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)

Roots garden sculptures

More Roots garden sculptures

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

 Rootosaurus gardenicus African Mask profile Frog

Rootosaurus gardenicus

African Mask profile


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New Roots Garden Sculpture

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

                   Giraffe - Thyme roots

…a new addition to the Roots Garden Sculptures, from a dead thyme plant.

More garden whimsy

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

                   The Twins - garden sculptures of upside-down root systems

Adding to the whimsical garden sculptures of root systems, here are The Twins.

Sky Diver

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Sky Diver - Basil stem and roots - Photography, digital manipulation

Sky Diver- Basil stem and roots (this is the last of the root-sculptures  for a while I think) – this one has a thick stem, removed with PaintShop Pro.


Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Confidence - tomato stem and roots garden sculpture

Confidence, tomato stem and roots garden sculpture

More roots

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Basil stem and roots - “Fear”

Fear, another root-system garden sculpture from a Basil stem and roots.

Song and Dance

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

                                   Song and Dance - Basil roots and stems garden sculpture 

Alright, three or more consitutute a new photographic series: Roots Garden Sculptures. This one I see as Song and Dance, of Basil roots and stems. It was peeking out of the lawn and garden litter bag and almost made it to the curb without notice. The first three root systems, now garden sculptures, were compelling enough alone to catch my attention, but now I’m going to consciously seek them out.

Some things are Art without any manipulation at all. Sort of the roots of creativity too really: finding something beyond that which is in front of you. Seeing. Transformation. It doesn’t matter what the medium is..

Pretty Lady

Friday, December 14th, 2007

                              “Pretty Lady”, dead Croton roots and stem

So many chores at home preparing for the holidays pull me away from typical Art work, but that doesn’t stop the old eyes from seeing things! Transplanting things from the garden, shaking soil from dead plants, the root systems are very interesting. I call this one “Pretty Lady”. This one is also from a dead Croton — one was posted earlier from a more mature plant.

Art everywhere

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Impatience - Croton plant roots; whimsical garden sculpture, Bearded Iris
While tidying up the garden and shaking out the soil from dead plants I was marvelling at the root systems and couldn’t bring myself to throw this one away, it’s so interesting. This one is from a Croton, and stuck into the ground upside down makes an interesting garden sculpture. Below: Croton, 1992 36 x 24 inches acrylics on canvas (private collection, Scotland).

Croton, 1992 36 x 24 inches acrylics on canvas