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The Feathered Ones

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A monochrome print from my summer 2016 show: Flights of Fancy. Hand printed from a linocut. A limited edition of 25.
I had this composition ready to go but I wanted a title that fitted, so I got talking to Nicola in KM Evan's art shop in Dublin. He's Italian and we share an enthusiasm for Vespas. Anyroad, I asked him to translate 'The Feathered Ones' and he told me it doesn't really translate. I Piumati is the closest he could get in meaning and intent.
You can see my printing press below (it's the spoon) and the lino from which I carved the image.
All I can say is, grazie mille, Nicola.
Image approx A5 on a 12" x 14" fine grain watercolour sheet. 
You can order this original handmade print on Etsy here -and what's more, shipping is FREE!




Sir William Marshall at Microcosm: Kilkenny Arts Festival

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This is my contribution to the Illustrators Guild of Ireland show at the Island Mill in Thomastown, co. Kilkenny. The show, entitled Microcosm, runs from Aug 5 to 14. You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/grennanmillcraft/?fref=ts

This shows the bould Sir William in the famous hurling match between Kilkenny and Tipperary in 1214. Kilkenny pipped it as they had heavier cavalry and crossbows.

Acrylics on Arches watercolour paper. A5.

IGI Show at Kilkenny Arts Festival

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The Illustrators Guild of Ireland (IGI) is taking part in an exhibition at the Island Mill in Thomastown starting on August 5. I'll be part of it with my painting 'Sir William Marshall', below.
Keep an eye on the Grennan Mill Craft School FB page:https://www.facebook.com/grennanmillcraft/?fref=ts



Making a 5 Colour Linocut Print. Halcyon

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Click on the above picture as it's actually a slideshow. ^

I'm currently engaged in making another linocut limited edition print (of 25). I wanted to make the description of the kingfisher a little simpler as I have only 5 flat colours to work with. Also, I had to make a jig to make registering the plates more accurate and not have the colours printing in the wrong place.

I chose to print on a fine grain watercolour paper instead of a smooth one as I want to see texture rather than a purely flat colour. This introduces yet another variable to the process which makes each print unique.

3 of these are already sold.

The image is roughly A5 on an A3 sheet of Fabriano fine grain 140lb watercolour paper.  Signed and embossed with my studio stamp.

"Halcyon". Unframed €95. Order this handmade, original print here on Etsy.