This piece was created for a #BurntMarch 2021 prompt: Balance. The yin-yang symbol represents a concept of dualism in which opposite attributes are understood to compliment, and even emanate from, each other. The brightness of the yang is lost if there is no yin to contrast against it. Neither is full without the other.
The yin here is created with a technique called stippling. For this, the woodburner is used at its highest setting when the metal tip glows brightly with heat. Yet, it produces the darkest burn on the wood. In contrast, the yang is created with colorshift glitter-infused watercolors. The multitude of colors that sparkle in shifting light could not have existed without this colorless element, water. So often the joy of life is balanced with sorrow, but could either exist fully without the other?
- This basswood piece is ~5.5 X 5".
- Sawtooth hanger installed on the back for quick hanging.
- Sealed with acrylic lacquer.
- Do not place in direct sunlight, as this causes the woodburning to fade.