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Emily Smith Polyblank- Long Dog


I have always had Long dogs. I love their shape. I try to portray that and their elegant movement. When I take my two lurchers for a walk (or more a run) they twist and turn and chase each other around the fields – it is so lovely to watch.
The wood I chose for this print has great strong grain. I drew straight onto the wood, trying to get the flow and movement which matches the movement of the dogs. Before I cut the wood, I had to work out positive or negative, and which colour to use. I print only one colour, because I find that the process interferes with the flow and looseness of the print. So instead, I hand-colour the additional colours, so each print ends up slightly different. This is why I don’t print large editions.

Emily Smith Polyblank – Born in 1968 to artist parents, Emily made her first linocut (a dog) before she was eight. She carried on painting and drawing and completed an art Foundation course in Maidstone then a degree at Farnham, where she experimented with several types of print-making.
Now married and with two children, Emily surrounds herself with art, animals and nature. She lives in Kent on a small-holding co-operative that is nearly self-sufficient and creates linocuts and woodcuts inspired by her surroundings. In woodcuts, she loves using stressed wood where the grain in prominent. The knots and grain can dictate the composition and image. Her prints have been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition several times.

Medium: Woodcut


Picture size: 21 x 84cm

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