The Jacob sheep at Ouseburn Farm mostly ignore me. One often watches me to make sure that I’m not a danger to the flock, and when I saw them with the ram one winter afternoon, one stamped its foot to warn me off. They start making a noise and staring in the direction of the farm buildings in the afternoon when they decide that it’s time that they returned to the barn, and often gather by the gate as the time to go approaches nearer. When someone goes to collect them, they dash out of the gate as soon as it’s opened and race over to their barn.
I have a bit more cutting yet to do on this linocut, and started to do rubbings at an earlier stage to try to see better what needed cutting. The rubbings are done in ordinary wax crayon on ordinary white paper of the kind used in photocopiers and printers.
I think that I may have cut away too much in some areas, and there’s just a little, delicate cutting needed to refine a few areas, but it’s nearly complete…
I think that that is the final stage of cutting this one, unless the proof-printing shows up something I need to (and can) change.
The next few pictures are more rubbings in wax crayons.
I also tried printing her in a rich dark brown on a smooth watercolour paper.