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
Jim Redhawk demonstrates how to carve an eagle head from a cottonwood blank. My version posted here as soon as I get photos to share. Enjoy Redhawk’s lesson until then. Shalom.
“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Of course, you are asking yourself what this photo is all about. Well, if you haven’t skipped to the bottom and looked through the gallery yet, it is a mouth full of teeth. Not my original idea, I found it in one of the myriad of carving magazines lying around my carving space. This is a final post of a project shown earlier in 83 Big mouth 1 and 2. This is Big mouth 2 painted.
I didn’t want to make all the pictures large, but I thought at least these two would make a nice showing, giving the full effect of the piece. I really like the strong white on the teeth. It is acrylic white at full strength. I do like the softer blue for a hint of a hat and the natural red or umber of the unpainted wood for the face. Every piece teaches something for the next time. On this piece I would paint the gums a stronger red. Without it, there is some confusion about where the gum is and where the lip begins. Having said that, the piece is fun. Anyone interested in buying it? We can talk.
“Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! ” Proverbs 18
I just have to share a few photos of the Sequoias of California. It was a privilege and a blessing to walk among these great trees, grateful for their preservation and their beauty. I am only half joking about carving them. It would be grand to get some of this wood. I do carve cotton wood bark, so I had gone to the park hoping to be able to find a piece of Sequoia bark. After being there and touching one of the tree, I know better. The bark of these giants is spongy, made up of many small scales or flakes. I suspect it would not make a good base for a carving.
It is difficult to imagine trees this large, and then to imagine how much wood is in one. Not that I am in favor of cutting any of this beauties down, but, wow. I must say that, while the pictures are stunning, being in their presences is even better.
“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”
The pieces shown here are not done in wood. They are all clay. Home to them is a beautiful new museum in Tianjin, China. So what are these photos doing in a wood blog? Ideas, ideas, ideas. I love looking at how artists take the real world and make it in….you name it…clay, glass, plastic, fruit, yarn, paint, pencil, steel, junk, wire, string, paper, cloth. The variety is amazing, the talent, the creativity, stunning. The main character here has so many great details. Notice the tilt of his hat and the curl of the bill. No American teen could do it better. The shoes, both the one being repaired and his own, also have neat detail – thick soles, the kink of the leather, the stitching on his own, no laces. A wood carver could learn much from the angles of the limbs, head, and body. The fine details in the clothing – marks to indicate shadow or create shadow. And, we haven’t even begun to look at the two characters in the background. Enjoy. Would you share what details you find interesting in the others?
A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
In a previous post, 96, I shared two pictures from my Uncle’s house, pictures of old fashioned roof lines on old fashioned houses. Here is one of the houses I have worked on. The thatched roof has a mountain home feel. The doors work well, even though they aren’t t he same. After it was completed I thought perhaps I should have put bigger windows on the back side. What do you think? I really like the shadows the deep cuts make in the base. The next carving has more details on the porch. Each carving brings ideas for the next. I would value seeing some of your carvings. Care to share?
Go to the ant, you sluggard;consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summerand gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6: 6,7,8
Do any of you remember a childhood book entitled, “Burt Dow, Deep Water Man”? Author Robert McCloskey (http://www.robertmccloskeymemoir.com/) wrote about an east coast deep sea fisherman named Burt who ends up inside a whale in a gale. The story begins with Burt hooking a whooper, a whale. His tiny boat can’t hold the whale, so Burt removes his hook and patches the whales tail with colorful bandage. The story ends with Burt placing a colorful band-aid on the tails an entire pod of whales. You will have to read it to find out about the gale and the whale.
Of course, these photos are not part of Burt Dow’s story, but the whale here reminds me of McCloskey’s whales. And certainly this whale, with the notch out of one side and a knot in the other side of his tail might be able to use one of Burt’s bandages, or two or three.
But of course, this whale could be as friendly and helpful as any of the whales in McCloskey’s story.
I think the smile on this guy comes across really well. Of course, whales don’t smile, but if they did, this is what they would look like.
So, another whale. This one came out beautifully. While cedar is not the easiest wood to work with, an acrylic wash has allowed the cedar wood grain to pour through adding another dimension of texture to the piece. The whale is a stylized blue whale. The piece about 12 x x 4 without the base.
The base is a piece of lake drift wood. Some color has been added to give the feel of ocean floor. The colors seem a bit intense in these photos, but when the piece is sitting on a counter or mantel the colors come through more subtly. The mounting, at angle, gives the piece a little more movement. I really like the last picture. The shadow and light make for a happy face.
This whale is now part of the collection of Mr. Rick Buteyn.
“It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.” Proverbs 18:5