When my son and daughter-in-law announced that they had found a home in the country, I began to think of a unique housewarming gift that I might offer them.
Coincidentally, my youngest son is heavily into recycling and had lots of old weathered grey wood planks used for fencing on his farm. As I looked at the reclaimed wood, I wondered if I could paint on them. I had found a new challenge!
I carefully selected six planks that did not have too many deep cracks and brought them home. My son tried to convince me that the deep cracks would not be a problem as they would make the art more rustic. Still, I wanted to play it safe, at least initially.
The idea I had was to paint a protectress for the new home. I sketched my idea on paper and was fairly true to the original drawing I had in mind. She is shown holding the actual home they bought (collage), and at the bottom of her dress, I have mountains and valleys to represent their rural area, and trees, also collaged.
Reclaimed wood art. Acrylic ink and collage.
I had another helper, my granddaughter, base coat the wood before I added the details. I found out that I liked working on a rough surface.
Surprises emerged as I continued to paint. For example, there is a tiny knot in the shape of a heart that I noticed on her chest. (If you look closely, you can see it in the above photo). I decided to leave it hidden but it is visible when the light hits that area in a certain way. I wonder if others will notice it.
Here is the finished version with twine and a dried reed heart. I added little roses to the heart.
Since completing this reclaimed wood project, I have gone on to paint others and I am looking for more wood to keep me busy over (dare I say the word?) winter.