Updated: Nov 22, 2020
At times like these I need to hang onto memories of walking in our beautiful countryside on long summer days.
Between lockdown one and two, many of my trips have been over to the Yorkshire Dales to find inspiration. OK, I enjoyed myself too, with lots of walking and cycling. The perk of the job!
As well as throwing my boots and bike in the car for day trips from York I also spend a fabulous week in the Yorkshire Dales with my mum and dad. My treat to them, a little cottage near Settle. Read more about that and see lots of photos in these blogs.
I even went on a brilliant 2-day navigation course with Where2Walk. No excuse for getting lost anymore!
I’ve always loved the Yorkshire Dales for it’s ruggedness and wide open spaces. Being more immersed in the landscape I’ve enjoyed learning more about it’s geology too. This year it captured my heart more than ever.
With the inspiration fresh in my mind I’ve created a series of three new Yorkshire Dales linocut prints, Ingleborough, Kettlewell and Littondale. I have quite a few others I’d like to do!
Some are multi-block prints. This is where I’ve carved a serepate lino black for each colour to be printed. You'll notice I’ve gone for a slightly looser and more sketchy style for these. It felt like the right thing to reflect the ruggedness of the landscape.
The others are part of my mini series. These are one colour prints. They’re quicker and fun to make. Less planning goes into them than the multi-block prints. They really hurt my head sometimes and don’t always go to plan. Also if I make a mistake carving them or don’t like the finished result it’s not quite the distar as working on a new design for over 3 days.
'Littondale', Yorkshire Dales linocut print
The inspiration for this print came from walking from Arncliffe to Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The view is looking towards Arncliffe in Littondale. In the print the Cowside Beck flows between West Moor and Yew Cogar Scar. The road climbs steeply up towards Malham Tarn and has spectacular views of the Yorkshire limestone crags of Yew Cogar Scar. This is one of my favourite cycling roads in the Yorkshire Dales.