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Monday, September 20, 2010

What I've Done

These are past projects that I gave away as gifts. 

I was inspired to do this plaque shortly after the death of my beloved Brother John Pruitt.  It has a comforting message for the family, who watched him suffer with cancer. 
I received the inspiration for the picture from Del Parson's The Good Shepherd  and added my own person touches to the position of the lamb's head and other minor details.  I don't believe I will ever use crayon wax on this plaque as I did here.  At the time, it was all that I had.  Hopefully, I will have the finances in the future to invest in better mediums for coloring such a plaque.  In my opinion it's quite an appealing layout.

The next project came lined up specifically for my dearest little cousin Rebekah Anne.  It's a stool that I hope she'll be able to use in the near future. 
Although the closeup of sheep may not appeal to some, I felt that I needed this closeup to draw attention to the stool from a standing height.  (Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the stool varnished and sealed.  It was very beautiful completed.)  I learned from this project that ordinary glue does not fill in staple holes.  In the future I will try woodfiller or even epoxy, if I don't have to burn over the holes.  In the picture you can't see the glue very well, - I just hope it won't discolor anytime soon.  I hope to be able to try to mother lamb licking the baby as they lay together in straw.  I like each piece I do to be different in some way.
 Then, at my mother's request, I decorated the edge of the stool with ivy, and the legs with ...educational taste.  Mother usually has good taste. 

Both of these gifts have a good home now; but in the future I hope to reproduce them and make them even better.  I've learned a lot from these two pieces.
This last one was a birthday gift for my father.  The Eagle side took me approximately 22 hours, and the deer, about 18 hours.  I consider the Eagle to be my greatest burning ever. 
He looks much finer in person than he does in any picture.  Because each stroke was pressed in a certain direction, the flash makes some of the burns appear darker or less dark than they really are. 
The deer took less time to create.  I was brave enough to add background to the picture, giving it some dimension and depth.  I doubt a lapdesk could be worth very much, even with two whole solar days of artwork bruned on it, but it was definately a start for me, and ...valuable experiance. 

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