First Flight


Release Date: 2023
Edition: 16
Proofs: 1
Image Size: 24″ x 18″ (including paper margins)


My goal in making this woodblock print was to convey the thrill of a new experiences.  I chose a fledgling Catbird plunging headlong into the unknown to illustrate my point.  The piece captures the moment the bird leaps, legs outstretched, beak open.  The bird is off-balance and waiting for its flight instinct to kick in.  The bird puts its life on the line by defying gravity but gains the world in return.


This original artwork was designed, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay.  Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Moon Peach Japanese Washi.  The artwork is signed, titled, and numbered in pencil by the artist.

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