If the state of politics in this country is as distressing to you as it is to me, you’ll be in desperate need of something heartwarming right about now. As much as I like block printing, I know that sometimes you need the stronger stuff: video clips of roly-poly puppies or of kittens falling asleep, photos of baby pandas or
Option one, a curious, playful kitten, always a good choice. I like the wood grain on this one, and the soft look of the kitten with multiple greys and relatively indistinct edges.
Option three, a relatively recent mini print of my own, because hedgehogs are so very, very cute. One afternoon back in the spring I spent half an hour with a hedgehog at our school district’s science center. The little guy needed to be held and handled because he hadn’t had enough socialization at his previous home, and although he didn’t like me a bit (he didn’t like anybody - hence the need for socialization) I certainly liked him! If only it were always so easy to be patient and gentle with the angry, frightened, prickly critters we meet.
[Pictures: The Vote, wood block print by Helen West Heller, 1947 (Image from Mainly Meiji);
Kitten and Knitting Wool, wood block print by Masaharu Aoyama, c 1950-60s (Image from Ohmi Gallery);
Happy Hills, woodcut by Vicky Katzman (Image from Etsy shop vickykatzman);
Hedgehog, rubber block print by AEGN, 2016.]