Tuesday, May 31, 2022

yard work, wax work, watercolor



daylilies

For the third day in a row Sunday I picked up a garden cart full of sticks brought down by the three storms and the continued high winds and I still haven't canvassed the entire yard. And more branches have fallen in the areas I've already done.



Then I sat down and worked on the watercolor. I finally got to the point where it needed to dry to see how it was coming along. The colors are always lighter after they dry. This is one of the things I'm having to learn...how much pigment to put on the paper so it will be what I want when it's dry. Here's my progress so far.



Then we watched the rest of season 1 of Stranger Things.

Monday I worked on the box for a couple of hours. I poured the blank for the top, redid the upper section on the front of the box getting rid of all those tight little curves, and then worked on getting the first layer of inlay to fit. The first picture shows the permanently attached top part on the front of the box and the removable bottom inlay piece in place that will be cast separately. The second picture shows the inlay piece.

Now I'm ready to start cutting out and building up the layers of the coral design on the inlay. 

Still have to figure out what I'm going to do about the feet as I think the box needs some lift, some height.


nile lilies (agapanthus)



12 comments:

  1. Pretty flowers (the watercolor included)! That box is going to be amazing - I can tell. What do you think about shell feet? Hermit crab shells? Or little anemones? Can you tell I don't know what I'm talking about? Ha!

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    1. Shells were my first idea but I'm leaning more toward columns of coral, maybe three inches.

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  2. I love watching your art unfold. It's so interesting and inspiring.

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  3. Oh, what green thumbs you have. I wish we were neighbors, Ellen. :) You'd be welcome in my studio any time; I have yet to master watercolor. My backyard is my favorite place but I don't have half as many lovelies as you do. All the spring freebies died and JC finally mowed. The jasmine is thriving and the butterfly bushes are taking over. I'm loving it.
    I hope you'll paint those lilies!

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  4. I think the coral feet would be perfect. The watercolor's gorgeous. I know almost nothing about watercolor, so it's interesting to learn little tidbits from you, like the way the color changes in the drying process. Knowing techniques is important, but knowing the quality of the materials is important, too.

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  5. The ability to do art the way you do is as mysterious to me as anything could be. I love your process. Also your lilies.

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  6. There is so much creative energy here, indoors and outdoors. Always inspiring. Looking forward to seeing how this box turns out, feet and all. The coral pattern is thoroughly engaging. You've truly taken to painting with watercolor after that one class.

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  7. Your day lilies are so dark! An interesting variety. I wish we had those instead of the light orange doubles or triples we do have, which I have never liked.

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    1. Quantity wise I have the most of the double/triple orange which I do like (they were here when we bought the house) but I've added maybe a dozen different varieties, some bloom better than others.

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  8. I love agapanthus, alliums and kniphofia uvaria (red hot pokers). They give an extra level to the planting scheme and combine to give a vibrant feast for the eyes!

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