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Herons In Flight
Painting - Shadowbox Woodsculpture
The shadowbox is a hanging artform that has a bulky appearance which make it seem quite heavy. In some cases,especially with vintage pieces, I can attest to the weight. But with my contemporary works, these are fashioned to be light.
The box, itself, is made of plywood base and is light in comparison to other solid woods. The water effect that I use is a soft wood called poplar which is light and the features within are carved in pine. The frame and glass are the most heaviest components of the entire piece, so this can be hung as a painting.
The work, itself, appears as a painting if viewing from a distance. But because of the positioning of the subjects, it becomes two-dimensional and the natural or artificial light now create distinct shadows from the idle images. These images are not attached to the background which derives the terminology, re: shadowbox.
The depth can be anywhere from one to five inches. I choose the latter of five inches because I can bring out expressive and effective elements not seen in today's maritime -making these pieces and its contents, timeless and one-of-a-kind.
This scene depict a couple enjoying an outing on the St. Lawrence River at the border of the United States and Canada. The focus for the viewer are the Herons that are in flight above them. In the distance, sailing by are two St. Lawrence skiffs. The background scenery is handpainted with acrylics and the water is worked with oil-base enamels.
March 7th, 2012
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