Wednesday, July 1, 2009
"Alane upon the field she stood,
The Tattie-Bogle, tall an' prood.
But certie, she wis smairt an' braw,
A bonnie lass, tho' made o' straw...."
And so begins the old Scottish poem about the singing Tattie Bogle (Scarecrow), who was at first nice to the birds but soon learned to screech them away from the farmer's fields.
I had a lot of fun creating this Autumn-inspired Tattie Scarecrow. He's made of overlapping pieces of cut wood, and handpainted with many layers of acrylics. It was befitting that a proper tartan bowtie adorn his collar, with a small patch of it on his hat, whereupon two sassy crows perch. Genuine straw makes Tattie's hair and eyebrows.
My own straw hat off to Sister Bag, Jeannine, for helping me with the finer details of tole painting! She's the expert in this field. Tattie was my first venture in this style, and I look forward to creating many more folk-art pieces in the days and years to come.
Interested in adding Tattie Bogle to your collection? Please visit By Way of Salem for information!