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!




7 comments:

  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)

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    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.

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  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

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  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!

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  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!

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

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

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