Saturday, 12 May 2012

Back to the wood

Back in February I posted this image of a drawing made on wood, ecologically sourced from Westonbirt Arboretum:


At the time I mentioned that I wasn't quite finished with this image, here's what happened next...


I painted over some of the image, a scary process, my heart was in my mouth...
Here is a detail of just how unpromising it looked


Then I took the panel along to the sand blaster, and blasted it ...gently! A little overdrawing after I got the panel back home and the addition of some linear elements showing the shape of the land and this is what I now have...



There is light and shade texture and distance. Some of the tones are more subtle and the shadows are more interesting, I'm not particularly adventurous when it comes to trying different techniques but a little courage went a long way on this one, a good lesson to learn.

3 comments:

Sue Brown said...

Isn't the sand blaster fantastic!! It puts a different dimension into work and has really worked here. Once the sandblaster is experienced it is hard not to become addicted...I know I am!

Printed Material said...

Wendy, I have no idea when you'd use a sand blaster and I'd better not be shown... but the effect here is stunning. There is such depth to that image and I think this is wonderful. This obviously took a leap of faith to do but the results are tremendous.

Elizabeth Banfield said...

This is a beautiful piece, thanks for showing us the processes. Congratulations.