Saturday, 29 August 2015

Morning has broken

Morning has broken
reduction linocut by Teresa Newham 


In May of last year I snapped this cheeky chappie perching brazenly on the head of a statue in my garden. I thought he would make some kind of linocut, although I didn't get to start the project until earlier this year:


the inspiration
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As often happens, I had the title already in my head - Morning has broken - a hymn I used to sing at primary school, later recorded by Cat Stevens.  His version ran constantly through my head while I worked out how to go about things!


working out the design
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It took a couple of months to get the design how I wanted it;  then a few more weeks while I decided how many colours to use, and which ones.  Eventually I was ready to go:


getting to grips with the cut
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The first cut printed up beautifully - then, of course, I had to cut the same plate again, which meant no going back - always a tricky moment!


printing the first colour
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As I cut further into the plate, the image slowly started to take shape as the colours built up on top of one another.


drying off the second colour
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Reduction linocut is a technique popularised (and possibly even invented) by Picasso, and it's exciting to do, because you never know how it's going to turn out . . .


printing the green
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. . . so I was pleased to see that by the time I'd printed the black, the original character of the blackbird was still evident!


beakless - but still jaunty!
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Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise to the singing, praise to the morning
Praise to them springing fresh from the Word
     - Eleanor Farjeon



2 comments:

  1. I love this. I particularly like the way his head inclines in that quizzical way.

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  2. That's exactly what attracted me to him in the first place! I think he was listening to something - me, possibly!!

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