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Cat sleeping on a car (Version 1) by ©   Elaine van Dyk

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© Elaine van Dyk All Rights Reserved

Woodblock-collagraph print
Some chine-collé on the cat and the darker wall with the doorway and small window
February 2009

Printed on Zerkall Etch 250gms
Oil based Graphic Inks
Original print is 30 × 22.2cms


cat, animal, collagraph, collagraph_print, printmaking, traditional, woodblock_print, woodblock

I simply enjoy the challenges of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. My inspiration is derived from many different sources, but mostly all from places, events and emotions I have actually experienced, and from my family and other people I have met and loved.

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 5 years ago

    Love the composition…he is so relaxed…. :))

  • Thank you, Janis.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Bernd
    Berndover 5 years ago

    Your woodcuts are incredibly appealing, Elaine. Do you draw them on paper, first, or are they adapted from photos? Either way, I love them.

  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...over 5 years ago

    I’m so pleased you find them appealing, Bernd. The images for my woodcuts/etchings/linocuts stem from a combination of sources – life drawings I’ve done previously or animal studies/sketches I’ve done, or from animal gestures in photos I have taken, or simply straight from my head as in Wild Horses. (I have recently broken my rule of only ever using my own photos as source material by requesting another redbubbler’s permission to use his photo for a print I’d like to do soon. If the print works, I’ll be acknowledging his photo as the inspiration for that print.)

    Sometimes I prepare the drawings on sheets of paper the size of my woodblock and trace those onto the woodblock/linocut, sometimes I’ll draw directly onto the woodblock/linocut, copying the image from a larger one that I’ve previously done for some other purpose. For etchings I always draw straight onto the plates, and often directly from the environment or direct life observation, because I love the spontaneous effect of the lines in natural drawing, and etchings really lend themselves that sort of freedom. It’s much harder to carve my natural style of drawing in woodblocks/linocuts, so I have adopt a completely different style with them.

    This particular print was inspired by a cat I saw sleeping on a car in Mens, France, and I do have the photograph of the cat. I did a drawing on paper, using the sleeping gesture of the cat in my photo, then adapted elements of the buildings and environment to suit my print. The drawing was then traced onto the woodblock. That year (2006) there was a heat wave in France, hence the “hot” colours in this print. In Version 2 of this same woodblock, I’ve tried to capture some of the colours of southern France.

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Elaine! I love the textures and the use of the two orange tones! Would make a super poster! ;o)

  • I’m pleased you like this one, Krys – thanks for such encouraging words.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!! I think i prefer this twotone orange one to the multi-coloured one, though the cat probably looks more relaxed in the other print. So interesting to see both. And he is a French cat!! LOL!
    Love this!!!
    and love those details!!

  • Its’s great to get your view on the two versions here, Marion. I couldn’t decide for myself – guess I’m too close to both for the moment as they are still too fresh in the making. But I must say, the woodgrain is much more obvious in the two-tone version – and woodgrain is the reason I am using these woodblocks.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • MaryO
    MaryOover 5 years ago

    It’s a beauty, love the expression on the cat’s face.

  • Thanks MaryO. It’s an expression of real satisfaction, isn’t it.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 5 years ago

  • Wow, Marion, I am delighted that this is being featured. Thank you so much.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Michelle Falcony
    Michelle Falconyabout 5 years ago

    I really admire your color woodcuts and linoprints, I’m adventuring towards it myself!

  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...about 5 years ago

    Do give them a try……..very rewarding when they work! Thank you for taking the time to give me some feedback on my work, Michelle. I appreciate that very much.

  • Pam Wilkie
    Pam Wilkiealmost 5 years ago

    I absolutely love this, Elaine! Beautiful work in every way!

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