Shag and young ,
Monotype, 42 cm x 30 cm
Shags seem to lend themselves to the art of print. Something about the bold, unexpected shapes their bodies make combined with that distinctive black silhouette. This monotype was made after drawing shags with young on the Isle of May. I was interested in breaking down the image into planes of colour, the strong light on the adult bird’s back allowed me to use the white of the paper to give structure and the use of roller marks combined with wipe marks created a nice relationship between the graphic nature of the scene and a softer, more painterly approach.