This guy is part of a collaboration with my favorite print house, iolabs. Mollusca and Wood Slice are available to purchase as prints in their Curio shop. There is a second phase of this project coming soon that I am super excited about. For all those “does form-follow-function or does function-follow-form” types, stay tuned.
This was a last minute piece for a show my friend, Shaun was putting together for Dia De Los Muertos.
Decided this goat skull was an appropriate subject. Also, I got caught up in the driftwood lines and curves of the horns. A million hairs of india ink later and I may be a little cross eyed now. I do love getting to know animals and plants in this way. To realize the growth patterns of bones, horns, feathers. This guy’s grew like rings of a tree.
It’s been quite a while since my last post; a summer’s length really. And although the time was nice, I wasn’t sad to be on to the fall. I’ve had Mums planted for a month in an effort to mentally move forward and enjoy the time before the great plunge into the gray.
This is one project that got me excited for the busiest part of our year. Le Vert de Coeur, or the Green of Heart, is pretty obviously just that. A knotted bunch of some of the beautiful flora you’ll find in the gardens of Southside Community Landtrust : tomatoes, raspberries, squash flowers, nasturtium, and bok choy. The bok choy being as close to arteries and veins as you can get in a vegetable. It will be part of the auction at their annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser this Tuesday.
The ongoing affair I have with minutia…My daughter found this wood slice in the yard and all those teeny, tiny lines were calling to me. You can purchase Wood Slice at iolabs.
An exercise in depth and repetition for interest’s sake. Going to try to add a new tool next go around, we’ll see how it goes.
Oh, ya, we won a Telly for the holiday card I made for the Smithsonian. Pretty neat.
A piece I just finished. Peonies. Slightly off balance, with heavy heads much too large for their necks. I love the march of the ants over the closed blooms, promising summer ahead. Creatures of habit, they can take several years to reestablish themselves after they are moved. A flower I can understand.
My good friend, Adam, an industrial designer turned woodsman turned maple syrup endeavorist, asked me to create a logo for his new venture. A maple tree and a fantastic company name later… Here is the STEVENS FAMILY SUGAR WORKS logo. I hope he sells barrels and barrels of it.
For my whole life, I grew up calling these trees that bloomed the most lovely floating flowers Dogwoods. Giant, dessert-plate sized blooms that would open in early spring. It wasn’t until I was having dinner one night with my talented, landscape architect friend that I was set straight.
I asked her to name the tree that carried the most delicious, salmon colored petals. Her answer was “Dogwood.” Oh, no, no. I KNOW what a Dogwood looks like and this isn’t it. And I went on to describe once again what she again called a Dogwood. A google search later and what I had been calling a Dogwood all these years was actually a Magnolia tree. That’s where the idea for this drawing came from. A lesson in horticulture from an ignoramus in the style of a slightly off-kilter Victorian illustration.