The Madison sewage district works to manage water flowage to support marsh life on the S. Side.
Today I took a walk and encountered swallows maneuvering over the green algae covered water, fiesty redwings, a dramatic killdeer, gold finches, Canadian geese, black duck with ducklings in tow, three kinds of dragonflies and a white moth.
The red of the acorn remains but is fractured and faded in the bark.
The small and smooth becomes tall and rough.
The oak has become a host for vines and lichen.
This is for a show entitled “The Life of a Seed” at Christ Presbyterian Church, Madison, WI. This was scheduled for Lent and Easter, but will be installed and remain in place after the Covid-19 Stay at Home restrictions are relieved.
Both pieces are carved in basswood and painted in acrylics.
I’m making up the process as I go. Using photo reference transferred with graphite paper, I set in the deep crevices. Bark is rough, so I have to avoid the temptation to smooth things out. Next I textured the surface with a small u shaped gouge. Now I will come in and create intermediate sized crevices and clean up the two vines. That will be as far as I can go with carving. After that will be painting.