Monday, May 24, 2010

Bringing it together...

The two passions of my life: art and gardening, need to come together.  How can I do this in an authentic way?  It would be easy to simply focus on garden, floral themed art: lovely necklace inspired by the lavender and purples of the foxglove, with a touch of white, green and pale yellow, maybe with a microscope slide pendant with a transparency, some collage or text.

While that sounds really pretty... does it improve, educate, inspire?  Do you notice the wild strawberries, pine needles, and moss in the background, the tiny faded blossom of the red azalea peaking up along the bottom? 

I am starting to disagree with the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words," at least in this case.  There is so much more around, above, and beyond this simple photo that I want to convey:  The seeds this flower grew from, the soil amended with compost,  the fairy garden plan in a tattered old magazine that first inspired me to plant foxgloves in my garden in New York, the time and effort my sister and brother-in-law spent designing and building the retaining walls, how each time I see this plant on now think of a tv commercial

Just like high fructose corn syrup, foxgloves are totally natural!  If you're a plant geek, like me, this might make you giggle, because foxgloves - Digitalis are entirely toxic, poisonous to humans and animals.  Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean you should eat it, and what is "natural" anyway?       Off the soapbox now... check out some of the parody videos of the commercial on YouTube - scary funny.

P.S.  I've decided to take a break from the Self-Portrait project for a while.  Might pick it up later, or think of a new series.  What should I do?  No, seriously, I am asking.  Is there any project/idea that y'all find interesting?  (yes, I can occasionally use "y'all" - my dad's from West Virginia.  I'm half Southern.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday/Sunday #9

LOVE this time of year!  The weather is just so gorgeous... blue skies, no bugs, cool breezes, warm sunshine.  Of course I was in the garden all day yesterday - with a short break for soccer - Ethan played really well, and his team won - and a trip to the garden center for grapes!

So today's project is putting up an arbor and planting 2 Golden Muscat grapes,  and some spearmint, a hardy kiwi (male- I'll get the female next week), and 2 cherry tomatoes.  Yummy!

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy Wednesday...

Louise Nevelson-inspired assemblage I did as a sample for Art Literacy.  4th graders love it, hope you do too!  I love that I was able to make this with scraps, my stash, nothing new.  I haven't been to a craft store since I took the April Stash Bust pledge.  Wow, that is really huge for me!

The next step is color.  All-over gold spray paint and then it will go on the family art wall.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday #8

Long day...  my son's 10 year old birthday party at a laser tag place.  Looking forward to relaxing, gardening, and a trip to the library tomorrow.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday #7

or is it 6?  I'm not sure.  Hopefully my connection will last long to finish this post.  

Beyond the white curtain is my backyard, where a rainbarrel waits to be hooked up, and a pile of potatoes waits to be planted.  If I can finish those two tasks today I will be a very happy girl.