Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
transition from blue green at the base to a lime green at the center,
meanwhile the white veins break up each leaf with various intensity.
The center leaves form a series of nested cups.
Monday, January 25, 2010
paddling flock of Canadian geese--they kept in formation, but because
they turned their heads or bodies slighty and slowly, the the outline
of their flock changed dynamically. But what really caught my eye was
the texture of the water with its gentle overall ripple pattern.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
be prepared to see the plants dormant, pruned back, leaf-less and
flower-less. Yet there are always surprises. The cactus section of
Austin's Botanical Garden was beautiful in all it's prickliness.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
hard brown pods hanging from it reminded me of garlic bulbs. However,
inside, tucked in individual compartments, there were hard redish-
brown berries. I liked the way the pods were split open to hint at
their conents and the way the pods formed a cluster.
Friday, January 22, 2010
planting space. I found this yuca in front of a condo building. While
it is an interesting, puff ball shape when it is static, the wind
separates the leaves and the plant takes on completely different
shapes. It reminds me of how temporal art can be.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
swarming Grackles. It was an incredible show. They landed enmasse in
trees and on buildings and electrical wires, spaced apart one bird
width, creating a sort of animated string of pearls.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
planted in the ground. Palms look so different from other trees. All
the branches (fronds) are attached at the top of the trunk rather than
along the sides. To me, palms seem to think outside the box of what a
tree needs to look like.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It reminded me of a successful installation--a variety of interesting
forms and textures arranged into an environment. I found the
combination of colors, textures, and structures very inspirational.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
installation and am trying to figure out how to finish off the tops
where they have been "cut." The age rings of this stump are a lot more
subtle than I would have imagined. I like the way the barely visible bark contrasts to the almost clean cut.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
fascinates me here is that the plant looks like it had pink ink
dropped on it. Note how the pink fades into the green at the margins.
Looking at this I'm tempted to use ink in my work.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
it's challenges--when I create a sculpture I often spend a lot of time
figuring out how to get it to support itself. Cattails, which are top
heavy, are supported by their unseen roots, so some engineering would
have to be figured out in a version I'd make.
Monday, January 11, 2010
cultivate, harvest, and eat. I recently bought brussels sprouts on the
stalk and kept them on the kitchen counter for a few days. I enjoyed
looking at the tightly layered sprouts and how they were attached to
the stem in a spiral pattern, and marveled that the overall form
looked like an odd bumpy bat. I'd love to make a sculpture that
captures the essence this stalk.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
sculpture. Land Art is tempting, especially when you come across human
made landscapes that have been repurposed and reshaped. But somehow
this intriguging moonscape seems so wasteful. This former mine is now
a Scottish links golf course.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
closely observing the area where trees connect with the earth. I've
been pleasantly surprise by the visibility and invisibility of root
structures. Here, in this example, the root forms create their own
mountainous landscape, but I've also seen trees with very regular
cylintrical trunks that penetrate the ground like a light pole, not
revealing any sort of hint of roots. I'm trying to decide how I'll
handle this aspect of my sculptures so that they'll be recognizeable
as tree trunks.
Friday, January 8, 2010
that Maya Lin created at Bowling Green State University; huge bushes
on a grass slope were trimmed to look like big bocci balls. In this
planting bed I like the repitition of color, slightly irregular
placement, and the tight but rough shorn shapes.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
installation, "Cover"; I found this moss covered specimen on the PLU
campus. While the orange, yellow, and green provide nice highlights,
the smooth versus rough bark makes the overall texture especially
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Asawa. The forms they create really resonate with me; elegant,
contemplative, and somehow familiar. I would love to be able to
capture the essence of this cactus (seen at Volunteer Park
conservatory) in a sculpture. Ruth Asawa's tied wire and crocheted
wire sculptues capture similar forms, see http://www.ruthasawa.com/tiedwire_gallery.html
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
one made me reflect on my art-making. While I use botanical forms as my inspiration I usually don't try to make exact replicas of them--when I've tried to do that my versions have looked ridiculously fake. And yet here is a real plant that looks fake. It's as if someone decided to paint the branch and leaf structure of one type of plant on to another. Inspirational but not replicate-able.
Monday, January 4, 2010
across a giant severed branch cordoned off with "caution" tape. I was
struck by the multilayered scar left on the tree, long and shallow,
smooth and jagged. A fantastic relief/sculpture.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
collection. I love how primordial this pod looks--the stem reminds me
of a palm tree while the top part is oversized and somewhat fuzzy.
The very different textures add to the mystery of this form.