Some wooden folk from a show called Utopia/Dystopia: The Shadow and the Light at the Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, OR.
This is what the pieces look like before I paint them. I use basswood (or poplar). I pencil my design on the wood, then cut it out on my bandsaw. It then gets primed, painted with acrylic, and sealed with a clear coat. It's a long process, but every step is rather fun.
Working on the Bearded Men
I've just about finished the wooden piece, "For the Love of Beards" in this photo. The men are as follows: A Lumberjack, Odin, Chewbacca, a Gnome, Rasputin, and a Sea Pappy.
Working on the Bearded MenProcess
Painting under close supervision
My cat Underdog will not let me alone until she is within paw's length of me while I am painting. It's weird, but that's how it is. I call it the path of least resistance. It's futile. A space cleared off for a pillow is a small price to pay for peace and quiet.
Painting under close supervisionProcess
Painting with Underdog
Here Underdog has had a long day of meowing, eating, drinking water and sleeping. The solution is more sleeping.
Painting with UnderdogProcess
My most recent configuration of the studio. It's a colorful mess, but it is functional. On my table you will see wooden folk, masks, a Matryoshka doll (or nesting doll) all ready to be painted. It's good to be busy!