Bay H, Purbeck Artisan Yard, Month 1, Part 4

Finally in our fourth post we reach the framed pictures on the bottom ledge. The first three prints are from the Swanage Collection described in part 2i (i was a typo!). Framed prints in 16″ x 12″ size are £35. The fourth print is Hungry Hare described in part 3, also £35 for a framed print.

The next three pieces are all originals and one-offs not available in print form.

Firstly, Corfe Castle linocut print.

This is the first linocut that I have made. At my art group (Art Workshop, Swanage) we were doing a unit on printing. In our first session on linocut Jude our tutor had a sheet of Lino 5at she could not use. Instead of starting with a small square of softcut I opted for the A4 sheet – I like a challenge! I hand drew the scene based on recent pieces I had been planning of Corfe Castle. I then hand cut the Lino. This represents the 7th print as roller prints did not pick up all the detail. This was hand painted by brush and then rollers onto pre-soaked printing paper. This is the only print that is being sold as a record of this printmaking. It is framed and on sale for £100.

The second original piece was drawn on location (“en plein air” outside). The work is in fineliner pen and ink and includes a small use of colour pencil. It is A3 in size framed in a 20″ x 16″. It depicts a drystone wall on the Houns Tout Ridge on the edge of Kingston, Dorset.

The reason this wall stood out is that it is internally collapsing and is a “Wall in decline”. The obelisk in the background stands on the edge of the Encombe estate in the “Golden bowl”. The piece is for sale for £200. This reflects on the time, detail and size of this piece.

The third and final piece is a record of the extension of the drystone wall along the upper section of West Street, Kingston in the woods. It shows the boundary between the old wall to the right and newer wall to the left. This wall now encloses the walkers car park for the Houns Tout path. After almost a year the two sections of wall are almost indistinguishable. One print was taken from this for Lawrence the Waller who gave me an introduction to the techniques of drystone walling one morning as he worked, the first time he had been given a record of his work. It is for sale for £75.

Well, that is the back wall explained. Tomorrow I will explain what you will find on a visit on the table and easel at the end of bay H.

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