Rescued Trapped Cactus Flower

April 30th, 2022

April 10
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 15
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 19
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 23 9:00am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 10:00am
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 12:00 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 12:30 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 5:30 pm
Has a light fragrance, sort of similar to Narcissus.
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 5:50 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 6:23 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 6:58 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 7:30 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 8:21 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 25 9:10 am

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 26 11:00 am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 26 2:00 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 27 10:00 am

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 29 8:47 am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 30 10:50 am
Trapped Cactus Flower


May 11 Trapped Cactus Parent Plant

Trapped Cactus Parent Plant


A Few Flowers

April 29th, 2022

Succulent Flower

Succulent Flower

Dietes
Dietes

Hibiscus
Hibiscus

Lilac
Cutting from a plant in my orchard.
Lilac

Nigella
Nigella

Nigella

Nigella

Passion Flower
Passionvine

Salvia
Salvia


Piece in Progress–Contemplate Something Beautiful

April 17th, 2022

I am working on a piece that has the code–contemplate something beautiful. The code is based on a masonic cipher. Or the common Pigpen Cipher.

Contemplate something beautiful

I upcycled some green painters’ paper that was used as a template for a previous project. Made the blocks from tree wrap and cotton twine. Used safety pins and cotton thread to attach to the blocks to the background. Then used a solution of salt, peroxide, and white vinegar to age the metal. Unfortunately I used stainless washers for the twine icord at the top.

Contemplate something beautiful

This morning the piece still wasn’t dry so I placed it outside to finish drying. When I checked on it, I found that a spent Brugmansia flower had fallen onto it.

Contemplate something beautiful

I think it looks beautiful as part of the piece. Will I keep it? Maybe…


Angel Wing Begonia

March 22nd, 2022

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia


Flowers and Other Activity in the Garden 20220321

March 22nd, 2022

Butterfly

Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria

Brugmansia
Brugmansia

Cerinthe
Cerinthe

Cistus
Cistus Buds

Cistus

Cymbidium
Cymbidium

Cymbidium

Daffodil
Daffodil

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Freesia
Freesia Lilac

Freesia Lilac

Freesia Stripe

Freesia Stripe

Hellebore
Hellebore

Knotweed
Knotweed

Pussy Willow (cutting)
Pussy Willow

Sweet Pea Shrub
Sweet Pea Shrub

Wisteria
Wisteria


A Nature Gift

March 18th, 2022

In mid December I checked out the green waste bin looking for potential art materials. Saw a sweet little oak cutting. I snagged it.

Looked like a wee stump with a few twigs. Thought that it might be fun to use in a piece. Popped it in some water hoping it would prevent it from drying out before I had an opportunity to look at it closer. It has been growing new leaves, no roots. Pretty sure this is not a tree that can be propagated in water.

Oak Cutting

Last week I moved it upstairs. I thought it would get better light during the day.

Oak Cutting

I totally forgot to water the little oak one day. It requires loads of water.
Unfortunately, it’s started to lose leaves and some of the twig-like branches died.

I pruned the dried dead bits.

Oak Cutting

I think the green section may survive. How, not sure.

This leaf gave me pause.

Oak Cutting

Nature offers amazingly beautiful gifts!


Further From the Truth

March 11th, 2022

Another piece that I am attempting to complete.

The quote in code is–The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.

Drifts From Truth Layout

January 10 2021

Attached code blocks to tree wrap squares with safety pins.

Drifts From Truth

Drifts from Truth Layout, January 9 2021

Had thought about maybe stitching the blocks together.

Drifts From Truth

March 9 2021

When I revisited the piece last week, I decided that I liked the safety pins.

Attached the blocks to a piece of thin paper with PVA. After a thorough drying, attached the blocks to a piece of roofing felt. Then I applied clear shellac. Didn’t expect the result to be so glossy.

Further from the Truth

Further from the Truth

I used the same processes and materials for the separate test piece. After a thorough drying, I sanded the exposed white bamboo areas, then applied a product that I hoped would replace roofing tar.

Further from the Truth

Not sure what I think of the result.
Further from the Truth

The second test–To dull the finish and age it a bit, I applied a thin application of Rust-Oleum 2X Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Matte Clear Spray Paint.

Further from the Truth

Before I decide how to complete the piece, I am thinking about trying another test with paste wax.

I think that sanding the piece so that some of the code is frayed would be appropriate for the quote.
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The quote is often attributed to George Orwell, but it seems that the author is Selwyn Duke.

Materials–Bamboo paper towel (white fabric), bamboo thread, safety pins, tree wrap, roofing felt, PVA, shellac.

Amaryllis Year Two Growth

March 6th, 2022

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Amaryllis New Growth

I moved the plant to a warmer and brighter location.

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Amaryllis New Growth

Fungi

Fungi growth at base of bulb.

Fungi

Fungi

Fungi Removed

Fungi Removed

Amaryllis Seedlings
The seed was harvested from the plant last year.

Amaryllis Seedlings


A Gnawing Ache

March 4th, 2022

I am in the process of completing all of the pieces that are in progress. A Gnawing Ache is a piece that I started in 2018 when I was dealing with grief.
Gnawing Ache Sketch

I aged the razor blades, hardware cloth, and pins with a patina.

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

It occurred to be after I used patina on the pins that they would be stronger if I hadn’t covered the entire pin. The patina made the metal a bit fragile.

Code Used
Gnawing Ache Code
One horizontal square for dots; two vertical squares for a dash.

Materials
Cotton, Hardware Cloth, Razor Blades, Pins, Patina, Wood (from an old swing), Cork, Stain, PVA, Sealant


Never Underestimate the Petty Vindictiveness of Those in Power

March 4th, 2022

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The spikes were aged with a patina.

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The pieces received an application of clear shellac with a solution of cloves in denatured alcohol.

Panel 1
The code at the top of the first panel has the–Take Notice.
Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Petty Vindictiveness1 Detail
Panel 2
Petty Vindictiveness

Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Materials
Wood, Hardware Cloth, Cotton, Metal Spikes, Cork, Wool, Shellac, Denatured Alcohol, Cloves