MaryAnnTestagrossa Art

MaryAnnTestagrossa Art
Mary Ann Testagrossa's Linocut Prints

Friday, February 16, 2018


"Enlightened" © MaryAnnTestagrossa
"Enlightened."  My second cat print in my series.  This one has special significance.  It was inspired by my beloved cat who passed away, Motor.  A very special boy, indeed.  

The idea behind the print, "Enlightened,"  is that when we all pass, we have a larger perspective on life, and what our own personal journeys are all about.  We become enlightened.  And so this print, is a tribute to my Motor, but also to all cats who are waiting for us at the ***Rainbow Bridge. 

This is the carved block.  There are many different types of block to choose from.  This is Speedy Carve by Speedball.  It is very soft and easy to cut.  Highly recommend, especially for beginners.  

This is the carved block, cut and separated for inking two colors. 
Finished prints and tools of the trade.

More samples of finished prints, and the tools used.

***The Rainbow Bridge  ( inspired by a Norse legend)
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
     Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
 Author Unknown

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