Geode in wood

Hi everybody, remember the plum-tree way back in this post: craft fodder?
Well here is it as a geode via pouring medium:
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I told you it would come in handy some day. I really like the look of it in this application. Here’s another shot showing the bark of the plum-tree slice:
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I’m thinking of doing a few of these in a set to be displayed in a shadow box. I love that it mixes beauty in nature with beauty achieved though art.

A New Year and a little Green

Hello readers,

I hope everyone has had a nice start in the new year.

For me, it’s been rough: transitioning from going to bed late and sleeping in, back to getting up early again. It’s been rough on the kids too. Hopefully, the coming week will feel better and everyone will be settled back in the routine.

I mentioned earlier that I my life was very busy and felt a bit chaotic. During these times, I couldn’t do any art but craved a little ‘green’. By ‘green’ I mean a bit of plant-life that seems to help me feel soothed and connected to the natural world around me. I came upon these Marimo moss balls on the inter-web and saw some unique ways of housing them. Here is what mine looks like:

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It sits on my windowsill above my kitchen sink. I cheers me up with the green moss ball and the bright colours of the coral bits. It makes me think of how necessary it is to have beauty around us for a sense of well-being.

Wishing you well for the rest of the week,

J

Watercolour and summer

I wanted to post some summery images to offset the grim events of the fires and to cheer myself up. To me, summer is about sun and sea, and watercolours are great for light and colourful paintings. In this case, a small starfish painting on a piece of rag watercolour paper:

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The watercolour is decorated with white acrylic inks by Daler-Rowney, FW inks. They are very nice quality inks applied with a dip pen (the kind with holder and nib). I think I would have liked the nib to be finer in this case.

The decorated aquatic specimens are my way of celebrating and appreciating nature by observation and adornment.

Watercolour feather

I thought it would be fitting, since my last post was about natural specimens, that I would add a specimen of my own. I really enjoy looking at nature closely (except for bugs, of which I have a phobia) and admiring the its beauty. Oftentimes, even the mundane things when looked at closely are incredible.

Below is a watercolour of a feather I did a while ago. It is on lovely handmade Twinrocker 140lb watercolour paper. As you can see it has deckled edges all around. I’m a sucker for deckled edges, although this one undulates a little too much for my liking but, I don’t want to nitpick.

I love the contrasting hues of the turquoise and burnt orange, the hard edges, the soft colours that bleed into each other and the fine down that gives it more definition. I’m sure there are a myriad of colour combinations of feathers in nature that no one has even thought of.

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