How does you critique or evaluate a carving, especially your own? One thing to try is to ask questions. Another is to make observations. So, here is one of my pieces. First question, do the textures seen in this view work together?
A second question, do the colors compete or support each other?
One could also ask, is the flow or movement in the piece?
An observation is that the church seems to fit the piece of wood, neither too large or too small for it. If the rule is thirds, then the church is about one third, stairs one third, and rocks one third.
Another observation is to note the repeat of color, red steps and red in the windows, brown cross and trim, around the windows, and in wood work. Perhaps there could have been some yellow lower down or in and open window to tie in the roof.
For some reason the cross titled to the side seems to work. It adds some movement to the entire piece. What do you think?
I know it has been a while since posting, but as you can see, carving continues. Hope yours has too.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Ps 23
A few snow days and some quiet hours have given me time to carve a small waddle of penguins. Check me out, the term is correct, when they are on land anyway. When they are in the water you call them a raft of penguins. And if they are chicks standing around in a group you have a creche (kresh) of penguins.
The penguins shown here have been carved in several different types of wood. The first few photos here are a carving out of white pine. Several things to like about this one, I think. You don’t have smell on your computer, but the wood has a great aroma. Also, I really like the grain and the effect it has on the piece. And one more feature I like about this carving, the blank was cut out of a piece of white pine splintered off a log. The block of wood was about three inches square. The carving still has some of the rough edges on the piece. I like the effect.
One of my favorite materials for carving is cottonwood. I really like the effect of the rich, dark red coloring of this penguin. It also looks good on the uncut bark, giving the wood a “rock-like” appearance.
This little guy is my daughter’s favorite. He is done in butternut. His plumb little body leans into you. He has a cute charm.
The piece, like the mini, is out of basswood. Basswood is one of the favorite materials for American wood carvers. This piece is an attempt at creating tension and movement. The uphill climb is real.
The final two pictures are of small piece done in cedar. The smell is great and the colors add a nice touch to the carving.
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:32
One of the great things about wood carving is the freedom to carve what draws your attention. I have liked human faces. So I carve them. I will talk more about where to find inspiration, what kinds of things to collect, what to look for in face carving. In this entry I want to talk about the Banana Hat Guy. I got the idea for this face and the banana
hat from another carver, a well-known one – Tom Wolfe. Tom does some awesome faces. And he has fun presenting them in different ways. His elves and gnomes, ancient men and rustic caricatures have pleased many for lots of year.
The Banana Hat Man is done in basswood. He is designed to hang from a “Banana Hook,” of course. That is also Tom’s idea. It makes for an eye catching presentation. The piece is painted with diluted acrylic which allows for many layers in a stain-like effect also allowing the wood grain to show through.
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