My principal interest is linocut. I mainly work in oil-based inks on specialist paper. Generally I produce between seven and twenty two prints in each limited edition. Occasionally I will work on larger editions for one colour prints.
Nothing can replace, or is more important than, first hand drawing or sketching from observation when ideas for images come to mind. Thereafter it is central to my approach to allow the ‘feel’ for what I am trying to create to flourish, allowing colour and pattern to develop as I work. As my prints unfold I enjoy exploring the use colour and there is nothing more magical than seeing an image coming together.
I work using the ‘reduction method’. I employ one piece of lino which, after making my initial cuts, I ink to print my first and lightest colour. This first reduction (i.e. where lino has been removed from the block) will when printing the first colour result in the area cut away remaining white. Thereafter I alternately cut and ‘ink and print’, going from light to dark colours, building up thin layers of colour. The darkest colour being printed last of all. Occasionally where the image and lino block allow I will print two colours at the same time using small rollers. Generally very little lino remains on the original block by the end of the reduction process! Some prints can be simple, containing only one or two colours, whilst others may be much more complex.
My images can originate from a walk, or a visit, or a scene which has inspired my creative interpretation. From these I like to explore the day, the season, the light or the weather. Whilst some of my images are of recognisable places, others are designed to stir a memory of a particular place or time.
Janice Earley | Artist | Printmaker | Illustrator