Spring is almost here, and we had a full day of lovely golden sunshine yesterday! Our resident cat, Belle makes another appearance here in this handmade linocut print. She has been stuck indoors (see: one of my other prints 'Belle on M's windowsill') for the last few months, and so she is making the most of the weather, and spending a lot of time in the garden.
Daffodils herald the arrival of Spring, and all things fresh.
As Wordsworth eulogised, daffodils make everything better!
"And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."
Here, I have used a disproportionate scale for the giant daffodils in my sketch from which I have developed this print. Several artists, such as Vermeer and Courbet, over the years have used this technique to highlight various aspects of their artwork. Belle seems to be hidden away amongst these giant daffodils, and I sometimes wonder if these seem quite as big to her too!
This is a reduction linocut, where I carved away the design with different layers of colours. I printed it on the Columbian Press from 1856 which is a beautiful piece of machinery (see 'At Work' section, and also the Artfinder Blog where I was featured). I have then handpainted parts of the flowers using the same oil-based printing inks to give it an embossed look.
The artwork is made on ivory Satin Somerset 285 gsm printing paper, giving it a luxurious and smooth finish. Bright blue skies and gorgeous green colours contrast with the sunshine yellow.
All sizes are approximate due to the asymmetric nature of the drawing. Since these are each handmade and inks rolled and applied each time a print is created, as well as hand painted individually, each print will have some variation, which, therefore, makes it completely unique and original.
This will fit any standard frame, but if you would like a framed ready to hang print, please do contact me, and I could arrange that.
Although this is unlikely to incur any duties/taxes, any custom charges, where applicable, for overseas customers are the responsibility of the buyer.
Prints will be signed and numbered on the front, and sent beautifully wrapped in cellophane bag and hard-backed envelope.
Purchase of print does not transfer copyright (c) Pragya Agarwal 2016.
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