These are 2 individual pieces using reclaimed wood. I made these, as well as starting on several other pieces, in a mad flurry of creativity after I’d been laid up with flu for over a week and couldn’t stand being so dormant anymore! 🤒😁
Although neither started out with any plan in mind, I wanted to work with certain colours and so the feel of dawn and dusk became apparent to me as I painted. I’d recently taken a photo in the early morning which tied all the colours together.
Dawn: a book I’d read late last year had a female character who loved to roam barefoot in her garden as dawn broke. Generally I’m not an early bird myself (not keen on worms…) but when I have managed to wander in the garden at this hour it’s true there is a magical hush, broken only by the clear tweets and twirbles of the dawn chorus ringing around the silent space. The quote featured over both sides reads:
We went down into the silent garden… Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence.
I’ve given this as a prezzie to my gorgeous friend who I know feels the same way as I do about gardens and birdsong so will enjoy it. I love making small wooden pieces like this to put in my garden. This one is made using acrylic paints and posca pens, and finished with a few coats of wax, which as these are not totally weather proof will distress and fade beautifully over time. Find a secret corner where it will be slightly protected and overgrown but visible enough to give you pleasure and it will last a few years.
Dusk: this piece of wood, as you can see from the shape, was originally part of a picket fence from my Mum & Dad’s garden. I really enjoy working with old wooden garden fences. At first glance they’re so tired looking after their years of service out in all weathers protecting our beloved gardens. But when you start sanding them, shedding off the outer damaged layer, they’re so soft and interesting underneath. Because there’s often flaky or damp wood to sand away, you’re left with a fresh undulating surface to work on. Paint and inks sit nicely on it and it’s thrilling to wax it and bring it back to life as a new beautiful piece. The wax really highlights the grain and original nail holes which I feel give each piece of wood its own personality.
I have lots of wood in my stash which looks ready for the skip, but I know is full of secret treasures waiting to be unveiled. How exciting! 👩🎨
I found a quote online by Colin Fletcher for the back which seemed apt for the design:
Details of the many walks I made along the crest have blurred, now, into a pleasing tapestry of grass and space and sunlight.
There’s nothing finer than painting with inspiring colours and remembering the actual thing! Red sky at night… artist’s delight 😉
This piece is available to buy from my Etsy shop if you fancy your own original red dusky sky!