Loch Tay and Ben More at dusk

A reduction woodcut printed with seven layers of ink on Zerkall 145 gsm printing paper with Caligo Safe Wash Inks.

The view looking westwards towards Loch Tay at dusk is magical; the setting sun glistens on the Loch and emphasizes the distinctive silhouette of Ben More and Stob Binnein. This is one of the fabulous views from a lovely little Airbnb ‘The Lodge at Greenacres’ just east of Killin in Perthshire, Scotland, at the foot of another Munro, Ben Lawers.

Using Shina plywood allowed me to integrate the natural marks of the wood grain into the design adding richness and depth to the print with seven layers of coloured ink. This is the first reduction woodcut that I have done with so many layers. The foreground was particularly challenging as I wanted to introduce more detail and flecks of colour whilst retaining an emphasis on the more distant view of the mountains. The difficulty with the reduction print is that there is no going back so you soon lose prints to experimenting with colours and misprints – hence the small edition! But I did learn a lot in the process – test your colour combinations before printing and start off with more prints!

Edition size: 6

Image size: 150 x 225 mm

Paper size: 220 x 325 mm