Ten months ago I stood in the sleet and mist on the rocky path that leads up the side of a steep drop that had been carved by falling water powered by the melting Ice Age glaciers.
I have adapted this sketch, experimenting with carving a relief into a soft cut rubber block. The aim was really to understand how the tools worked this material. It was like butter against the broad bladed gouge yet buckled and resisted the greater pressure applied from the narrow V shaped cutter. It took a while to learn how to cut fine lines. This was the first cut.
Those small white vertical lines seemed to say nothing about the rock structure beneath, so I made four prints with various depths of blue and then recut the block.
Actually, I quite like this simple image without the blue underprint. To me, it has a pleasing abstract nature.
Printing was done on the floor with an eighteen stone weight applied to the paper and block: i.e. placing a dictionary on the paper, with me standing on the book, lifting my daughter and with my son balancing on my feet and holding onto hers.