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Cats and owls are two of my very most favourite creatures. And though one may have wings, and the other whiskers, in other ways they are like two peas in a pod! This must be why Edward Lear had them fall in love and sail away together, and also why so many cat lovers are also fond of owls too. They are both nocturnal hunters who share a liking for mouse supper. Both are lazy, and at the same time alert and intelligent, and have those big, staring eyes that glow in the dark of night. In fact, owls are known in some cultures as ‘hooting cats’ or ‘cats with wings’. There have even been reports of owls purring!

Throughout history, the owl and the pussycat have both been surrounded by myth, folklore and superstition, with wildly differing tales depending on the culture they originate from. Both are known as symbols of good and also harbingers of evil. They have an air of magic about them -- the owl is thought of by some to be the consort of magicians, while the cat is a familiar of witches.

My inspiration behind this drawing was an article I once read in a cat magazine about a stray cat and an injured owl that were taken into an animal rescue centre on the same cold, blustery night. Apparently, when the carers took the owl and the cat out of their respective carriers, they made an instant beeline for one another. The staff were so amazed by this show of mutual affection between the owl and the cat that they let them share a basket, where they snuggled down together, blissfully content in each other’s company! It was true love, just as Edward Lear had said!

This is a single colour linocut in sepia brown, one of a limited edition of 32 prints. Each print in this series will vary slightly due to the process of hand printing, making each one truly unique. In fact, my favourite part of making a linocut is when I peel back the paper from the lino and see the finished print – it feels like magic every time!

I have left a white border around this print so that it will look good either cropped into with a 13” x 13” frame, or else in any larger-sized square frame with the white border or a mount (matte).

Each print has been individually signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist (that’s me!!)

Image Size: 11 5/8” x 12” (295mm x 305mm)
Paper Size: 14” x 14” (355mm x 355mm)
Paper: Natural white acid free, age resistant 190gsm Hahnemuhle Nostalgie
Ink: Schmincke Linoprint water-based, light fast ink

This print comes in a sealed cello bag with board backing and is posted flat in a protective board-backed envelope

Owl and Pussycat Linocut -- Limited Edition

$42.65 USD
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, ink, lino, linocut
  • Ships worldwide from Faversham, United Kingdom
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