Let’s forget about the time gap from our last blog post until now. And let’s pretend that I’ve kept up on the writing and have just forgotten to post it. And now let’s all laugh really hard at that because we all know that didn’t happen. HOWEVER, there has been so much going on the last few weeks, that if I don’t start sharing regularly, I’m going to explode.
Finding a good place to begin didn’t take long. I figured I’d start with something jaw-dropping that hopefully gets as much of your attention as it got of mine and we have a local artist to thank for it. ‘So, what’s his name?’ you might ask. ‘I can’t tell you,’ would be my answer. And not because I want to be sneaky – it’s because I really don’t know.
So, consider this my official introduction between you and ‘Crooked Mountain Arts.’ The art is delivered by a friend and the commission checks are to be picked up the same way. The artist, from what I understand, is little bit of a hermit and rather afraid of society. As odd as you may find that tidbit of info, I think it adds to the intrigue of the art. I find myself focusing more on the details of each piece rather than the details of the artist. It’s amazing, actually, to realize how much I actually focus on the artist. How many pieces have passed by my eyes in all these years that I didn’t fully see because I was distracted by wanting to understand who made it? What I’m trying to say, I suppose, is that I admire the heck out of this artist and their anonymous journey.
Now, a little about the work itself – or at least as much as I know about it. The artist, being a resident of our beautiful mountains, enjoys time outside but near home. During those adventures, they seem to find chunks of tree roots that they see something in that no one else does. Bringing them back to the house, they begin what could be a multiple week (if not month) long process using a flat-head screw driver and a mallet. Once the carvings are completed, the painting begins. And if the detail of the carvings are at all inspirational to you, then the detail in the painting and the choices of eye-popping colors will definitely NOT disappoint you.
Believe it or not – now you know just as much about this art and the artist as I do. Except for what the art looks like – so here it is! Please believe me when I say that my pictures don’t do this work justice. If you are at all able, please stop by the shop and take a look at these beauties. Feel free to fall in love and take one home with you, too! We just want to do our part to help artists like this afford to keep creating.