This is a reduction linocut collage. The bird, a Northern Flicker, was created through the reduction process. In this process, a single linoleum plate is used for the entire image, and is cut (or reduced) in stages to create a multi-colored print. The first color, here a light beige, was printed using the whole plate, with only a minimum number of cuts to allow the white paper to show through. The plate was then carved and printed in the next color, a darker beige, to allow the lighter color to show through in the cut areas. With this method, the total area of the block is successively reduced as each new color is added, and the final color printed, here black, is the darkest. The number of prints in the edition is determined before printing the first color as the image cannot be reprinted.
The bird was cut out and glued, using PVF glue, onto a linoleum print of an oak branch that had a second, uniform yellow drop applied with a plexiglass plate. Both images were printed on acid-free paper. Limited edition of 11.
The image size is 12 inches by 12 inches. There is some variation in the paper size.