Pastoral (or carrion)

This is the first linocut I’ve done for ages; it’s also the biggest one I’ve done – 15″ x 5″. The image came to mind last week, from wherever images come from, and lino seemed like the best medium to use.

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in progress

Printed by burnishing with the back of a spoon – I never manage even pressure, hence the patchy edge.

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linoprint – artist’s proof
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September pastoral

Warm September morning

The geese are back, noisy and disorganised

on their daily commute.

A haze lifts from fields glistening with a heavy dew,

and eastward, above a band of bright cloud,

the felltops float.

The hedge is red with haws

and, bright against a pyramid of tight black silage bales,

a robin pauses in its insect hunt,

poses, ready for its close-up.

Swallows and martins still climb the air,

swerve and stutter,

pin-sharp against the clear sky,

training for the marathon to come,

but the swifts are already gone.

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