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Project by Patricelejeune posted 02-25-2013 09:47 PM 1355 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the pursuit of mastering the fusion technique I did this portrait of my niece Gaëtane.

A mix of fusion and piece by piece, cut in 4.

I started from a picture

Chose the woods

And started from the center out. I did not care much about accuracy on that project, I chose to use a temperamental fast cutting to express the energy in the child.

I used a new idea of preparing pre-fusioned pack, piece of veneer in to layers already scrape and sanded through almost to the intended final result. i used those for the hair

Then I added backgrounds and dress. i had 2 bubinga and 2 dyed black maple backgrounds

Then i added some more fusion with curly yellow wood for the hair, a new piece by piece layer of red and purple veneer for the dress and couple touch up on the face.

Final result

Presented at the Design in Wood show in 2009 it did not meet the judges understanding and or appreciation.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 10:01 PM

That’s extraordinary. Those judges are nuts.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 10:38 PM

What a great piece. She looks like a sweet kid.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 10:45 PM

Really cool, artistic looking for sure.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 11:27 PM

Formidable, monsieur.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 12:31 AM

Une tres belle photo qui est devenue une belle creation. bravo Patrice keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:05 AM

That is just fantastic.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 04:35 AM

Amazing, I would love to attempt something like this! How did you learn these techniques?

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 04:45 AM

Brian’s correct.
If not nuts, they don’t appreciate the work of a talented artist.
Absolutely superb!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 05:44 AM

Holy Cow Patrice, I think this is my favorite so far!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 09:21 AM

Incredible work. Dumb judges.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 09:55 AM

What do judges know. I think it is a lovely piece.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 02:07 PM

judge not or you will be judged. Truly artful

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 02:20 PM

That is a remarkable technique. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 06:47 PM

Very impressive work.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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