The Oxford Fine Press book fair went well with good sales and appreciative audience. I showed my new unlimited print of The Queen on horseback in front of Windsor Castle . This is presented as a card with one of my poems on the reverse.
Now I’m doing print of the Tower of London with poppies in the moat. Did the drawing back in January and its taken me 10 months to get round to cutting the lino. Here’s the first block.
I’ve designed and printed an Oak tree which has two versions, one with spring leaves and a second with autumn foliage. The text is about oaks in general, or some with the song “Hearts of Oak”.
Sycamores continue the theme of magnificent English Trees.
I am at present printing the English version of The Ash Grove. This compliments the Welsh card which I did earlier. This time a second colour – yellow – has been added to the leaves.
I have just sent off my contribution to the British Printing Society. This is a pattern of ink blots, known as the Roaschach ink blot test.
This year I went to stay in Venice for 4 weeks and printed at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. This was my third opportunity to use their wonderful collection of presses. I used a lithography press to print an Abecedarium with 26 views of Venice. It will be very different from the first book printed there in 2014. My task now is to print the text about each view on their reverses.
Ideas keep flowing about Venetian pavements. Come back for a series of pictures showing how this is progressing.