Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker


The Maine Bird Series
Downy Woodpecker, Dryobates pubescens

One-color woodcut
Hand-printed on Arnhem 1618 paper | open edition
Image size: 4.5" x 4.5"
paper size: 6.75" x 6.75"

My family and I have become amateur birders. It began innocently enough, with the installation of a single bird feeder in our yard. But that winter when the snow came, the birds came also. Enticed by the cheerful sight of birds chirping outside the window, our routine began to alter to include time watching birds, field guide in hand, trying to determine the names of our new feathered guests. Before we knew it our fascination had grown into a full fledged birding obsession involving multiple feeders and bird houses, long walks with binoculars, and hours spent studying bird books. Soon, birds became  the favorite subject of our many creative projects as well, finding their way into drawings, paintings and wood carvings. Given this, I guess it was perhaps inevitable that I should start a series of woodcuts featuring some of my favorite Maine birds...

The third in the series is the downy woodpecker. The downy is the smallest of the North American woodpeckers. It took me awhile to distinguish it from its slightly larger cousin, the hairy woodpecker; both are frequent visitors to my suet feeders. But my observant children pointed out to me the most obvious difference -- the downy has spots on its tail feathers. I have never mistaken them since.

This is a one-color woodcut. There may be slight variations between prints as is the nature of the hand-printing process. Each unframed print is packaged in a clear plastic acid-free envelope.

All images are © Rhonda Lynch 2019. All rights reserved.

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