Although I finished Uprooted 2 at my residency in May, I just got great photos last week of this piece so I thought I'd share.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I started Uprooted 3: Growth while at Blueberry View Artist's Retreat, and I have just finished it last week. I love making the beaded tendrils and parts of the woodworking, but the sanding and finish work I tend to procrastinate on. Lucky for me, Luke of Luke Anthony Photography could squeeze me in this week for professional photos of a few of my pieces. This is the first of posting his awesome photos:
It's secondary name is "growth" because that word really represents my artwork from 3 years ago to now, lots of growth, in my work, as an artist and within myself. I have had things come up in my life recently that have caused me extreme amounts of stress. In the past few weeks I have had a lot of personal growth and it feels like a wave has washed over me. I am calmer than I have been and I am getting my focus and excitement back and centered around my art.
The next two photos I took, because I thought it was unfair to do this post without showing that this piece can also hang on the wall. When I had finished Uprooted 2: Big Ugly, I had wished that I could hang it on the wall. I like it fine as a free-standing sculpture, but I always like options. Uprooted 3 easily lent itself to hanging on the wall with it's flat bottom, so it wasn't a lot of extra work to consider making a small nail-hole.
This particular piece wasn't growing on me very quickly at first, but I have to say, there was an immediate sense of satisfaction when I put it up on my living-room wall this morning. I think I will be admiring it from here for a little bit. It really comes out at you.
I need to thank everyone for their love and encouragement recently. I know that sometimes posting to social media makes you feel like images and daily progress can go unnoticed, but between Instagram, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter I've had many lovely comments and encouragement to keep going and finish this (among other) pieces. Also a huge thanks to Luke for getting photos so quickly, my next few blog posts are going to be more beautiful with his eye behind the camera rather than mine.