“In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is an unforgettable experience” ~Frederick Franck
I have recently returned to reading these for probably my tenth time. Each time I gain new insight about how drawing helps one “see” rather than simply “look”.
Walking the forest at James Island County Park, I did a few quick drawing studies of the various bark textures. These are the loblolly pine and live oak. I also did a quick sketch of the needle palm growing nearby. I will do a further study of the palm as it is so distinct for our area.
I am studying the forest floor at James Island County Park today. This is the beginning of a year-long study in this natural space in the suburbs.
P.S. this is the space that would be eliminated with the 526 road extension project.
This spanish moss is intricately woven as the base of this nest. The pine needles and leaves sit on top. I am designing these sculptures so the front can be seen as easily as the back.Look at the back of this nest!
The nest is going in! It is holding together really well. A few more branches will be added to secure it and then I will design the top of this piece. I may add the little feathers you see on the left.
This lovely nest will be carefully placed in one of my hand-built houses. I will weave in thin branches to balance and secure it within. This nest has pine needles, leaves, thorny vines to hold it together, and spanish moss on the back.
“Soaring” 4.5″x12″x3″ hawk feather, map, teak (reclaimed from old boat), plexiglass
This is my workbench below my studio where I do all of my building. It is nice to have an extra space to make a mess with the saws and drills. My grandfather was a carpenter and taught my Dad his woodworking skills. My Dad taught me all that I know and has set me up with all the right tools.
Process shot of three sculptures I am currently working on. Lots of plans brewing for this “Dwellings” series I will be diving into this year.
I started these dwellings a year ago, but it took me awhile to figure out how to work with this teak wood repurposed from an old boat. There is a lot of uneven edges not to mention it is a very hard wood. I have it figured out now, so the fun part can begin!
“Loop” 7″x11″x3″ wood (repurposed teak from a boat), branches, grass leaves, nest, map, plexiglass.
I completed this piece after months of troubleshooting glass vs. plexiglass. I ended up with plexiglass because I can remove it easily (screws) if needed and has an added UVA protection. This particular piece is staying in my private collection. My husband collected this nest while in Germany.