I've never been a fan of mixing natural timber intarsia and paint. I always though the paint distracted from the natural timber colours. Best avoided.
Until now. Pat recently sent me his version of my Backyard Contemplation project.
Pat wrote, "I thought I would send you my version of the old man on the dunny. Stuck a bit of art and humour in there. The grandkids like it.!!!!"
Here it is in all it's glory.
I think this is just wonderful. Pat's even added a speech bubble for the chicken. (In Australia we call them "chooks"). The hen may be wary of the snakes but the elderly gentleman doesn't seem overly concerned.
The naive style of painting sets the woodwork off beautifully and doesn't detract from the overall look and feel. In fact, it enhances the piece. In my humble opinion.
And if you're wondering why I've been against using paint for all these years, look below.
I was given this about 10 years ago and never really liked it. The woodworker thought I should add it as one of my plans for sale. I wasn't tempted. It's been hanging on the wall in a dusty corner of the workshop since then, completely ignored. When Pat sent me his image I dusted this one off and took a picture.
To be fair to the maker it's been very accurately cut out and the paint has been applied well. But it still doesn't really do anything for me. Sorry.
Thanks goodness for the Pats of this world.