Peacock Linocut

Growing up on a small farm, the meowing from the muster of peacocks down the road might have been annoying or even downright creepy. But it never bothered me, and now I think about it with nostalgia. I wanted to do something with that feeling, so I decided to make a linocut of a peacock. The first sketch I did (below) was okay, but I didn’t love it.

Peacock and some feathers

After getting some feedback from my best friend the artist, I changed the composition to be more self-contained, changed the very geometric tail feathers to something more organic, and made the small hidden bird within the body of the larger bird less hidden, and this is what I came up with:

Now this, I love.

This was just the sketch. I’m cutting the linoblock now, and I’ll post the results when I’m done. The plan is to use the print as the cover for a book because that’s just what I do.


About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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2 Responses to Peacock Linocut

  1. Ki says:

    *Long low whistle of admiration*

    That is beautiful.

    • sappling says:

      Thanks, Ki. Have you been doing any art recently? I know you put your stuff up on Deviantart, but I don’t know how to find you on there.

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