Thursday, January 18, 2018

Latest efforts



I know I haven't posted much lately so thought I would share these four images as these are the latest carvings I have completed. The first two were special order carvings and the last two were just because. The fist image is a relief carving carved on a corner piece of butternut and the other three are in the round carvings. Of the three, the second image was carved from a 1" piece of bass wood and the other two were carved from a 1 1/2" piece of bass wood.


Also for those interested to an insight of my painting process please visit my Cartoons2Carvings fb page where I have posted two videos on painting the ear of corn carving. Due to size constraints I am unable to post it here.


as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Sunday, January 14, 2018

where inspiration comes from


So inspired to do another after a note from the young lady who bought my other ear of corn baseball fan. She bought it for her brother-n-law who every year plays on the field from the movie "Field of Dreams" which is what inspired this design. That just moved me and before you know it I was carving this one.




as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Saturday, January 6, 2018

old design new style


I recently had a request to carve a previous design, my biker Santa ornament. This is how the new one came out, the left side is before paint and the right side is after paint and finish.

I have been modifying the way I paint and have painted a more watered down color both on bass wood and butternut wood. The thing you have to keep in mind is that when you water down a color it also tends to lighten up some so at times I had to add a dark brown or black to maintain a rich yet transparent color to highlight the grain of the wood. I am happy with the direction my painting efforts have taken me lately and will continue to experiment with the colors for future carvings.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

the last will be first


So here is the last carving of 2017 and here is the first carving painted and completed in 2018.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year.






as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Thursday, December 28, 2017

finishing out the year

Christmas has come and gone for another year, all the excitement and anticipation is now over and everyone is now focused on the upcoming new year. But before the year ended I got some carving time in and carved these two solely based on the idea of twisting the cap, because for me all it takes is a small idea to get me started. Once the cap was carved I then proceeded to detail the beard.

Many have commented about the way I carve the mustache and the beard of my characters, some have even challenged me to carve a curlier beard and so for these two I did. The first one I gave it just a bit more curl but nothing to extreme. Then for the second one I pondered the idea of not only putting the curl in the cap but also in the beard and so I did just that. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the overall response to both carvings once they were painted and the finish was applied.

I hope those of you who frequent my blog enjoy the newest carvings and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration. May I be the first to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year.


 as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"