Plant Your Flag
What if flowers and plants could be representatives of their country or region?
I have a vision of these images printed on fabric hanging as a flag would, with honor and pride. This particular plant would represent Southwest Asia, although I surmise it is now a world citizen.
Aloe Arborescens - Shazam
This one is made just from 2 parts. The leaves and the amazing orange flowers.
About Aloe arborescens (krantz aloe, candelabra aloe)
Over 500 species are accepted in the genus Aloe, and I think I have properly named this one. It is endemic to the south eastern part of Southern Africa.
In a lab study conducted by Jia et al., wounds were induced in rat and rabbit test subjects and pulp from Aloe arborescens was applied to the wounds. Results showed that healing rates were improved in wounds addressed with Aloe arborescens. Source Wikipedia
Working with plants singularly gives me an opportunity to appreciate the life cycles. I also like to bring this lens of life cycle to my own life and consider where I am. A mother of a young child, in mid life. I feel like I am just beginning to bloom in so many areas! Where would you place yourself in your life cycle and how does this inform your experience?
Playing with Pattern
Playing with Pods
Raw Material, seeds still attached to pod
Green Pod Designs
These pods and seed grouping are made from the Australian Blackwood Tree, acacia melanoxylon.
Indigenous Australians derive an analgesic from the tree. I derive an analgesic too, designing with these pods makes me happy!
It is valued commercially for its highly decorative timber which may be used as a cabinet timber, for musical instruments or in boat building. More on Wikipedia...
Brown Pod Pattern
Art for Big Spaces
Now for Sale at SFMOMA
If you have some big walls to fill and want art that holds space for contemplation, beauty and pattern, these 41" x 41" float mounted images can calm the waters.
Available now at SFMOMA Artist's Gallery in San Francisco.
Twilight Garden Tiptoe
If you missed the opportunity to attend our open studio, here is a slice of the night time magic. Here are some daytime photos.
Sneak Peek, Open Studio
Our garden open studio in Berkeley is magical, and will be ready for your viewing pleasure Saturday Sept. 27 & 28.
Come join us in the daytime or for a tiptoe through the lit glass plants and glowing mosaics Saturday evening. I will have one large lit photograph too.
If you missed Family Patterns, there's another opportunity to see it and leave a prayer.
New Design, Brugmansia
How can a flower have so many perspectives? Shown are brugmansia flowers, known commonly as angel's trumpets. See if you can find all 4 perspectives.
Your are cordially invited to attend our rogue garden open studio. I will have matted and framed prints and cards for sale.
See the art in the daytime, or join us for a Twilight Tiptoe through the glowing glass plants and mosaic lanterns on Saturday evening. I will be exhibiting with three other artists:
1000 Fresno Avenue (@ Marin Avenue), Berkeley, 94707
Saturday September 27 11-9
Sunday September 28, 11-5
Directions: take Albany/Buchanan exit off I-80, Buchanan becomes Marin Avenue, drive 2 miles up Marin Avenue, turn right on Fresno Avenue and it is on the corner
I hope to see you there.
How I Build Botanical Patterns
The design at right is made from the leaves of the sweet potato plant - just 2 separate leaves, pictured below. The folded leaf reminds me of the hearts I made in elementary school where you drew half the heart on a folded paper and cut it out.
The process: In Photoshop I carefully select the leaf from its background, that is the sometimes tedious part of my work. Then comes the fun part, I build separate patterns individually, and then put the designs into a larger design until it sings to me. And, I kid you not, when I get a good one the angels sing Hallelujah!
Family Patterns Comes to Life
In San Francsico until August 21, 2014
Adoptee Art, Family Patterns
How the Light Gets In, SFMOMA Artist's Gallery, Opening July 19, 2014