Process of ‘Renewal’

I had been staring at this plant on my patio for weeks, thinking how I could use the image in a print. The old leaves had long died and shrivelled, with the vibrant new growth getting some early spring sunshine. My intention was to depict the cycle of nature, and death giving way to life etc. I realise that the dead fronds at the bottom do look more like roots now it’s finished, but I don’t really mind that! I think it kind of adds a different feeling to my initial idea.  (She says, in an effort to convince herself that this print has worked out…).

I finished this last weekend, or so I thought. But I still might print another dark layer on the lower half, just to get the saturation right. Then that will be it, I shall faff no more. And I will also take a much better photo of it too!

Here’s a look at the process;

Author: Nancy Power

'Printmaker Nancy Power's work reflects the life around her. Be it a changing rural landscape, the decaying plants in her garden, or her collection of hand crafted ceramics, she finds inspiration from many sources. Deliberately eclectic in subject matter, her work is harmonised by her colour palette and distinctive inking process. Nancy uses the reduction method of lino printmaking; carving away at just one block for each consecutive colour to reveal the final image. By inking from dark to light, as opposed to the more traditional light to dark, Nancy's work has engaging depth and colour layering.'

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