Cumulus Dove

Lyell Castonguay
Cumulus Dove, 2019
Woodblock print
Image: 15″ x 11″, Paper: 18″ x 13″
Edition of 9 and 1 Proof
$625 unframed/$875 framed


Birds love a quick dip in water.  The process helps cleans their feathers of dust and dandruff.  This image is inspired by one of Castonguay’s pet birds who, after a water spritz, enjoys basking in the sun to dry off.  The voluminous shape of the bird’s body, decked with ruffly feathers, reminded the artist of the clouds outside his studio window. The subject’s weightlessness, complimented by a tranquil expression and relaxed feet, is accentuated by the formless background on which it is placed.