Window Sillies by Will Wilkoff
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Dimensions: Approx. 6” x 4”
Medium: Carved basswood, painted with acrylic on cherry base
There are 4 pieces. Two were created as a pair.
Artist Information: Although I was an art history major in college I had no former training in studio art past the introductory course. I have been carving birds off and on since I was a pre-teen with gaps of one or two decades. About ten years ago I decided to try two dimensional painting and enjoyed the challenge of creating marine-themed acrylics on wood panel. I have lost that muse, but hope it returns soon. But I have fallen back into my lifelong comfort zone of carving. While I try my hand at realistic birds that can be a bit stressful, I have begun making these little whimsies out of the scraps from the realistic birds when I need a break. They are sized to fit on window sills or mantles hence the name. My challenge now is that to create the odd shaped scraps for the window sillies I need to do more realistic birds. Doing a whimsy out of a squared off block of wood takes all the fun out of it.
Note: These carvings handle sunlight well. They can be cleaned off with a moist cloth and they come with lifetime (mine) free repair policy. Don’t be embarrassed if one breaks. I enjoy the challenge of the repair almost as much as doing the original.