In the style of … I have chosen for this assignment my favourite American painter, Edward Hopper and his street scenes and landscapes.
The first one is Cafeteria and is a reduction lino print with two colours only pale and mid grey.
The second one is a street scene: Early Sunday Morning. I love the way the light hits the street in the painting – it’s not so easy to do this with a two colour lino print! However I think it does in some way evoke an early morning with some sunlight.
2. Early Sunday Morning: Reduction lino print
In this street scene lino print I used a different lino which I find much better and less grainy it’s grey and more impacted and less soft, however you need to have sharp tools. I need to get some new tools and learn how to sharpen them.
I like the tones in this one – the white I used is Caligo and much better than the one I got from Cornelissons which is very runny.
Cafeteria printing :
This is the first printing – a mid grey. I had to remove the pen lines which marked the image and had problems trying to assess where to cut the second layer – I’ll have to rethink how to transfer an image to lino that stays.
I have since used less pen marks on my lino and worked much more in detail with the tools from the actual master image – this works much better.
The lino is soft and white – it’s quite grainy but nice to cut. The paper is a rag paper cheap from Cass Art – I won’t be using it again as it expands with the inks and buckles. I need to find a better paper, with size that is lightweight and doesn’t expand. This is a reduction lino print and the next colour will be dark grey and finally black.
Paper: I discarded the rag paper from the first block as it was useless, it expanded badly and lost shape and used A3 paper from a cartridge sketchbook, a smooth sized paper, 120 gsm – perfect! and nice results and I managed to keep the registration intact too.