The Dogs Of Warwick Gardens project was inspired by all the dogs in my local park. I have spent many happy hours watching them play and go about their doggy business. I have created a series of woodblock prints to try and represent some of the characters I've encountered.
Hachi was the first print that I made. She is a Shiba Inu and my dog. Hachimitsu means Honey in Japanese and sure she can be sweet but she’s also a lone wolf.
Ringo is a Miniature Poodle. This debonaire ball of fluff has an eye for the ladies. His reputation as the ‘Latin Lover’ always precedes him.
Ruby is a Wirehaired Vizsla. She has a splendid moustache like a Major General but forget that regimental nonsense. She just wants to play!
I tried to observe the dogs very closely while also trying to reduce the information in the image. It was during cutting Ruby that I learned that there is such a thing as too much detail, especially for my current level of technical ability. The wood has a will and it takes very special wood and great skill to make fine lines and print them successfully. The design and the medium need to work together and after Ruby was complete I aimed to pare down the images more rigorously.
Gordon is a Tibetan Spaniel. He may be small but he demands attention and will not go unnoticed. I mean. Just look at that hair.
Woodblock printing is an ancient art first developed in East Asia some 2,000 years ago. The design for each colour is carved into a different block of wood, which is then used to transfer watercolour paint onto paper. The process is quite labour intensive as every stage is done by hand. I'm drawn to the method because it is low tech and very traditional. I love working with the wood and the quality the process brings to an image. And I have patience to spare.
All the prints are available to buy from Studio 73 in Brixton Village. They are all watercolour, woodblock printed on paper, ranging in size from A4 to 50x50 cm and at various prices.
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