28 x 35.6 cm art print featuring Cats and Flowers by Elizabeth Blackadder from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This print comes delivered rolled in a cardboard tube.
Lithographs can be made using a traditional stone surface, or alternatively the printmaker can draw their design on a finely grained zinc or aluminium plate. Elizabeth Blackadder’s lithograph Cats and Flowers was worked up from a small pencil sketch, using six metal plates for the different colours. There are two shades of green in this print, which were printed from the same plate. A paler wash was printed first, then the plate was reworked for the dark green of the flower stems and foliage.
Painter and printmaker Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021) was born in Falkirk. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art under William Gillies, and lectured at the college from 1962 until her retirement in 1986. In 1956 she married fellow artist John Houston. Blackadder was well known for her delicate paintings of flowers and still life subjects, however, she also painted landscapes and portraits. She painted with both oils and watercolour, but used the latter most frequently as it was well suited to conveying her sensitive brushwork.