Jacob ewe linocut 1

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.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 drawing by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 drawing – I redrew quite a lot of it after this snap.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 stage 2 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 stage 2 – almost completed.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 1 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 1 – just checking at an early stage what needed to be done next.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 2  by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 2, checking again what needed to be cut away next.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 3 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 3.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 4 by Janet E Davis - almost completed.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 4 – almost completed.

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…

Jacobs ewe linocut 1 final? stage of cutting.

Jacobs ewe linocut 1 final? stage of cutting.

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.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 5

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 5.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 6 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 6 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 7 by Janet E Davis.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 7

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 8.

Jacob ewe linocut 1 rubbing 8.

Jacob ewe linocut inked © Janet E Davis

Jacob ewe linocut inked © Janet E Davis

Jacob ewe linocut 1 print © Janet E Davis

Jacob ewe linocut 1 print © Janet E Davis

I also tried printing her in a rich dark brown on a smooth watercolour paper.

Jacob ewe 1 print by Janet e Davis.

Jacob ewe 1 print in brown.

 

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5 thoughts on “Jacob ewe linocut 1

  1. karenatstepney

    I admire your talent and this is a perfect medium for these beautiful animals. Do you sell prints? We have four Jacon ewes due to give birth at Stepney City Farm at the end of March: do visit if you find yourself in London.

    Reply
    1. janetedavisart Post author

      Thank you very much, Karen. I’m about to try printing these and – if they work – then sorting out a method of selling them. If I can print these ok, I’m going to do a whole series of our city farm animals, and then pets corner… Good luck with your lambs!

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