Carving wind spirits and other characters is just plain fun! It is a form of the art that combines my love of faces with whimsey.
This cartoon kitten, purchased for a birthday gift, is carved in low relief on a maple burl with a wood-burning tool used for the upbeat verse and colouring on the kitten.
Cat in a Hat
A funny little kitten to brighten a child’s room, the cat with the red-striped hat sports a Canadian flag and has blue eyes that look just like marbles (‘cause the are).
Carved in a board 13” high; the hat is painted in acrylic.
This cartoon cat is the perfect gift for the grumpasorus who just can’t get started without a cup of coffee. Carved in an 8” maple burl with molding paste used for the cat’s fur; the whiskers are broom bristles.
Carved in a small burl 15” wide by 18” high Teddy has a button nose, eyes that roll underneath bristly eyebrows and a bow that can be removed for washing.
The natural contours of this found wood were used to carve this two-faced wood spirit aptly named Oliver Twisted.
Oliver is 19” high by 6” and is finished with 4 coats of spar varnish for use indoors or out.
The Happy Gnome
Gerlin haunts the forest making mischief betting his gamin grin will bring a smile to the sombre faces of the fine old gents.
Carved in a 26" high x 6"wide x 1" thick piece of bark.
Bug-eyed Bart is made of bark and carved as a lark. He is 16” high x 6” wide with great big green marbles for eyes, a black nose and a red tongue sticking out at passers by
Wood Spirit Morph
This piece of found wood (12” high) lent itself to two completely different characters. One side is a long-faced wood spirit and the other is a stag with an aquamarine chip inset for the eye. Morph often has a startling affect on people who see it for the first time.
artistic expressions in paint, wood and imagination