This is the page where I display and hope to eventually market my arts and crafts. Most recent posts are near the top of the page:
This artwork is a show stopper for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is the first time I've been able to upload a video onto my blog from my new IPhone. If this works, I can use it on my other pages. The "Bird Carousel" was inspired during a Skype conversation I was having a few months ago with my sister. She lived in Kenya at one point and collected wood carvings during her stay. While talking with her I noted a mobile hanging above her head. It was a wood carving of birds on a branch "carousel". I have replicated it in the carving above, but of course my birds look nothing like the birds in her carousel...hers were larger, each one was a different species, and I believe they were also painted. Mine are natural. I didn't even put a stain or a wax on them because I liked the natural wood so much. Interestingly, I don't know what type of wood my birds are carved out of because a fellow carver gave the wood to me and even HE did not know what kind of wood it was. Also, interestingly, I have been searching the local forests for another branch just like the one I found in the video above. When looking for that branch, I found it within minutes. But that was obviously "beginners' luck" because several days of intense searching have turned up no further suitable three-pronged branches. I will have to search further afield, because I want to make more "Bird Carousels'". They are quick to carve and fun to assemble.
As a bonus on this post, I am going to add a photo of the "Bird Carousel" that belongs to my sister and provided the inspiration for my carousel.
UPDATED: I ran into my fellow carver today, the one who gave me the wood for my birds. He says he now remembers what kind of wood it is..."spalted Maple". This is a very valued wood for woodcarver due to its unique grains. So, I'm very pleased I didn't stain or wax it.
Artwork #20- February 6, 2017 "Hand knit Toque and Scarf -
Artwork #19 - June 27, 2016 - "Siberian Santas" mixed medium - painted barkwood carvings hung on 19 1/2" x 16 1/2" oil painting on canvas
Artwork #18 - June 9, 2016 'Greenman Traditional Wood Spirit'
Here is a shot of my Greenman on the Wall of my Solarium, off my Deck. Generally the Greenmen are hung on fences and walls, outdoors, of course
Artwork #17 - June 9, 2016 'Seahorse Seafood Serving Set"I have already posted about the "Seahorse Seafood Serving Dish" (Artwork #14) which is also a wall hanging when flipped over (see photo below) and about the Seahorse Candle (Artwork #12). Well, here's the entire set together...for your edification and enjoyment. I use the candle all the time...the other pieces not so much, although they are on view in my kitchen.
Artwork #16 - February 12, 2016 'Fancy Party Dress" sewn from scratch for a loved one
I started sewing when I was a teenager and made a lot of my own clothes. I also learned to combine sewing with knitting and crocheting. I'm not great at any of the skills....just good enough to get a lot of pleasure from creating an outfit from "scratch" (not using a pattern...just coming up with a design and measuring and following through). I'm very proud to tell relatives that I once crocheted a pant suit (lined) for myself without a pattern. It was in the days of bell bottoms--and the pant legs were suitably flared. I also made my own graduation dress...a concoction of white lace over satin with satin spaghetti straps. It had a lace bolero jacket to match. It was such a success that my girlfriend bought it from me...to wear for HER graduation!
Artwork #15 January 1, 2016 - "Froggy and Oh! Oh!"
....a Children's Storybook
Written, Illustrated and Carved by Greencrow for Eva
Artwork #14 September 7, 2015 - Seahorse Seafood Serving Dish -
Artwork #13 September 6, 2015 - Video of 60's artwork
Video of greencrow's "mini gallery" of 60's artwork. This is a small representation of the artwork I did while I attended art school in the mid-60's. It is comprised of "first and/or very early efforts". The reason it's still together as a "gallery" is because my father had it on display in his home--until his death at 100 in 2013. I received it back and have now put it up on my walls. It's a "journey down memory lane" of old styles and mediums. If I were to go back to doing oils or acrylics (nobody does oils anymore) it would be using an airbrush. I have a complete airbrush kit given to me as a gift, lying around never used, in my studio. As my readers know...I've been doing woodworking for the past year or so. That's my excuse for not trying airbrush...and I'm sticking to it! :)
Artwork #12 - June 12, 2015 - Wooden Seahorse Candlestick Centrepiece (Unfinished)
Artwork #11 - May 14, 2015 - Two Carved "Love Spoons"
Carved "Love Spoons" in wall display. I carved the ones on the left and right over the past three months. The big spoon in the middle is an antique carved wooden spoon picked up in an antique shop in Sweden in 1980. Carved wooden "Love Spoons" as a tradition date back hundreds of years and were carved throughout Europe. Legend has it that when a man wanted to marry a woman he carved a spoon to show her father that he was a good wood craftsman. The spoons take all sorts of forms and styles. Some are simple and some are extremely elaborate. I chose two spoons to carve that represented the two ethnic backgrounds in my family...Swedish and Celtic (Irish). Enjoy!
This sculpture is made out of ciporex (sp?) a kind of blown cement. It was a block all students were given and asked to form a sculpture out of. I decided to emulate Pablo Picasso...who was all the rage at the time. I don't leave these sculptures in my back garden (where they were photographed) due to having three dogs. I know they would like to pee on them as a kind of critical analysis (: 0)
This sculpture was made using a very elaborate process. First I sculpted it in clay..then covered it in plaster of Paris to form a mold (in two halves) and then poured cement into the mold. Then I burnished it with a special brush to make it look like iron. Even though I sculpted it back in 1966...I have always called it "Russian woman" or "Russian peasant woman". Who knew that I would become a Russophile and eventually visit Russia! Again, I do not keep this statue outside, due to my dogs perhaps causing damage to it. It has already been broken once!
Artwork #9 Photos of an urban VanJuly, 1966 11" high by 16" long by 8" widecouver forest on a snowy day in December, 2014
Artwork #8 - March 3, 2015 - Wild cherrywood carving
This is a carving made out of a piece of wild cherrywood I found alongside a pathway near a salmon stream in the urban forest where I walk my dogs. I found the piece of wood on a snowy day last December, 2014 (photos I took that day are shown above on this page). I like carving out of wild wood more than "bought" (processed wood). The wood "speaks" to me more clearly. This piece of wood spoke of an old man, virtually blind from cataracts, who hails from northern europe...perhaps Sweden. (Vänta! is Swedish for "Wait")
Or, perhaps the man came from Siberia. The Swedes settled and populated much of Russia (which is why the Ukraine flag is yellow and blue...Swedish colours). This old man is dying, but wants to go to battle just one more time. That's why he's carrying the cudgel. He is asking his god ("Thor?") not to take him... just yet...."Wait!" It looks like he has blood on his hand... but that's just the natural colours in the wood. There are a lot of colours that came out in the wood, including his nose, which looks like he was a bit of a drinker (: )
Artwork #7 - December 19, 2014
Two Homemade Christmas Gifts
The first one is an Alligator I carved out of yellow cedar at the woodworking class I'm enrolled in. It's 9" x 2". My teacher gave me the alligator template as a challenge. I don't even like alligators.... and wouldn't touch it... until I remembered the children's story about the "Frog and the Alligator". The frog hitchhikes on the alligator's back across the river. The alligator keeps encouraging the frog to move closer to his head for a "better view". Once the frog is sitting on the alligator's nose...SNAP! End of Frog...end of Story. I had bought a miniature glass frog years ago and, in a fit of inspiration, I glued it onto the lid of the hollowed out stomach...a neat place to hide keepsakes! A great gift to give a child....together with the cautionary tale (and of course some money tucked into the alligator's belly).
The second carving is a Gecko/cup also made out of yellow cedar. It is 8" x 3". I had a great time carving this one. I bought a Dremel electric stylus to hollow out the cup...and discovered that I love to Dremel! Of course putting a little largesse and candy in the cup makes it the perfect gift! A Merry Christmas to all my fellow artists out there!!! Keep up the good work!
Artwork #6 - December 1, 2014 Here is a selection of Christmas Crafts I'm currently working on. I am also working on some wood carving gifts..... which I will show in a later post. In case you wonder why I'm not blogging as much : )
Artwork #5 November 7, 2014 Two charcoal sketches of First Nations aborignal youth. I sketched Severn and Jacob on August 10, 1966 while attending a summer school for the arts in Elliot Lake Ontario:
Artwork #4 October 27, 2014 - Hallowe'en Art: More seasonal art---this time Scary Hallowe'en wood carvings.
The two carvings below are recent work I've done as part of the "Fantasy" woodcarving course I'm taking. Fantasy wood carving is quite a niche. Artwork #1 at the very bottom of this page is also part of this series.
I like the idea of art photography. I just don't have the patience or the camera equipment. I'm always taking pictures of nature with the idea of doing acrylic paintings of the photos later on...but, again, never get around to it. Recently, while walking my dogs along the banks of a salmon stream in a local urban forest, I came across a small field of large toadstools. I noticed them because a mother and a young girl about 5 years old were standing looking at them. I began to talk with the pair about the find. It seems the little girl's name was "Alice". I remarked that another "Alice" (in Wonderland) had a run-in with a caterpillar...who was sitting on a toadstool, smoking a hookah. The mother laughed, remembering Disney's unforgettable scene.
Then the mother and I both said in unison: "And the caterpillar said to Alice, 'Whoooooo Are You!????"
This is some artwork that a family member recently found in a drawer where it has lain since 2000. I had a look at it and remembered that I did it with my children on a rainy day when there was nothing else to do. The project was showing them different mediums you could use with art. Having looked at the artwork with "new eyes" ...the pieces stand the test of time. So I framed them with some cheap frames that were on sale at Michael's. Our dear departed Flicka has been hung in our kitchen...above where she regularly sat in her long lifetime (14 years). I'll be giving the two other artworks to a couple expecting their first child.
"Flicka the Family Cat" August, 2000, 12" x 15", Mixed media (oil pastels, coloured pencils, pen, watercolours, crayons)
"Ladybug" August, 2000, Potato Art 10" x 8". (create a stamp design on half of a raw potato and then work around it with pen and watercolours)
August 26, 2014 - Here is my first artistic offering for this page. I had to learn how to upload from "Picasa" not an easy feat...here are three views of a recently completed "fantasy" wood carving. I carved it out of two random pieces of raw cottonwood that had been gathered from the BC forest. I carved the pieces to be hollow and fit together. I carved holes in the wood and then glued glass pieces into the holes. Then I strategically placed battery operated tea lights...so the artwork could be lit up from the inside. Then I gave it away to a friend. He will be happy to see his gift on the Internet: