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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Chrysanthemums Chair finished

Thursday, January 14th, 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.

Chrysanthemums Chair Update

Sunday, October 18th, 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

Chrysanthemums Chair, work in progress

Tuesday, September 29th, 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.

Chrysanthemums Chair

Thursday, September 10th, 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, in mandala formation, unfurling petals spiral outward in succession from the center, fanning out into a glorious demonstration, like fireworks. So, so beautiful! They definitely influence us with their energy, no matter what the cultivar. 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.

 

 

 

Hydrangea

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Blue Hydrangea, 18 x 24 inches graphite on 80 lb premium

Blue Hydrangea, 18 x 24 inches graphite on 80 lb premium, white mat

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Blue Flag Iris

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Blue Flag Iris, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper

Blue Flag Iris, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper, white mat

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Gladiolas

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Gladiolas, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper

Gladiolas, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper, white mat

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Blue Flag Iris

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches oil stick on canvas

Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches  oil stick on canvas

Spring Garden Mix

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Spring Garden Mix, 18H x 24 inches oil pastels on 80 lb acid free premium

Spring Garden Mix, 18H x 24 inches oil pastels on 80 lb acid free premium

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BlossoMania

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

I’ve been admiring the round masses clumped on the Plum tree branches in our neighbor’s back yard for a week or so now. Yesterday and today, pink swirls in the wind…

Plum Blossom Mania, Original size 18H x 24 inches Oil Pastels on 80lbPetals are falling, the sky is blue

They cover everything, old and new

If I sit too long, I’ll be covered too!

Larger image shows the finished piece, which was cropped from the original size, left, 18H x 24 inches. Blogging always reveals a different perspective. If I had not re-sized the original  in order to post details here, I might never have recognized that the cropped portion is more complete.

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