Sunday, March 01, 2009

Geese Linocut Print


Geese - 10 x 10cm linocut print on white Grafia paper

I found a little pencil sketch of geese in one of my old notebooks and decided to develop it to test the two beautiful Swiss-made cutting tools HWEM bought me for our wedding anniversary. They are blissful.

This is printed with Red Ochre Charbonnel Etching Ink which I've discovered I like even better than the Sanguine for lino prints. I've also printed the geese on a lovely cream paper but as there is no sunshine today, it was hopeless trying to take a photograph of it.

Doesn't seem much to show for all the time I've been spending in the studio, but some prints are still drying, a couple of monotypes were less than wonderful and I'm still working on a drypoint etching. I'm still having a ball.


18 comments:

Anita said...

Robyn - this is so cool - I love the way the geese cross the border of the print.
We had geese when I was a teenager - they were called Roger and Wendy after friends of my cousin's (their surname was Goose). Vicious creatures!

Robyn said...

Anita - thank you. I had a great deal of pleasure cutting this one. Love the idea of Roger and Wendy Goose.

I'm very fond of geese but certainly nervous of their reputation.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

These are really great Robyn - you've definitely found your medium - you're a printmaker at heart!

Now if HWEM could share what make is a dream I'd be very grateful. I've still not bought mine - partly because I still haven't quite worked out where to work.

Happy Anniversary to the two of you!

PS What are your geese going to be called? I loved Anita's tale about the names of her geese.

Robyn said...

Katherine - I think mine are Gus and Lucy, I'm just thankful not to have the surname Goose.

As for my tools, I think they are Pfeil Swiss Made tools, I will send you a link via email. They are simply stamped Swiss Made on the handle.

janabouc said...

I really like the strong graphical quality to this image, the negative spaces are so interesting and the geese have such personality. I know what you mean about not having much to show and less than wonderful monoprints. I was experimenting with monoprinting with acrylics today and ended up with nothing worth saving...except for lessons learned.

Robyn said...

Jana - Thank you. I was pleased with the negative shapes.

I've never tried printing monoprints with acrylics. Are you using damp printing paper?

Jeanette said...

Another fabulous print Robyn. And of course geese are very familiar to me. And you're right to be nervous of them, they are like rabid pitbulls! However TOO seems to have a fondness for them for some unearthly reason.

This print depicts them well. I like the border surround and how one is slightly outside too.

I agree, you've found your calling as a printmaker indeed.

vivien said...

All the things everyone has said about borders and overlapping and how well this works with its lovely graphic quality - yes!

You should put these in your
Etsy shop - they'd sell well I'm sure.

moreidlethoughts said...

Ooh! geese! The other day I came across a photo of my geese(years ago) and thought it might make a good subject.
Re: monoprints from acrylic. If you're pulling by hand, use lightweight, dry paper. If with a press you can use heavier paper VERY SLIGHTLY dampened.It's a matter of trial and error.Here, on rainy days, the atmosphere is often sufficient!In all cases, try to work quickly.

PS MY original geese were named after friends. Then I had Bruce. And when his companion was killed and he was lonely (and even more Bolshie!) I got a white one, called Honky, because I've always wanted to say "white honky."

Sharon said...

These are so bold and graphic. Wonderful!

Laureline said...

Great fun, your couple of geese! Nice, too, as a salute to your wedding anniversary ;D.

mARTa said...

These are super! What progress you are making iwth the jprinting. I love your geese but not geese in general.....mean buggers they are! Just recently Aidan and I narrowly escaped a nip from one who was after his bag of bread for the ducks!

cathsheard said...

Oh boy, these guys are great. And love the colour, so warm and rich looking.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So glad you are still enjoying your printing projects. These simple graphic designs work so well in this media.

Amie Roman said...

I love the feathers on the back the best - nice tool marks there Robyn!

caseytoussaint said...

I agree with Katherine - you have definitely found your medium. You have a great eye for design, and this medium seems to really bring that side of you out.

Joan said...

Your linocuts are just wonderful!!! I love the lines in the geese and it's so great that you used one of your sketches for the idea!!

Robyn said...

Many thanks for all your great comments they really do give me the confidence to press on (pardon the pun :) .

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