All of this plastic work motivated me to finally finish what began looking like a Lorax. The more I worked on it, the more it began to look like a landscape on its side. Above is an image of a Van gogh study I did years ago. It was in the next room and helped me finish my panel which tucks tidily into a niche on our back porch. I imagining my friend Vincent working in recycled plastic and finished up the piece, which is about 10 feet long, singing Starry Starry Night and then the subsequent Killing Me Softly, the song about Vincent hearing Don McLean sing his Starry Starry Night.
I could hardly wait to cut up some bottles I sprayed lightly with the new striped method. The blooms are blowing me away! I'll be greeting the postman (we have a man) every day until my haberdashery supplies arrive. What a great word, haberdasher.
Getting ready for the run for the roses...
I love the yellow tababuia behind our tree. It was in it's prime on Earth Day/ Arbor Day. For those of you who aren't familiar with the tababuia, the yellow blossoms don't last long and when they fall, they rain down, making bright yellow petal puddles on the ground beneath. Our realtor's daughter named them 'happy trees' so that's what we call them too.
We had quite a show of helping hands from the Multi-faith Education Project and ArtReach Orlando. The bottom tree blessed Winter Park City Hall with it's presence until it joined the other three trees at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Go visit them there!
The trees will bring some festive color to Winter Park's Kentucky Derby event next weekend. I've been commissioned to make another fascinator for one of the hosts. Now I have the fascinator bug and ordered a book, fabrics, and lots of feathers.
I have been making plastic bottle forms since 2004 and I thought I had seen every idea. I should have known better since every group I work with brings new ideas. On Earth Day, a volunteer brought Sharpies so that participants could write messages of peace on the blossoms and I love the Chinese dragon that one gentleman created, more interested in the engineering than the final product. It is pictured next to a blossom a woman made that I think looks just like a bleeding heart bloom. My former student, Hugh, discovered a striped painting technique I am using for the derby project.
I am so grateful to The City of Winter Park, ArtReach Orlando, and the Muti-faith Education Project for doing so much prep work and making this installation such a success.
I found another model that works for free. She's green because she doesn't get to keep the fascinator. Found some plumes and veil netting to add panache!