These are some of the oils Daniel Barkley have created, fantastic light effect and mundane scenes depicting the human in a ghostly mythical way. It draws you in and keeps you staring at it all. Would love to own one. http://danielbarkley.com/index.php?section=2
How often someone deviates from mainstream standards when it comes to the cake toppers? I don't know, but I was taken by the request to design such toppers inspired by a particular Caribbean bird species, the bananaquit. I started with sketches and shared them with the bride to be, just to be sure we shared the same vision... Update: 15 May 2017 the cake toppers now finished and in the future couple's hands, actually they were picked up on March 31...
Then, after we settled the conditions, I embarked in this new adventure...challenge...these two birds required very long anchoring prongs which needed to be strong and concealed...the challenging part.
Lots to Do...
The Art Studio
For quite a while now I've been working to restore an old (1870's) doctor's office which stand next to the old Colonial home he had built for his family, our presently renovated home. It's a good size building with a simple old times charm and original materials that are in great shape, which makes for a less costly undertaking. I began by leveling the structure, removing all the wood siding and insulating the walls from the outside, then replacing and adding additional windows to allow for more light to reach into the interior and to help with ventilation. A wall towards the back (the doc's office) was removed and the wide horizontally configured planks preserved for future reuse. Most of the work has been done with only the tedious trim painting and new roofing.
I have been "mentally sketching" out the general details for another Cardinal woodcarving job, basically, a pair perching close together, attentive to their surroundings. Not yet settled on any solid idea. Also awaiting completion is the sitting Eagle and more recently, the prospects of another Chickadee Nestbox composition. So it's time to get busy with these, before my workshop gets too cold to hold carving tools on my hands. Will post the sketches at a later time as well as updates of work in progress. 1/31/2017 update....unbelievable almost two years since I posted about the Cardinals...which aren't yet completed...why? Too busy with other bigger$$$ projects and life...living life.
I did work on another Chickadee Nestbox, actually, I completed two, one went off to California...the other one I kept.