I wish I would have stopped here but I didn't; I added more to the tree. I like how the tree grows up and over the sides and up the roof interior.
First I built an enclosure for the shrine. This piece is about 10.5 high by 5.5 wide in inches; at the edge of the roof it's 8.5 wide. The sides are 2.5 inches deep, the roof is 4 inches at the center and curves slightly narrower at the edge, and the base is 3 inches deep curving narrower to meet the sides. After I made the piece I let it firm up some and dry over night.
The next morning I brushed three coats of blue and green stained slip on the panels. I usually brush the slip before I assemble the piece but this time I did the reverse. I found out it's much easier to put the slip on before assembly. When it's assembled I have to be really careful not to knock my hand or fingers against any of the sides while I'm brushing on the colored slip. I use a small brush (an acrylic size) because the slip dries quickly; I need to keep dipping into the slip so I can apply wet coats to the surface.
After the background colors dried, I brushed in the tree and branches. Then I layered more colors of slip for the tree, bark, leaves, and grass. See this is what I mean, I think the barren tree in the first photo was more dramatic than this later one. But I can always make another one. In fact I plan to make several more of these. The tree now looks about like the sweetgum, Liquidamber styraciflua, outside my studio window; still holding on to some of it's leaves.
Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
- I think that I shall never see
- A poem lovely as a tree.
- A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
- Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
- A tree that looks at God all day,
- And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
- A tree that may in summer wear
- A nest of robins in her hair;
- Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
- Who intimately lives with rain.
- Poems are made by fools like me,
- But only God can make a tree.
I added roots of the tree under the bottom. I also added one yellow star on top of the roof. I have a few ideas of a sculptural piece to add beside the tree inside the shrine. This post is part of Artists in Blogland Saturday share. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.