In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Greenmen and the shed

We have another greenman, from one of the old tin ceilings around town--lots of people don't see the foliate face, but he's right there in the middle, speaking green words with leaves.

The greenman has been around for centuries--you find him in churches and cathedrals all over Europe, as well as in gardens and public buildings there, in Asia, and in America. He gets around--but no one knows the origin.

We'll probably put him right below this window...I'd originally thought to use him as is, but he's pretty light colored and wants to compete with the window, making it look smaller.

I painted the original one I had, and glazed it with a darker brown. Thinking that's what would work best on the shed, too...he needs to be subtle...


  1. I would have missed the greenman head in the center. Never heard of them. I really like the one you glazed with the darker brown. That will look really nice and blend/match better with the shed. :)

  2. Pretty cool, eh? I've been collecting, sculpting, and painting greenmen for 15 years or so...and yes, I think that will be more harmonious...

  3. I think the darker color will be nice. He should be there but not intruding. It seems the sort of thing people should be a little surprised to come across, a bit of whimsy that isn't in your face.

  4. Exactly! A hint of mystery, not a shout.



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