This past month I've been getting ready for the Scituate Art Festival that will take place on Columbus Day weekend, October 6, 7 and 8. This will be my fourth year there. Every year I try to step it up a notch by adding new and different pieces. This year I've decided to add a little more color to my work. This is a wood burning of Rome, 11x14 on birch. I collaged the sky with squares cut out of magazines, then painted over it to get a textured background. I really like how it contrasts with the natural wood.
I use woodburning to create permanent impressions using heat to scar the wood’s surface. Just like in life, some scars tell stories of memorable childhood experiences while others are deeper and far more painful. Good or bad, no matter the degree, they all leave a mark. Woodburning creates a permanent visual impression like a memory leaves a psychological one. No other medium can match the range of emotion of up to 900 degree heat and the resulting smoke from prolonged contact between the heated metal and the wooden canvas. Even the lightest touch can turn into something more than intended.
Wouldn't it be nice to forget all of our painful memories and scars, and dream of a time and place where things are simple and beautiful? Such is the inspiration for my work. My old family photographs show moments when people appeared happy with the simple things in life, like a beautiful garden or smoking a pipe on the porch; being on a farm, or daydreaming on a tree swing. Blissful happiness…or are they disguising their own deep secrets?
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