Trees by Water

Jean Royle created this Christmas card design of birch and fir trees by water in the 1980s. This original design was created as a lino print measuring 4¼” x 6¼” including the border and was printed with black ink onto a coffee coloured paper. It is a sombre view in which  the reflections are cleverly used to create pattern qualities  and added interest which also acts to balance the composition.  The preliminary sketches in pencil are taken from her sketchbook and shown below. This particular subject interested her very much hence the many rough ideas for this design which can be seen in the Sketchbook section.