Original 11"x14.5" Pyrography of a Cardinal Woodpecker on a oval slab of Basswood.
"The artwork depicted is a pyrography piece, a technique where the artist uses a heated instrument to burn a design into the surface. This piece is created on a cross-section of a tree or wood slab, with its natural, rounded edges and bark still intact, enhancing its rustic appeal.
The subject of the art is a highly detailed rendering of a woodpecker, perched on the side of a tree. The bird’s feathers are intricately etched showing various patterns and textures, suggesting the artist's attention to detail. The tree bark within the image is also finely worked, with cracks and textures that evoke a realistic portrayal.
The shading achieved through the burning technique gives the image depth and dimension, with the bird appearing lifelike against the background. The use of a single color, the natural burnt umber of the wood-burning, necessitates a reliance on the contrast between the lighter unburnt wood and the darker burnt areas to define the forms.
The organic form of the wood slab on which the image is burnt adds to the thematic coherence of the piece, linking the material to the depicted woodpecker's natural habitat. Overall, the artwork conveys a strong sense of naturalism and rustic beauty."
Finished with clear coats of varnish to protect it from UV light.