Occasionally it’s important to make things that just feel beautiful. I picked up a small pinecone on a walk this winter, with the idea that I would draw it later, at home. This is how I learned that they 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.