I've taken photographs of lighthouses when on holiday for years now. I'm always drawn to a lighthouse, for many reasons. I used to have a romantic idea that a lighthouse keeper would be my dream job, it's an ivory tower with a purpose, and the view from the top is usually glorious.
I started making art based on my digital library of photographs the year before last, when I began selling ACEOs on Ebay. Old Flamborough Lighthouse was one of my subjects and I sold a couple of these pocket sized artworks on-line.
This started a bit of a series for me, and one I have revised since starting to explore creating linocuts.
My new reduction linocut based on photographs I took back in 2003 of Old Flamborough Lighthouse has taken me roughly 3 days to complete. That isn't 3 days continuous work, but on/off over the 3 days.
I am already thinking about my next linocut. I would like to produce something that resembles a pen drawing with washes of colour behind the line. So a black (or almost black) line around the colour areas will be a key part of my new design. Hopefully I'll start this tomorrow.