Hello again, all. I’ve finished up a recent collection of backwoods ruffians that have set out to make some noise, and I couldn’t be happier with how they came together.
Firstly, the ringleader and in order of appearance, Fiddle Fox:
“With an itch to craft a new sound in the Backwoods of his homeland, Fiddle Fox called on his fellow laddies to come on over and boot-scuff his floors as they tapped and strummed and played into the night.”
Then, his second-hand man, Banjo Goose:
“Known for the fastest feathers in the backwoods, the Band Laddies could think of no one better to pluck the perfect tune for their assorted group of music makers.”
Next came Tambourine Otter:
“Who better– the Band Laddies thought– at patting his tambourine (and sharing happy antics) than the jester of Backwoods himself, little Otter?”
Then, Accordion Badger:
“Only occasionally grumpy, the Band Laddies knew a better sound could be made by none other in Backwoods than Badger and his father’s old squeezebox.”
And finally, the last member to arrive, Mandolin Hare:
“The Band Laddies were all quite aware that a mandolin sang best when strummed by Backwoods Hare, who also had a knack for being the first to hear an out-of-tune instrument and setting it straight again.”
These original pieces were done in various sizes: 5×10, 5×7, 5×5 and 4×6 on printmaking paper (some with a deckle edge, which I love). I used graphite and watercolor to complete each one and set them in dark frames. They are all currently available for sale inside my shop.