FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH: HAZEL MCNAB
“What makes a good composition for a linocut?“
I’m an Artist/Printmaker and I mainly work in reduction linocuts, I use the same piece of lino and cut away each colour after I’ve printed that layer. When you’ve finished there’s hardly anything left on the lino which makes it a limited edition.
For me a good composition sort of tells a story and leads you into the picture. There’s got to be something worthy of a longer look to see what’s going on.
I work from my own photographs and will scramble down rocks to find the right image.
There needs to be a focal point and contrasts of light and dark. I love texture and pattern (my background is textile design) I want to make you aware of details you might not have noticed.
Can you tell us more about your work “Betruthan Steps” ?
Bedruthan Steps is my latest print I have just finished. I’d been looking forward to going and discovering the place for myself for a while and when I did I immediately fell in love. The presence of the great rocks on the beach is awe inspiring, I was disappointed the steps have eroded and I couldn’t get down, but it keeps the beach beautifully footprint free.
My challenge for this print was to achieve the space between the rocks on the beach. I wanted the viewers eye to be drawn all the way to the far distant headland out at sea.
“Tell us more about your linocut ‘Last Summer”?
“Last Summer” catches a view from the walk up from Portheras beach. It was a beautiful evening and I’d had a family picnic down there, as we walked back the golden hour was in full glory and the heads of the little pink flowers were catching the sun so beautifully I wanted to see if I could capture that on paper.
If you’re interested to see how my prints are made, I usually write a News/Blog post telling their story. You can see it on my website under the NEWS header, and subscribe to be sent each new story as it goes up.