Curlews in the Estuary

No. 1 Curlews in the Estuary

 Curlews in the Estuary


Curlews in the Estuary – hand printed woodcuts

I love to see curlews in the estuary. It is such a joy but also a privilege as they are in decline in very many places. These wonderful birds are now threatened with extinction in the near future so I am happy whenever I see them.

I cut several wood blocks for this series of Curlews in the Estuary so I can swop them around to achieve different results.  I only mix small batches of ink at a time and apply this to the woodblocks using either a roller or paint brush. The image is built up in multiple layers until I achieve the results I want.


About this series of woodcuts

The image size is 25 x 25 cm.  They are printed on Arches Aquarelle acid-free paper using Caligo Safe Wash inks.

Click on images to enlarge.


Curlews in the Estuary portfolio

Gallery 1 – the colours of the salt marsh are generally quite muted, after all this is no tropical paradise, especially in winter! I used more thalo blue than black to give a bluish hue.


Gallery 2 is still muted but with more raw umber for an earthy pigment.


Gallery 3 – sometimes I fly curlews across the margins so it adds to the sense of movement and reflects what I see on the marsh.

So I wanted to recreate this impression on some of the prints. It is always a bit of a gamble printing in the margins as you can so easily smudge a curlew or two and spoil the entire piece. But sometimes it is worth the gamble.


You can see more woodcuts on my Hand Printed Woodcuts page

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