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Drizzly Day in Haweswater

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Sarah du Feu
Drizzly Day in Haweswater
Original Screen print
Image size 90 x 90 cm
Paper size 103 x 103 cm
Unframed
Printed on acid free Somerset tub sized 410gsm paper
Please note that insitu images are purely an indication of how a piece may look.

This screen print was inspired by a walk around Haweswater on a (yes, you’ve guessed it) drizzly day. Haweswater is one of the most difficult lakes to get to in The Lake District, it has one small road down one side with a tiny car park at the end. This ensures it is extraordinarily peaceful and unspoiled. The fells rise up above the lake in customary dramatic and beautiful fashion. The light changes second by second and the colours are the warm greys, greens, reds and browns we so associate with this landscape. On this particular day the sky was turning from dark malevolent grey to a golden glow of sunshine as the rain came and went. The two ensuing screen prints inspired by that walk capture both the grey drizzle and the golden glow that comes after the rain.
This screen print is multi layered, approximately 15 or 16 layers. Sarah makes the screen stencils by creating block sections that follow the contours of the land. This is a lengthy, painstaking process. The prints take several days to make as layers need to dry and new screens need to be made to add the next layers.
Sarah’s prints tend to be either one off monoprints or very small editions.
This screen print is one of an edition of 4.

Size: H:103 cm x W:103 cm

Sarah du Feu, artist, is available for sale online and in our art gallery at Wychwood Art. Sarah is a Yorkshire based artist and printmaker and takes inspiration from the landscape around her in Yorkshire, as well as the fells in Cumbria, and a small stretch of the North Cornwall Coastline, a place that has been a haven and retreat for the last 30 years. The landscape there is constantly changing between visits. The weather and the sea alter the geography of the beaches, erode the rocks and play tricks with the colours. I have tried to record the physicality of some of these changes in my prints. They are an emotional response to these ever-shifting landscapes.” The weather in Yorkshire and Cumbria can alter a landscape in the blink of an eye, from dreary greys to warm earth tones, through to vibrant oranges, greens and blues, with a quality of light that seems to have come straight from the heavens. Sarah’s prints are built up in layers of ink, creating depth and texture. Although the prints have a deceptively simple and serene composition, they are complex, multi-staged works. The monoprints are made using cut out newsprint stencils, lino, and layers and layers of inking. These prints can take weeks to make as drying times are necessary between layers. The screen prints are built up layer by layer, sometimes up to 20 or 30 layers per print. They are made in small editions of 4 or 5. Both the landscape and still life works are studies in the relationships between the key elements of form, composition and colour. Sarah sees the still life prints as a form of landscape. Sarah started life as a midwife, but after needing a change in the early 90’s, studied printmaking at Leeds Beckett University and continues to teach printmaking there now. She has exhibited extensively in galleries around the UK, from Scotland to Cornwall. To discuss any of Sarah du Feu's works for sale please call 07799535765 or email deborah@wychwoodart.com

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