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« on: October 05, 2011 10:00:36 AM »

I'd like to share a couple of recent linocuts:



Despite the opinion of some people around here (i.e. this apartment) there's a colony of white squirrels in Toronto's Trinity-Bellwood Park! I know. I've seen them, This is a portrait of one of them, climbing head-down a maple tree, along with the words "Legendary White Squirrel of Trinity-Bellwoods", which I carved in reverse, in lino, and printed in dark, silver-bronze, with redish-pink eyes, on Japanese kozo (or mulberry paper). Each print is 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) wide and 14 inches (35.6 cm) tall. It's sort of become a running joke to question the reality of the white squirrels of Trinity-Bellwoods, but they are well documented. You can google it. They even have a street, White Squirrel Way, and a caf named after them.

The lettering (fantastical "Legendary", outlined white "White Squirrel" with large bushy-tail like swirls, and the more formal and stylized "Trinity-Bellwoods") reflects the nature of the words.



This is my lino block print of a chipmunk, printed in bronze and black ink on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, 7.25 inches by 12.5 inches (18.5 cm by 31.5 cm), in an edition of 10. Colours slightly variable.

This little guy is based on a photograph (by my better half). One of the resident cottage chipmunks really made this gesture. I couldn't resist adding a thought caption.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011 11:44:29 AM »

I love these prints. Cool lino cutting.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 12:24:40 PM »

I love the pictures and your lino cutting skills are impressive
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2011 11:05:17 AM »

Thanks Antidigger and elderflower!
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011 09:47:38 AM »

great job!
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011 01:47:23 PM »

Thanks Dooney!
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012 04:55:37 AM »

They are fab prints, and I love the lettering you've added as well! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012 02:19:25 PM »

The white squirrels really do exist!
I love the deatil of the fur.
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2012 01:49:53 PM »

'Oh nuts' made me grin. They are lovely prints
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012 02:51:36 PM »

Thanks elyxandra - they do!
Thanks sewphie!
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