Simplicity of form

I love painting, but I do like to get back to drawing every now and then.  Painting for me tends to be more energetic, whereas yesterday, feeling under the weather, I felt fit only for sofa art.

I’ve also been exploring lino printing.  I bought some supplies for my son and I to do over the Easter holidays, thinking it might be something he’d like (he did, but not as much as me).

I really love the effects of lino printing, and I like being practical, so the idea appealed to me.  I’m also drawn (see what I did there) to having a sort of secondary art discipline.  Something different, yet related

Being a painter with an expressive approach, I really want to spend a bit of time and thought exploring how I might use lino printing.  I can’t readily see how my painting style will lend itself to lino printing.  And, more importantly –

What is it I want to say with lino printing I can’t say with paint?

So I’m just taking my time, trying to tap into the part of myself that has a desire to lino print, and see if I can hear what it has to say.

Perhaps something like this?

Contour drawing by artist Vicki Hutchins
Contour drawing of freesias


Or this:

Contour drawing by Somerset artist Vicki Hutchins
Contour drawing of garden flowers in my favourite jug

I didn’t set out with lino print in mind when I drew these – I just wanted a change of pace from painting, but I think they might work.  I actually even love them just as straight line drawings.

I don’t often do this type of drawing, I tend to get value involved too, but it was really quite meditative focusing purely on form, a bit like doing a dot to dot!  Remember those?


11 thoughts on “Simplicity of form

  1. REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 24, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I love line work, and these look fantastic, especially as you say you feel under the weather…I hope you feel better soon. Love Lino, I remember really enjoying it at school, I have recently done some stamp carving, it’s softer than Lino, and easier to get an image printed ,so, so much fun…speedball make a good starter set. My profile pic, was the stamp carving of myself, lol.

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 24, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you Rebecca – actually I feel in fine form today, so who knows what yesterday was about! Now – what is stamp carving? I confess, I don’t use actual lino, I use something called soft cut lino, which is easier to cut. I think I have the speedball set! Now to just work out how to add colours. Could be complicated. Will take a look at your profile pic, you are literally a master of mediums!

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      • REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 24, 2016 / 9:13 pm

        The stamp carving is more like a large eraser style block, because of that you can ink it up a use like a rubber stamp, I usually place some funky foam under the paper, this helps the whole image transfer to the paper. Of course you could try using a geli plate to transfer your Lino cut, they are a great tool, check out on YouTube, I think that would work great to gain the perfect image ( you can make your own geli plate, probably also on YouTube, but I bought one a few years ago….if you lived down the road I would lend it to you😉)

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      • vickihutchinsartist May 25, 2016 / 8:56 am

        Ahhh, I think I know what you mean. I’ve heard of gelli plate too but never investigated! I wish I lived down the road too, with all your knowledge! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain, I appreciate it!

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 24, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Well, so far just some random practice shapes….I’m not sure it’s something I’ll manage in one sitting, imagine you’d get arm ache with all the carving!


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