This is one of my series of “Dancer” prints of a red crested crane. The image on the right is the plate that it was printed from. I love the plates almost more than the prints themselves. They are a piece of artwork in their own right with textures, carved lines and spaces and items stuck on, finished with a layer of shellac which produces the ochre coloured finish.
One problem I have encountered with printmaking unlike painting is reproducing it digitally here. Both scanning and photographs do not quite make the grade and (although I say it myself!) the images are much better in the flesh.
The wings are created by using a paper case used for cooking muffins.