Original pyrography framed wall art of the neolithic Ring of Brodgar, Orkney.
This pyrograph measures 570x230mm including the frame.
This artwork took me 27 hours to complete. Drawn from a photograph I took while visiting the Orkney Isles autumn 2014, this pyrograph is the first one in which I have used any colour, aside from the natural colour of the wood. It's just a subtle use of white to emphasise the water of Loch of Harray in the background.
I love the texture of the standing stones, that each is different to its' neighbours, and I feel I have captured the sense of ancient prehistory one feels at this neolithic site.
Believed the earliest example of stone circles in the U.K., the Ring of Brodgar pre-dates the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire by over a thousand years, and archeologists believe the practice of building stone circles originated on Orkney and spread south. It is also thought that each stone was brought to the site by the people of different villages around Orkney - certainly each was quarried from a separate site on the Isles. While the original purpose of these fascinating places will forever remain a mystery, one still feels a real connection to the ancient people who built them.
All pyrographs should be kept out of direct sunlight, as the sun will bleach the wood.
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