Lilydale Dawn is a hand printed reduction linocut in oil inks, on Fabriano Artistico paper.
This artwork was inspired by an early misty dawn during a holiday in Lilydale, northern Tasmania. It was mostly overcast, however the first dawn light was just breaking through a gap in the clouds creating striking shafts of light and long shadows.
This artwork was completed in 7 stages. The light effects that dominate the sky were applied to the lino using a small roller, and sharper light rays were produced by removing ink from the block with a soft rag. The rest of the technique was classic reduction printing, working from light to dark. I mix my colours from a restricted pallet to keep a strong connection between them, using transparent or diluted pigments where possible to allow the layers to influence, and interact with each other.