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Lil Black Bear- Linocut

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Lil Black Bear
8 x 10 linocut on 11 x 14 Strathmore paper
(soft brown, petal infused)

In June 2012, my dog Lela and I were camping at North South Lake in the Catskill Mountains when a young black bear came waltzing down the road, into our campsite and joined us for dinner! Apparently the smell of my Morningstar Veggie Burgers was just too much for the guy (I don't blame him either... they're tasty). I've camped all my life, but this was the first time I've seen a black bear in the wild. What an amazing experience. I was absolutely thrilled (Lela--not so much!). I did this linocut to commemorate our first bear experience.

Block printing is an ancient Japanese art form that entails carving an image into a block (traditionally a wood block, but more "contemporary" materials include linoleum, rubber, styrofoam, etc); rolling ink over the carved block; and then pressing the block against paper to get a reproduction of the image. All of this is done by hand in my art studio, under the strict supervision of my two rescue dogs, Jack and Lela. :o)

Please note: Because each print is from a hand-inked and hand-pressed block, no two are exactly alike. These slight differences are a unique quality of the block-printing art form.

Picture #1- Finished print
#2- Carving the block
#3- Printing the block
#4- Our bear visitor!!

Lil Black Bear- Linocut


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: linoleum, Akua Ink, Strathmore paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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