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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Copyright © 2014 Fliss Watts

May Morning

After two sticky days of high humidity and torrential evening thunderstorms, the air feels fresher this morning and all that rain seems to have been immediately transformed into green lushness.

 

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The hedgerow shelves are stacked with whites: the miniature bouquets of cow parsley are a greener white than the sweet-scented suds of haw blossom. Looking up, even the belated ash is coming into leaf.

And though the sun has been up for hours, a lamb is fast asleep beside the gate.

 

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Copyright © 2014 Fliss Watts