Many images of bulls, oxen, buffaloes, you name it, have danced in my head since last Fall, but none stayed there long enough to make it onto a block. Ferdinand has always been a sentimental favorite, but in the end this fellow won out. There was a fabulous mosaic bull in Cadiz, but the thought of cutting all those little lines for the mosaic idea was more than I could handle, especially since I have two more urgent projects waiting in the wings.
So, here we have Spiral Ox. That sounds like it could be contagious - some kind of new virus, but he is really a tame and good natured fellow. He is a reduction print, just one block of precious cherry wood has been sacrificed for this print. Originally I had planned for him to be lime green, but try as I might, all I could get was brown once the orange body had been printed. That kind of thing just does not work with reduction methods and transparent ink - surprise! one gets brown every time, which I knew of course, but for some reason thought I could overcome if I printed it often enough. Other than that, things went pretty much as planned.
And now I am off to release the herd at the PO. I hope they are ready for this! Hooves away —