Sunday, March 23, 2008

Peevish Toad

Toad is irritable and here is the story. One day Toad spots Snake riding his horse. Snake isn't the most graceful of riders; after all, he is a snake, and he can't sit up straight for long or use two hands. So Toad gives Snake some hints. He even demonstrates personally just how to ride like an expert. After quite a show, Snake gets back on his horse. But Snake shows no improvement. At this point, Toad loses it. He curses and gripes, "What a stupid snake you are! If you can't ride as I have shown you, you might as well not ride at all!" But Snake trots off, oblivious to Toad's tirade, murmuring to himself, "That may be, but the point is, I am the owner of this horse, not you." This African folk tale is the inspiration for my piece "Peevish Toad," an 8 by 8 inch linocut.

8 comments:

Kate said...

Aaahhhhh!~ love your woodblock prints!!! this one is magical.

johanna said...

wow! this is amazing!

Miz K said...

Very nice!

Nicky Linzey said...

Love your style and the way you've used the story in this illustration

Bee said...

Really like your style and this is a great story for the topic :)

van dyke said...

Great job. Nice line work and good design!

Curious Art said...

Great story & linocut.

silverfish said...

Beautiful patterns in this. I'd love to read a book of fables illustrated by you! The way all the patterns radiate and swirl is very striking.

(By the way, your blog only lets people comment if they have an account on blogger - I had to log in, but don't use my account at the moment as I'm over at Errantry now).