Turkish Door Lithograph, background

I though you might like to have a bit of background on this piece. We went on holiday to Turkey when my youngest son was about eight months old at Easter 1989. I drew this crumbling doorway and took photos of it in the town near to where we were staying. I revisited the motif when I went on a printmaking course in the summer of that year at Preston Uni printmaking department. I really enjoyed drawing and painting on the metal plates prior to making the offset prints. I didn’t enjoy being hurried along by our tutor. She was Called Jane Campey and was an excellent teacher, but she knew if we spent too long on the drawing we’d never get a print, especially as the course was only for a week. The process dictates a lot of what is possible. I learnt a lot though, and was very happy with the results I got. Especially as I had tried to go on a lithography course once before when we lived down south, and quickly realised I was in the wrong place when a group of gents in suits emerged, it was a course for Industial lithography, a very different thing to the Fine Art version! Anyway, I got there in the end and would love to print again. Who knows what the future may bring. I really enjoy the half tones and textures which are just like drawing on other surfaces. Very exciting.