Carving wall panels is a relatively new direction for me...it more than makes up for not painting these days. In concentrated periods this artwork has added something different and special to possibilities of the wooden surface. Wood skills and picture making combine.
There comes a moment when all lines are sanded away and its one smooth rippled surface. Only then are the lines of grain clearly visible. Different woods and finishing treatments effect the clarity of the grain. Raw elm has a lovely soft look and feel... oak has an open harder grain, more receptive to the effects of lime wax. Modelled by interior or natural light, the emphasis gradually changes with the passing time of day.