Monday, February 23, 2009

Garden Vessels

 As promised here are the first two results from my new experiment. You are looking at packaging styrofoam blocks, shaped with heat and then painted with an air brush. My garden vessels have a drainage hole. I am still looking for a  textured paint to add more interest to the styrofoam. The plan is to create a whole wall and plant a vertical garden and then cover an 'unsightly' wall. 

Materials: Hard & Soft

Here are some pictures of the exhibition Materials Hard & Soft.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring is in the Air

My favorite spring flowers. 

Garden Vessels

I just finished my second vessel, and again I am very happy with the result. I am very convinced that this is a great way of using packaging material that otherwise would just been dumped into the trash. So far I have not used any textured paint, that is still in my head and I need to 'investigate' that thought some more. But I have put plants in both vessels today and they look great. I will take pictures tomorrow and add them within the next few days to my blog. Time will tell how the vessels will hold up in out outdoor environment. One is in a very wet area the other is in front of our entrance therefor rather dry. Time will tell. 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Garden or Recycling Art

I am currently trying to create styrofoam vessels. The idea is to use materials such as packaging styrofoam blocks  and shape them with heat into interesting forms so I can use them as planters.  I have sprayed the finished object , so far I have only made one, with acrylic paint. The first piece looks great but I am looking for a more textured surface. I am just wondering if anybody has tried something similar using textured paints? Since outdoor art is not my normal medium I am trying to avoid big mistakes.  Any hints and tips are greatly appreciated? 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Liquitex Iridescent Medium

I have been looking for a while for a medium that turns my regular acrylic  paints into iridescent colors. I found Liquitex  'Iridescent Medium' and it works great on my fabric / paper collages. It can easily be diluted if the iridescent effect is too strong. I used it on some of the water areas  on my 'seascapes' . 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jewelry piece of the month

Winter in Miami. I guess this time the jewelry piece of the month was inspired by  the cold temperatures we have had lately here. Believe it or not, I measured 33 F one morning in my backyard. I know for all of you living up North this must feel like a early spring day, but for us beach combers the world was upside down. We are not supposed to be cold, that is why we moved here. Thank God my orchids and other plants survived the cold spell! My hurricane tarps were used once more even if it was for a different purpose, like covering my wonderful tomatoes and my herb garden. It still feels a little chilly in my studio, but that is alright since I will be sweating pretty soon again. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Materials: Hard & Soft

Great News: Anemone 2 is among the winners of Materials: Hard & Soft
If I receive any pictures of the opening I will post them.