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.
Well, I had lots of materials salvaged from a couple of old structures and these materials were taking too much space inside my woodcarving shop and wood storage shed, so instead of crying about it, I set off to build me a chicken coop and garden shed combo. The footprint is exactly 5' wide x 16' long x 10' to ridge. The windows were also salvaged from a sunroom someone upgraded, they are crafted from white cedar, nice! I set them up on pivots, so no frames required, just swing out and fresh air blows throughout the room, nice.
The Rooster that Won't Crow
So yeah, every chicken coop should be ruled by a loud beaked rooster, but in this case the Rooster will be a silent sentinel mounted atop a prominently display beam. The one I set here in the photo is not the final one, just a test. I still have a lot of interior work to do and some exterior detailing and painting before Winter's arrival. Hopefully I will be able to get it all done and have it ready …