This blog shows the folkart I make, my reproduction furniture and other projects. My studio/shop is in my backyard. It's a couple of miles off the main road in West Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. When you come to visit make sure you see – the "Olde Times" Garden House Museum; Grandma's Attic; the Furniture Box; Grampa's Loft (antiques, old doors, etc. in my Dad’s old barn loft); and my World's Largest Egg Beater, certified by Guinness World Records.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carousel - Part 1

     I've been working on this carousel for the past week.  Every winter I do a big art project - this is the one for Winter 2015.  I'm starting to paint the animals now.  I had to do some thinking on this one and how to come up with how it was going to turn the carousel horse's as they go up and down and not go sideways as they go around.  I think I have it worked out.
     Here's photos of the process so far.  I will post two more after this.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Island Gothic

     I got this old barn board frame from a good neighbour down the road from me and framed my most recent piece "Island Gothic" - I thought it would look good in it.  This piece is three dimensional as you see in the photos below.
     The piece is made from wood.  The ladies brooch is an old button and the fork is made from an old garden rake and wood dowel.  It measures 28" wide by 38"high.
     I modeled my piece after the original "American Gothic" painting by Iowa, USA born artist Grant Wood in 1930 - the original painting hangs in The Art Institute of Chicago.   Mr. Wood asked his dentist and sister to pose as the farmer and unmarried daughter.  This is the most famous painting in American history.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cat and the Fiddle

     I've been working on this nursery rhyme - the Cat and the Fiddle this week.  It's made from eastern white pine. I used a fork for the cow's tail.   It's measures 33" wide by 22" high.