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A couple of winters ago, I picked up a small pinecone on a walk, with the idea that I would draw it later, at home. This is how I learned that pinecones will open rapidly in response to a dry, warm environment, like a house in winter. The cone had opened and changed shape by morning, a different presentation entirely.

The background block, printing in gray ink, is hand-carved in wood. The foreground block, black ink, is hand-carved from linoleum flooring. Printed on a refurbished Craftsmen Imperial tabletop platen press in my home studio in Pittsburgh, PA.



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