Leaning Hawthorn – Red Sky
Jean Royle created this original Christmas card design in the late 1980s and many versions were produced from the original lino block. In this example Jean has printed the image of the tree in black over a sunset sky and added hand painted details to the tree and foreground with water colour. She has created an atmospheric image with these simple additions. There is a sense of expansive space created by the distant black hills silhouetted against the evening sky even though the actual card measures only 5″ x 3½“. The preliminary roughs for this design are taken from her sketchbook and are shown below.