This nest must have been built alongside a home or tree with that straight edge, don’t you think? This nest was a gift given to me by a dear friend. It was created with spanish moss, pine needles, and some other type of muddy vegetation. It even has a hollow egg in it! I plan to honor this gift by including it in one of my nest houses. If you find an abandoned nest in your yard, please send it my way.
NEW work is brewing! These photographs of the longleaf pine are from my hike in Francis Marion National Forest. I plan on creating an image transfer print of each photo and then layering other images alongside it. The work will have no found objects in it as I develop this new body of work to apply for artist-in-residence opportunities next year within our National Parks systems. Dreaming BIG!
I took the morning to move my art around the studio and what I found was that the future work I am envisioning is in direct conversation with the work I did last year. I observed three ongoing themes: birds, nests, and the forest but all center around how my art practice connects me to the land. It’s nice to see this in a fresh way!
Messy studio shot of how I am incorporating the sweetgum seeds into one of my nest sculptures.
Graphite drawing of the sweetgum seeds I found on the trails at James Island County Park. This one is available for purchase on my website if you are looking for some affordable original art.
This is my favorite sapling from the Francis Marion National Forest. Jazz hands!
A few sketches in my nature journal of the longleaf pine saplings on the forest floor at Francis Marion National Forest. These saplings can take 5-12 years setting roots before it goes vertical. It has the potential to live 500 years!
Set off on a trail in Francis Marion National Forest today with my friend who is a scientist. Great to get a different eye on the subject I am inspired by.
I am making studio time for my correspondence art project with Laura Gaffke. These artworks of hers inspired my moon map (lower right). I dug into our collection and found some of her work from 2012! Read the letter I wrote her about the work at our website www.lauraTWOtina.com.
Just so I know what I am looking at while drawing in the forest, I am making mind maps of information. This week I am researching the difference between the Loblolly Pine and the Longleaf Pine. What I learned is that the Loblolly is the second most common tree in the US, while the Longleaf is almost endangered. Here is my mind map on the loblolly. Next up is the Longleaf.