The Maine Bird Series
Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
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 fourth in this series is the white breasted nuthatch. The resident acrobat at my bird feeders, these little birds seem to prefer to be upside down, craning their heads upwards. It’s a good trick and comes in handy when the feeders are crowded and birds are jostling for position -- there is almost always room on the underside of a suet cage!
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.