Landing, Linoleum Block Print

hand-tinted block print of eagle

Landing, linocut © B. E. Kazmarski

This linoleum block print captures the moment of landing for an eagle, head pressed forward, eyes focused, talons extended ready to capture the branch, wings extended, all feathers unfurled to put on the breaks for a gentle touchdown, such a contrast with all that evidence of power.

This image is printed in black on white rice paper and hand-colored with watercolor tints reminiscent of my impressions as the eagle landed. It’s matted with a single tan acid-free black core mat, but left unframed and wrapped in plastic. The art size is 14″W x 11″H, the frame size is 20″W x 16″H.

I’d been in an art exhibit at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh for a number of years as well as visiting the place, and the eagles always fascinated me with their quiet majesty. Then I’d visited the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Animal Rescue League’s wildlife sanctuary and had even more chances to study them, finding this landing procedure to be dynamic and exciting.

Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.

I also offer this print without color, as a print alone, and matted and framed, as well as on t-shirts and sweat shirts.

You can find this set of prints in my Etsy shop, or if you are local to me I actually have these on display in my shop in Carnegie, in the back room at Carnegie Antiques, 423 West Main Street.

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