When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

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Dahlias

November 6, 2016

Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board
Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board

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Monk’s residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

October 17, 2016

Monk's residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Photography Fits!

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Monarda finished

July 7, 2016

Monarda finished, 24H x 28W inches acrylics
Monarda, lower right detail of 24H x 28W inches acrylics
Monarda finished, 24H x 28W inches acrylic son heavy bristol board. Total size 32H x 36W inches with black suede mat, gold trim then 4 inch red suede mat and gold frame.

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Monarda

June 24, 2016

Monarda, 24H x 28W inches acrylics on heavy bristol board

Monarda, work in progress 24H x 28W inches acrylics on heavy bristol board. Gold frame, total size 32H x 36 inches with black suede mat, gold trim then 4 inch red suede mat

Monarda photo compilation: in progress and finished piece framed

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Progress on the Shiva and Moche Earplug Replica Chairs

May 24, 2016

Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail

Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail Shiva as Nataraj chair, sanding again to refine and repaint Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail Shiva as Nataraj chair, 1st varnish then using markers to outline detail

The extra time working on each the Shiva, Lord of the Dance and Moche Earplug replica chairs means 1) increasing familiarity with the authentic originals, and 2) layers of color and contrast add patchy timeworn impressions which might not have otherwise occurred. 
The Shiva statue design is so complex, in retrospect it might have been enough to paint it on a flat surface, like the Mayan Bowl replica chair. Certainly it would have been easier and might be finished by now, but in artwork, I am not always necessarily seeking the easiest way through. Ease is usually the result of something already learned. The point is to discover how to do something, learn how to resolve issues that are presented and/or self-imposed, and the energy is driven by those challenges.
 

Moche Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress

Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress Moche Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair back, work in progress Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress

 
While staying true to the original concepts, I also applied artistic licence since the chairs are unique interpretations in their own right, so some of the designs are improvised slightly, like the ring of fire around Shiva, and the faux turquoise inlay design on the back of the Moche Muscovy Duck chair.
Some issues I’ve encountered: The water-based metallic gold paint reflects off every bump, dries and clumps quickly, and does not spread evenly compared to other acrylics colors even with additives, and the effects of build-up require extra sanding to keep the surface smooth. I may have to switch to an awfully caustic petroleum-based paint. The overall sculpted effects on the Shiva chair were maintained until finally abandoning the idea just last week. A lot has been filled in, but some carving is left to keep the hand-worked, antique appeal.

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Special Orders

February 11, 2016


Zen Garden 02 replicated, 24H x 59W x 1D inches mixed media on canvas
Special order, Zen Garden 02, replicated 24H x 59W x 1D inches mixed media on canvas, special order finished, sent and received. Replications are unique from the originals.

Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, general outline Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, progression detail 02 Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, progression detail 03

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Chrysanthemums Chair finished

January 14, 2016


 

Chrysanthemums Chair, 29H x 29W x 29D inches refurbished vintage chair, woven canvas strips, layers of plaster cured, sanded and carved. Painted with acrylics, varathane, and waxed to enhance colors

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Chrysanthemums Chair, finished front and thumbnails of underneath/back details, 29H x 29W x 29D inches one-of-a-kind refurbished vintage chair as a base, woven canvas strips, layers of plaster cured, sanded and carved. Painted with acrylics, finished with varathane, and waxed to enhance colors. Durable, functional.


 

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Chrysanthemums Chair Update

October 18, 2015

Chrysanthemums Chair, work in progress

Chrysanthemums Chair front detail, painting in progress Oct. 2015    Chrysanthemums Chair back plaster layering detail, Oct. 2015

Chrysanthemums Chair front and back: plaster layering, sanding and painting in progress

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Chrysanthemums Chair, work in progress

September 29, 2015

Chrysanthemums Chair, detail of applying plaster petals

Chrysanthemums Chair, work in progress, carving detail    Chrysanthemums Chair detail of additional plaster petals     Detail of painting over dried plaster. The surface is dried, sanded, built up and reworked many times

Using knives and chisels, areas are carved away. The flower design is continually rebuilt by applying modeling paste and plaster, sanding, painting, and carving. Material is easier to control by squeezing out of baggies, like icing in a pastry bag.

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Chrysanthemums Chair

September 10, 2015

Chrysanthemums Chair, work in progress
Chrysanthemums Chair Work in progress. 29L x 29W x 29D inches refurbished chair, canvas, plaster, acrylics. Thumbnails: graphite sketch, acrylics, carving detail. Above: first application of paint over carved surface. Next, plaster will be applied to petal areas to raise the surface. When dry, the whole process will be repeated; sanded, carved and painted again. I like the white background, so may not add much green or any other color except as contrast and in shadows. This chair will coordinate with the large Chrysanthemums painting.

Phase 1 of Chrysanthemums Chair watercolor pencil sketch on cured plaster     Chrysanthemums Chair, initial sketch detail   Chrysanthemums Chair, carving started

Symbolism and Significance of Chrysanthemums

With a history that dates back to 15th century B.C., first cultivated in China, where it is symbolic of honesty. In Egypt, Tutankhamen was reportedly buried with chrysanthemums. The plant is thought to have been introduced in Japan by Buddhist monks around the fifth century. Initially forbidden to grow except by nobility, the chrysanthemum is now a showy garden perennial common in gardens the world over, in a vast array of cultivars, shapes and sizes, with colors ranging in shades of purple, pink, red, white, yellows and greens.

In terms of design, the mandala formation demonstrates unfurling petals spiraling outward in succession from the center, like fireworks. It is easy to see why chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and joy.

A few states and sororities in the U.S. claim it as their official flower. Many European countries and parts of North America use white chrysanthemums in funeral arrangements, as they are associated with grief and mourning, whereas in Japan holds a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year, attributing it to the sun and happiness. There, it is a symbol of the Emperor and the Japanese Imperial Family. In Canada and the United States, the floral industry thrives on the notion that every flower has unique characteristics, and we communicate our sentiments through specific bouquets according to occasion. For example, the chrysanthemum is the November birth flower and also appointed to the 13th wedding anniversary.

Certain species of the plants are edible and contain medicinal properties. Leaves and roots can be cooked, used mainly in Asian dishes, and flower petals are boiled to make tea. Extracts of the plant, pyrethrins, are processed and preferred as an earth-friendly, biodegradable commercial insecticide.

In cold northern climates they are planted as annuals, whereas here in the Pacific NW coast they are winter- hardy, blooming each Fall. If the plants get leggy before blooms appear, they benefit from being cut back and are easily propagated. Colorful new “mums” add liveliness to flower gardens as seasons change, and they are some of the first to entice us at stores during Spring. Chrysanthemums are perfect in home bouquets, lasting longer than any other cut flower.

 

 

 

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