Speak Softly by Lori Biwer-Stewart
This is an original linocut by Lori Biwer-Stewart of Osage, Iowa.
Speak softly and carry a big stick…
Theodore Roosevelt first used the phrase in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 1901, four days before the assassination of President William McKinley who died eight days later, which subsequently thrust Roosevelt into the presidency.
This little goldfinch obviously got the upperhand and stands triumphantly holding a blackbird feather in his beak.
"Speak Softly" is an original linoleum created and hand pulled in my studio on heavy weight Stonehenge printmaking paper. Each is hand painted with lightfast inks, so each print may vary slightly.
Linocut is a type of relief print. Relief printing is a technique where a piece of paper is “stamped” by the top surface of the plate painted in ink. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife and chisels.
Image size: 4.5 x 7″
Edition size: 30
Signed and titled in pencil below the print.
Mounted on a piece of archival foamboard and packaged in a plastic sleeve.