Things that grow

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After the Treegate incident, I tried to insist on my point that (# of trees) ≤ 1 in the best way that I could: painting more trees.

This one I will call Inverted Sunset because once I started on the tree, I realized that I painted the sunset colors were the reverse of what they should be, assuming the base of the tree is on the ground.

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It’s too late now! The command strips have already been applied!

Perhaps this should be Treegate II, because now My Beloved and I are going to get into a disagreement on whether the picture is mounted right-side-up or upside-down. My emotions can only be captured by a WeChat sticker:

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On a side note, see the curly branches? I saw them EVERYWHERE in Charleston, SC. I recently went there for Memorial Day weekend and they do love their Angle Oak, (allegedly) the oldest living tree east of the Mississippi. In tribute to its longevity, its influence was to be found in everything, including bling.

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Earring charms with hooks removed.

Taking a break from trees, I took another stab at a free-hand painting, intending to “sketch” it out with black paint and then go from there. I think I went through about five iterations of ideas before I finalized this piece. At some point, once I decided I was moderately satisfied with the shading, I decided to make good use of my old Vogue issues and a pot of modge podge.

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Coffee table art.

The shadowing may be a bit off because I didn’t have a model for this, but I think it gets the message across: We are flowers, we are in a vase, and we are way too close to that lamp! Woman, what were you thinking?!

Now if only my real plants were nearly this successful.

Acrylics gone wild

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Shortly after directing my dance group’s anniversary performance, I fell sick for two weeks.  I was miserable, but at least I wasn’t obligated to do too much at that point (as if it wasn’t clear that I deserved a break).

Therefore, I figured it was time to break out the paint set.  I had not painted in YEARS. This was going to be exciting.

My first painting was a template from an acrylics kit I bought at an arts store some time back.  It was like painting-by-the-numbers except with no numbers…and with incomplete boundaries….yup.

My approach to this was as wild as them clouds.

My approach to this was as wild as them clouds.

You can still see some of the lines at the bottom where the “grass” is supposed to be — this was painted before I figured out that it’s better to use very minimal water.  The rest of the painting I think I just kind of went on my instinct on it. The original image they put on the box was a bit lighter in theme; perhaps this was reflecting my dark, congested mood.

My first original painting in the bunch came from an idea of some larger project I wanted to do and have since been procrastinating on.

The weed at its best.

The weed at its best.

I wanted to originally paint this, then poke holes in the center of the seeds and stick LED lights through them, but this is still a pending project.  The painting itself was mildly based on stock photography, because, honestly, up until then I had not really put too much thought into the details of a dandelion stem.

And finally in this initial series, I present to you the beautifully gilded, controversial Treegate.

The intended orientation.

The intended orientation.

An alternate interpretation

An alternate interpretation

Which is it?! Is it the side of a single tree or is it in fact two trees standing next to each other? Inspired originally by Klimt’s tree of life, I simply wanted to do a re-interpretation of some of the branches.  My beloved, on the other hand, thought I was hanging the thing sideways on the wall and was confused.  Briefly, I even dared to suggest hanging it at 45 degrees to signify a compromise, but no! No compromise! IAMTHEARTIST!