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Marketplace: “Awakening” Hand-tinted in Warm Autumn Colors

Awakening hand-tinted in warm autumn colors with a red mat.

Sorting through stored artwork I was pleased to find a print of “Awakening” that I’d tinted in autumn colors. When I take the time to tint individual prints I usually do more than one, and in different color combinations too. I’m excited for the coming of autumn, so I framed this print with a rich red mat and it’s ready to go. I have only one, and for the next week I’m offering a special discount to readers of The Creative Cat too. You’ll see that in the area where you can order, below.

When I created this 16″ round linoleum block print in 2004, I’d intended for it to be versatile. Beginning with my Tortie Girls block prints a few years previous I’d worked out the mechanics of printing on rice paper that could be hand-tinted to add color in various media, from dustings of pastel to watercolors to acrylic paints. I love this print in black and white and in seasonal and thematic color variations as well, and the autumnal variations with tinges of yellow, scarlet, orange and green was the first variations I created, and still just about my favorite.

About the artwork

“Awakening” is a linoleum block print, 16″ in diameter, printed in acrylic-based ink on handmade white rice paper or rice paper with silver and gold foil speckles or other artifacts. Matted and framed it’s 20″ x 20″.

Quote reads: ” ‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’–Anatole France. Dedicated to my prince and princess and all those since who’ve awakened their part of my soul.”

“Awakening” was inspired by my close companions Kublai and Sally who ran the household together for about 12 years and who actually slept curled like this (photo below). I enjoyed following the inspiration to combine the image of the two cats with the decorative border simply made of shapes and patterns that were both attractive and easy to cut in a block print, and which would later lend themselves to adding color in a variety of ways.

Please read more about the print and the inspiration of Kublai and Sally, below.

Detail images of the print

 Awakening with warm and bright hand coloring.
Awakening with warm and bright hand coloring.

Here is what the frame looks like:

Awakening frame.

Order the Autumn hand-tinted selection, or choose another

A hand-tinted print matted and framed is 20″ x 20″ and is typically $150.00, including shipping. Until September 30, 2023 I’m offering $25.00 off each matted and framed print, whether you choose the autumn-themed print or another. Remember, though, I only have one autumn-themed tinted print right now, and it’s the only one that’s framed. Any other order will take up to a week while I cut the mat and frame it. When you order, use the code AWAKENING25.

I offer many variations on this print, but I’ve placed the Autumn selection at the top for easy ordering.

Creating the artwork

Quote reads: “‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’–Anatole France. Dedicated to my prince and princess and all those since who’ve awakened their part of my soul.”

Kublai and Sally often slept like this; the reference photo for "Awakening".
Kublai and Sally often slept like this; the reference photo for “Awakening”.

“Awakening” was inspired by my close companions Kublai and Sally who ran the household together for about 12 years and who actually slept curled like this. I enjoyed following the inspiration to combine the image of the two cats with the decorative border simply made of shapes and patterns that were both attractive and easy to cut in a block print.

I had seen the quote in a number of different places, and of all the quotes about how animals fill our souls this one, the concept of awakening, I found most moving. These two cats, especially Kublai, the black one, were a major part of my awakening not only to animals but to love in general.

Aside from the fact that they were both loving, friendly and social, they were complete opposites in the way they expressed this love and were as different in temperament as they were in color and texture as the loose reference to yin and yang illustrates.

In their own ways they nurtured about 30 foster cats of widely differing ages and social abilities, just as they nurtured me in the years they shared my life.

“Kublai” is somehow derived from the word for “prince” in Sanskrit, and “Sally” is derived from the word for “princess”—Sarah—in Hebrew.

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.

I also print this image on textiles, such as curtains, tablecloths, shawls and tote bags. Please check my Feline Linoleum Block Prints and Handmade Feline Gifts gallery to see what’s currently available.

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.

Mat is an acid-free rich red, my favorite shade to coordinate with plain black and white block prints; not too bright, not too dull. I cut the circular mat myself in my studio; the narrowest portion of the mat is 1.5″. The frame is a 1″ wide plain black matte-finish wood. The final framed size is 21″ x 21″.

I apologize for the photos—with or without glass it was a little difficult to photograph!

See other feline artwork in My Cats gallery and in Feline Artwork gallery

and see other feline block prints in my Feline Linoleum Block Prints and Handmade Feline Gifts galleries.



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The prints have been fully inspected by Giuseppe.

The prints have been fully inspected by Giuseppe.

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Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.

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Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

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It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!



Copyright

All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.


Subscribe to my e-newsletter

Subscribe to The Creative Cat Preview E-newsletter.


© 2022 | www.TheCreativeCat.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!

 
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From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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