Image posted with the permission of the artist. View more Harriet Matsaert's work at Turaco Illustrations. She says she is new to printmaking and that this is the first in a series of the Mugumo (fig) tree, regarded as sacred in Kenya where she lives.
I love the loose spontaneity found in the mark-making combined with the firm compositional grounding. Creatures of all sorts are engaged in daily goings-about on and around the thick and sturdy branch. All is set against a sunny glow that stretches across the horizon. The green-blue shadows along both the bottom and top edges of the image allude to the cyclical nature of the days, the seasons, and the habits and tasks done over and over again.