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My welcome of Spring in a matted and framed hand-tinted linoleum block print of a tiny white kitten nestled on a branch with pink spring blossoms and green leaf buds.

I once had a pure white long-haired kitty with pea green eyes and a pink nose named Sally. She was also completely deaf, and completely fearless; without distraction, she lived in her own little world, full of sleep and joy and play. She was the inspiration for many sketches, paintings and photos, and for this little piece as well.

Almost everywhere I've lived there has been a quince bush, an old-fashioned favorite for its early bright pink flowers—so early, in fact, that the bush in my neighbor's yard in the years when Sally was young bloomed every year during the January thaw, and then snow would fall on the bright pink blooms, nestling in the curve of the branches like Sally when she'd found a good cozy spot.

The style of this design was inspired after studying and practicing many illustration traditions, from Asian-inspired block prints and brush paintings to metal and wood etchings and block prints used for books and periodicals. My reference photo (which I kept) shows the branch with the flowers against a brilliant blue sky, and a soft little pile of snow in the angle which became the sleeping kitten.

Also inspired by the idea of a book illustration, it's just a little thing, image is 5" x 3.5", with mat and frame outside dimensions 10" x 8".

I offer this matted and framed hand-tinted print here, but you can also purchase a matted and framed black on white print, or either variation without a mat and frame. Mat and frame styles may vary, and because each print is handmade and handcolored, prints will also vary.


I'm offer this image as a wood-mounted piece and on various textiles, such as t-shirts, curtains, tablecloths, shawls and tote bags. To find other variations on this little piece of artwork, search this Etsy shop for: "SPRING KITTEN", which will bring up all the items currently available.

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.

Because of the nature of the medium, each print is unique and ink coverage is not always perfect. Most artists consider this random activity to be part of the process of creating an individualized print, and along with the hand-painting makes a unique work of art.
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The Spring Kitten Block Print, black frame

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: white rice paper, oil based linoleum block printing ink, watercolor paints, wood frame, double mat, clear glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 137 reviews
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