Newfoundland Linocuts


These linocuts were done in outport communities of Newfoundland in the winter of 1979-80.
For each linocut there was a 7 to 10 day cycle of work that included the following steps:
- Make a pencil sketch at each location (one to two days).
- Trace each sketch with tracing-paper.
- Place the tracing-paper with the image face down on a piece of carbon paper.
- Trace over the image again on the back of the tracing paper to transfer a mirror-image of the sketch onto a piece of linoleum.
- Carve the linoleum plate (about 24cm x 32cm.).
- Take the plate to St. Michael's Printshop in Tors Cove near St. John's (about 12 hours to print 50 copies).
- Sell the prints in the streets of St. John's (about $15 each).
The images shown below also include a sketch done (1980) in the now demolished United Nail and Foundry in St. John's,
an oil pastel sketch done in St. Pierre and Miquelon, and a small stained-glass piece.