Thursday, August 3, 2017

More Paintings on Reclaimed Wood

Here are more paintings on reclaimed wood I've completed. I'm quite smitten with my owl. He's painted on walnut and is about 3 1/2 feet tall. It's not easy to distinguish the tree trunk from the dark middle grain of the walnut. That's something I can't predict till brushing the polycrylic coating. Then it's too late to lighten the color of the tree trunk.

Here's a bouquet of flowers in a glass vase. This piece took the longest because I must wait for each color and section to dry before going on with the next color. Next I wait again to add shading and darker colors. Initially I paint the background, then the middle ground, then the foreground. With painting I need to think in reverse, building successive layers. I'm learning as I go along.

It's not too early to think of snowmen, is it? When I put the polyacrylic on the snowman some of the white turned a little yellow. No it's not yellow snow, Ha! I think there may be some bleed of the tannin in the wood? Not sure what happened. All part of the rustic nature of these pieces. The snowman is about the same height as the owl.

Gary said this horse looks like a quarter horse. What do I know?

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse, of course,
That is, of course, unless the horse, is the famous Mister Ed

You can see the horse is about ready to say something, can't you? 

I've pre-drilled the holes, but I still need to add the rope hangers. The sisal rope tends to fray on the ends I'm trying to think of what to put on the end, perhaps a little wood glue. One more day and it's the Trash to Treasures sale. Hopefully folks will consider these treasures. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Love the owl. Too many owls would be barely enough. I hope that your new line goes well at the sale.

  2. Hi Sue, thanks ever so much.

  3. They are so much fun....frivolous and happy. :)

  4. Hi Lee, thanks hopefully folks can't do without them.


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