Monday, May 2, 2011
Having grown up in the 50's and 60's it was only natural Flower Power would have an effect on me. Little did I know it would invade every part of my studio recently.
Here's a sample of the pieces I've been working on over the last several months, which I'm calling my flower power series. They all involve flowers in some way. The organization and testing is a time consuming process.
I have a number of flower groups going at once including forest, seashore, pastel, and psychedelic in various stages of the process. I log each flower onto a spread sheet detailing the type of clay used, types of glazes or slips, and the firing schedule. Then there's the testing for the lusters I plan on using.
To conserve energy usage, I try to fire a full load. Since most of the flowers are small, it takes a while till I can fire a group of them. I've also made flowers to hang directly on the wall, attached to other clay pieces, functional and non-functional, and various other pieces drying in the cabinets.
Once I've completed a flower, I decide if the flower will go into a frame, shadow box, diorama, or how it will be used. I spend quite a bit of time blending the acrylic colors to get them the way I like them. I've also mounted some flowers on natural wood with stains or bees wax. I'm still working on the background colors and mounting details for these two.
The good part of this lengthy process is I get to use all the things I've collected like shells, driftwood, pieces of metal, etc. I also get to work with all of the materials I like: different clays and slips, acrylic paint, found objects, wood, and other artifacts. Stay tuned for more flower power real soon.
Flower Power Series by Linda Starr is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com.