into the Moleskine book. The printed images were then cut up and re-assembled, making the monument quite textural on the page.
Now I intend to make more of these images, using similar construction techniques, exploring different backgrounds and colour-ways, as this was done in summer, and we are now well into autumn here. So much so that the constant drizzle we're getting has prevented me photographing Penshaw. Digital camera + driving rain = insurance claim.


Melanie Rimmer said...

Yes you've definitely achieved a sense of scale. The monument itself seems huge and very solid and the sky seems very far away and very airy. I'd say this is a very effective piece even on my small computer screen. I'd love to see it in the flesh.

Yellow said...

Well, hopefully the Moleys may make a round trip at the end when they're all done. If they do I promise to show them to you.
Hope the sky isn't too Mediterranean for you.

Bill of Ballaugh said...

Waur's the worm?

Yellow said...

I ground it up with some raw sienne and squished it under my Doc Martins to create the foreground colour.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Call me Mr Picky, and I don't want to go the same way as the worm, but this was actually done in Vivien's 'Local Landscape' moley :o)
I know because I'm admiring it right now and wonderin' what to do next!

Yellow said...

David, you're right. I'd lost track as it was back in June. Thanks for the admiration. So what are you going to add to it?

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