Blue Heron

Blue Heron

HudsonIt started with a summer storm.  Severe winds tore through the East side of Madison and downed a number of trees.  Three of these were saved and taken to the Urban Wood Fest to show how fallen wood can be saved and used.    That is where I acquired a slab of ash.  This tree came from Hudson Park which features a burial mound.  As I walked around the park, I saw other trees, and the mound crowded with prairie plants, carefully not mown down by the city parks workers.

Blue-Heron-600An ancient tribe came here and built these mounds, we are not sure what for exactly.  Another park nearby has a bear and a lynx mound.  The one at Hudson is not easily identifiable.  Just as these visitors found something to commemorate, I remember a previous visit along the shore.   We were canoeing between the Yahara and Olbrich park when we saw a blue heron along the shoreline.

I was able to find photographs of the blue heron and so developed this design.  I chose to represent the heron in shallow relief, and to develop the color and life of the bird with several layers of thinned acrylic paint.  This is the result.  I think it is a fitting use for the ash wood that was blown into my way.

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Journal Making Class

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Erin and I attended a journal making class in La Crosse on Saturday, October 18.  This is designed to integreate art into science instruction.  We made one journal out of a cereal box and practiced taking field notes in that one.  We drew leaves we found outside and we drew a pigeon feather.  Next we made a nicer quality journal with book board and fine paper.  It was a great class and the overlap of drawing, and other forms of art, to seeing fit right in what we want to do.

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Carving Show – October 26

The Capital Area Carvers and the Badger Wood Turners have a show annually.  This year it is located at the Abundant Life Christian School in Madison.  I am working on two carving projects.  The first is a blue heron made from wood harvested near the lake by Hudson Park.  This ash tree was knocked down in a storm and was harvested and sawn into planks at the Urban Wood Fest on Atwood Avenue.  I took a look around at the mound and the location and remembered seeing a blue heron on the lake edge.  So this this is as far as I have gotten. I am working on the painting scheme.

The second is a Santa – this as an unfinished block of basswood and I was told it was intended to be a Santa coming down the chimney. This is what resulted.  Along with other club members carvings, this will be for sale at the show.

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