Monday, February 25, 2013

For my entry in a local recycled art show I have decided to construct a wetland. I took this photo last summer and plan to use it as my background for the piece, the show requires all entries to be 3D. I'm not doing a sculpture, more like a painting that will have layers of 3D plants.

The first step in this project was to glue cardboard to a 4 ft x 3 ft canvas. I was conflicted about using a canvas opposed to some other recycled material as a backing. Since this piece will be in an art show I decided a canvas would be the easiest way to ensure it hung properly.

                                                         Next, I painted gesso on the cardboard.

Today I plan to sketch in the water and trees.
I'm going to "rough in" the background with acrylic paints.
Then the fun begins!
I plan to make wetland plants out of recycled materials.
When I was in college I took an aquatic plants class.
The core of the class was to teach students how to delineate a wetland. 
We also had to collect, identify and press 75 wetland plants.
I no longer have my plant collection but I think I can manage with the help of Google.
Pennsylvania is a very green state, any ditch along a country road is full of wetland plants.
Wetland plants are not hard to find.

The sun is shining here and there is a glistening layer of frost.
I think I'll pick up my camera and take a walk.
Have a good day!


  1. Why not use "skunk cabbage" and glue those leaves on it for a 3D effect? That would also give the viewer of the art work a 4th dimension, one of the smell of the swamp. . (grin)

    1. The skunk cabbage will be up soon. My mom usually has a bumper crop of skunk cabbage along her drive way in the spring. I think it's pretty when it first sprouts. Maybe I'm just so happy to see green after months of brown.

  2. Oh what a great idea Jill. I am sure your "green" life view will be way more green than most of what shows up. I am curious, can't wait to see how this turns out. I am envisioning a live plant somewhere on this.....xox

  3. Look at you already putting that easel to use!! Love it!! What a wonderful project! Beautiful photograph! I look forward to seeing more steps of this project! Keep um' coming!

  4. I would say you have moved beyond your winter paralysis - given your upcoming deadlines,and it appears that you're not the least bit intimidated by that blank canvas covered in gesso. You next projects sound like perfect fits for you. Enjoy!

  5. I love how you challenge yourself with so many varied projects! Looking forward to seeing your finished flora! Jane

  6. Looks like you've got a good vision for your project. It will be cool to see the finished piece.