Wood Art Engravings of Lithuania

Susan Sheldon's Photograph of a wood horse

One of the things that I love about travelling is discovery. I was in Eastern Europe and in Lithuania. You just can’t help notice all the marvellous wood art. Lithuania was once covered in vast forests. The life living with trees created a bond with the people and the woods. Traditionally it’s said, you cannot cut down a tree unless it is in the dormant period of cold winter. Not even the King was allowed or would dare to chop down a tree in the wrong time of year!  The art of using wood for decorating homes, churches is prevalent here and luckily it’s not a thing of the past. It is a living art.  This horse was perched on a hill. I’m not sure what the steps are leading up to his back, as the wood looks aged with weather. They could just be for maintenance. He’s a lovely large chap.

Then above the reservation area in a restaurant, an old woman sits with her spinning wheel. The waiter said, his grandmother looked just like that.

Susan sheldon nolen's spinning woman

 

One of my favourites was the cheeky owl perched in the shadows above the door entrance.

Photo of owl made out of wood in Lithuania

Then in front of a block of post Soviet flats stood this collection of Carved Roosters.  I love how the art was everywhere, above a door, in the forecourt of flats, up on a hill in front of ruined cars, it almost was a magical metamorphosis of the trees, still standing in spirit, yet transformed.

roostersshs

 

 

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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One Response to Wood Art Engravings of Lithuania

  1. yprior1 says:

    wood art can be so diverse and the ones here have that cultural feel too – and interesting to learn about the season thing…

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