Solent Green II

A multi-plate woodcut hand printed with Caligo Safe Wash Inks on 145 gsm Zerkall print paper with deckle edges.

Edition: 15

Image size: 300 x 225 mm

Paper size: 400 x 310 mm approx.

Price: £100 mounted (to fit 400 x 500 mm frame)

I initially created ‘Solent Green‘ as a unique ‘bleed’ print using a textured paper and water based inks in response to the Open Call by ‘a space’ arts to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, hosting a silent auction of artworks by female identifying artists, with a two week exhibition ‘Inspirational Women Artists’ at their flagship venue, God’s House Tower (GHT). The print was sold on 8 March 2022, along with many other works of art, raising £1500 overall for local charity Yellow Door which helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and it was really good to support this worthy cause.

The print received many positive comments so I decided to print a limited edition ‘Solent Green II’ but this time printing the full plate using a different paper and oil based inks. It is interesting to compare the prints using different papers and inks. These colours are brighter, more translucent and less ‘chalky’ than the first version.

My print uses three shina plywood plates printed with blue /green inks to create a complexity of rhythmic patterns that give the effect of light reflected off waves. Use of blended ink colours on the second and third plate bring a sense of perspective to create depth. The colours chosen reflect the colour of the Solent, the sea between the mainland UK and the Isle of Wight, where I have spent many days sailing, and, on a sunny day, the sunlight makes the sea a beautiful green, almost emerald colour; hence the name ‘Solent Green’.

Six years ago, early in my printmaking journey, I came across the work of Ayomi Yoshida (b. 1958), a printmaker and installation artist, in a book by Avril Vollmer on making woodblock prints. Researching her work online I became captivated by her distinctive use of the gouge for mark making, her rhythmic repeating patterns, and, in particular, her abstract seascapes, which have a strong synergy with my own fascination with the sea, wave patterns and reflected light. Ayomi comes from a long lineage of Japanese artist printmakers, the Yoshida family, stretching back over 150 years, and unusually, is the third generation of female artists. She studied architecture in Tokyo, and while writing her graduation thesis in California she began exploring silkscreen printing but turned to woodblock printmaking when she could not find materials needed.

See my post for more photos and information about this print. Please note the actual colour of the print is slightly more brighter and greener, than the image above (due to the colour correction applied by the digital scanning process).

The photo of a framed print above shows a more accurate colour rendering.