Sunday, 30 December 2012

Where have the lino-prints gone ?

It is normally at this time of year that I am keenly cutting away at lino endeavouring to produce some designs.  Those of you that follow my blog know that my lino-cuts are often on the theme of birds.

This year, my time has been spent painting and planning further botanical paintings as I want to explore more exhibiting opportunities.  At the moment I am working on a very large painting of a Sacred Lotus.  Below is the sheet I compiled whilst  I was testing colours etc. 

Back to birds and lino-prints.  In 2011 I saw a link to an advert on the Arts Jobs website.  It was asking for artists to contribute images of birds of freshwater habitats for a forthcoming poetry anthology.  I hastily applied and thought it was an exciting opportunity to show case some of my
lino-prints.  There was an extensive list of birds to choose from and I chose to illustrate the Heron, Great-crested Grebe and Kingfisher.

Just before Christmas I heard that the book had been published, but unfortunately due to email address problems I had missed the launch party in London.  My disappointment was short-lived, as on Christmas Eve my best present arrived on the doorstep - 5 copies of the anthology !  Having not been involved in anything like this before I wasn't sure what the final result would be like, but I must say that I am absolutely thrilled.

Kirsten Irvine and Jon Stone at Sidekick books have done a wonderful job in compiling and publishing the book and Kirsten is also one of the contributing poets.  The artwork is all in monochrome and includes a variety of styles.  The book is very reasonable priced and futher information can be found at:


As another year comes to a close I wish everyone a happy, healthy and creative 2013. 
Thank you to everyone that follows my blog and it certainly inspires me when people show an interest in my artwork.  There are many artists out there that work away in their own homes, sometimes feeling quite isolated, they in turn get a lot of support from other artists that they may meet in art forums on Facebook or from other blogs, thank you to them too - you know who you are ! 


  1. Congratulations on your beautiful illustrations. My brother, Simon Barraclough and friend, Isobel Dixon, have poems in this book.

  2. Many thanks Lorraine - I had a lovely time reading some of the poems to my young nieces over the Christmas period.

  3. How exciting to see your Lino prints in the book. Well done , no wonder you are pleased and they look lgreat.
    Happy new year Sarah, hope it brings more exciting things.

  4. How exciting for you Sarah - such lovely lino-cuts! Congratulations and best wishes for 2013.


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