A Small Corner of our Country
Keith Pettit- Featured Artist- Chalk Gallery- Lewes, East Sussex- 1st to 21st October.
A guest blog
Can an image so delicate, so small and so intricate portray passion. Yes it can simply because Keith is infused with the beauty and romance of Sussex. The image of a game of cricket, a church steeple in the background, a relaxed spectator in a deck chair beside the dog lapping from a bowl. This, surely, epitomises everythinkg English. Then there are the images of the boxing hares and running hare. The English countryside with Sunbeams over Firle, Southdown Harvest, Seven Sisters. towns and villages, Lewes Castle from the Paddock, Lewes Cathedral. All these immages are not paintings or drawings they are intricate, detailed wood engravings. What is a wood engraving? It is one of the most equisite forms of printmaking. The print is made by engraving the reversed design or picture into the smooth surface of hte block of end grain wood using a range of specialist tools.
Looking at Keith's engravings you know there'll always be an England- while there's a country lane or a small cottage by a field of grain.
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More on Keith's wood engravings: http://www.keithpettit.co.uk/index.php/featured-projects/wood-engraving