Archive for the ‘Observations’ Category

Agave

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Agave

Agave has narrowed in width and has more of a tilt.


Poinsettia Leaf

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Gorgeous Colors

Poinsettia Leaf


Happy New Year 2016

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Our tradition continues–January 1st, visit the beach.

2016 Happy New Year

Early this morning it was 35º. When you live on the California Central Coast it is common to dress in layers. Today I added a couple of additional layers thinking it would be cold. It wasn’t. It was a warm and gorgeous day.

Today low tide was at 10:00-ish, but not exactly low tide. It was about 2 feet. The dark curved area in the upper portion of the photo is actually a great area for exploring tide pools. Today totally covered with water.

Low tide

And part of the New Year tradition is to search for holey rocks. I do not believe that they are a source of good luck, but nature-made holes are very cool. In the past I have used rocks with holes in my work.

Holey Rocks


Glycerin Test Results

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I removed the plant parts from the water and glycerin solution after 4 hours.

Test Water Glycerin

The next morning after they dried, I noticed they were definitely more pliable.

Test Water Glycerin Bend

Not easy taking a photo with an iPad of your own hand while holding something.

I removed a test from the denatured alcohol and glycerin solution after 16 hours. It was inflexible and snapped.

Test Alcohol Glycerin

I suspect the alcohol solution would be better for preserving the plant parts, rather than for my purposes. The jar does not take up much space so I will check them daily for improvement.


Sticks and Stones

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Yesterday I hung Sticks and Stones, but immediately realized two things: the piece is far too small for the space, and the lower right corner tends to bow out a bit.

Sticks and Stones

It is nice having something in that space. Need to start planning a larger piece.

How to fix the bow?

The piece is constructed of two pieces of hardware cloth bound together.

Sticks and Stones Back

Sticks and Stones Front

Bending should be an easy fix for the bowed out corner, but when I gave it a go, it did not change how it hung.

It really should be bent a bit toward the center, but I do not want to risk breaking the sticks that make up the code.

Sticks and Stones Code Detail

The plan is to let it hang until I figure out the bow problem.


The Agave Today–August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Agave

This is How the Agave Looks Today.

Agave Pod Litter

Agave Pod Litter

Agave Seeds

The seed pod was not mature, but I took a look inside.


Sticks and Stones Finally Done

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I spent several months deciding how to complete this piece. Attempted several borders, finally decided to make a coco fiber border. Coco fiber is pretty, but it is sharp and prickly.

Text

The piece has bundles of bound twigs used in place of Morse Code. The dots are bound to the hardware cloth vertically, and the dashes are bound horizontally. Each 4×4 square block represents one letter. And each block has a stone.

The message in the piece is: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?

Yep, it does have a question mark in the code.

Sketch

The piece has two layers of hardware cloth and a layer of coco fiber between.

I have included an image of the back of the piece. Even though the back can’t be seen, it still exists. Also the back piece of hardware cloth has ready made hangers.

Text

Detail of sketch showing the code and a detail of the front of the piece.

Sketch Detail

Front Detail

The finished piece is 32.5″ x 16.75″ x 2″.
Materials List: hardware cloth, stones, coco fiber, cotton fabric, wool, hemp, stones, and starch.

I am seriously considering including the materials and code layout in a small cotton pouch attached to the back for easy access.

As for signing the piece, I will use some type of stitch work. Here are some examples of previous signatures.

Signature

I have also used stitched perforated discs. The code starts from the left and spirals in. The code is in brown and tan. The rest is spacers and fillers.

Signature

They are rather nice because they are about the size of a quarter. There are a few patterns that can be used. This attempt was to be a bit willy nilly.

Back to Sticks and Stones–I need to sign it and hang it.

Miscellaneous information–the twigs are from a birch tree. Some believe that birch represents health, wisdom, and safety.

I select materials for what they bring to the work visually, but also culturally. Sometimes a material is selected because it has a connection to my personal history.

Does anyone need to know that when viewing the work? Probably not. Will knowing all of my reasons for making a work and selecting materials change how a work is viewed? Maybe…


Agave and Hummingbird

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Today near the top of the agave there was a busy little hummingbird.

Agave and Hummingbird

Agave and Hummingbird


Agave July 28th

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Agave

Agave Detail


Focaccia Mold

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Apparently my focaccia with basil and black grapes do not go over well.

But what beautiful mold!

Focaccia Mold