Monthly Archives: August 2012


Stick Project Final

Stick Project Final

Pruning the branches and wrapping the twigs much more heavily with thread helps them to stand out. Moving the leaves to the right helps direct your eye to the fall colors and begin to move around the piece concluding at the spring green branch balanced between a v in the branch.  The thought behind the structure allows the life cycle of the tree and it’s seasonal colors and cycle of renewal, fullness, fading, falling and dormancy.  Rebirth in the spring with the delicate greens and the cycle begins again.  We were assigned to choose twelve sticks and design a free standing structure with meaning to be discussed next Friday in class.  We are allowed to use thread or twine in our structures.  The fragile Dogwood branches would crumble as I wrapped them in old thread that I found at an estate sale.  I used grays, browns, greens and bright green.  One branch is not hanging in the tree and is on the ground, but still wrapped in gray thread.  I am adding another element to the paper on which this structure sits.  I will add shadow detail onto the paper that will be seen once you lift the structure from the paper.  While it is on the paper the shadows look natural in studio light.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Projects


Thumbnail of positive space number 2

Thumbnail of positive negative space area number 2

August 30, 2012

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Drawings


We have to find better solutions than tearing apart the land we depend on. This thoughtful article by Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is his account of gas exploration up close and personal. When your personal property is being destroyed, it gives you a different perspective. Something to consider.
How to replace what is destroyed in the process. You cannot replace it. So, should it be done or the idea scrapped? I feel scrap the idea until much further study is completed over a long period of time. Designers will impact areas of renewable energy and use of materials. Influencing the path of design could bring about great changes that work for our population and also the planet.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Sticks Project

Pen drawing of delicate branch details takes a lot of time and attention to many features which give the branches and twigs their unique qualities. Our patio at home has a Dogwood tree growing in the center of a concrete patio with a tiny oasis of earth to live in. I have watered that tree religiously as it is the only source of shade in the patio and I could not be outside for long in the summer without that tree. Our children grew up playing under its canopy and have taken their photos on summer holidays and parties in front of that tree. I don’t actually know how it manages to live at all. It is completely hollow. We have film of squirrels chasing each other in and out of the hollow areas and it was hilarious. Anyway…I always get lost…the project we were assigned was to take 12 sticks and draw them with ink on Bristol board and list their qualities. Also we had to come up with a design that would show something. We had to figure it out.

I saw what I wanted to do and found the branches early this morning after the rain last night. I have two major branches and then one smaller with a few early fall leaves and the rest are all tiny twigs from the larger branches that were wrapped in fine thread in varying colors to indicate the colors seen in the tree throughout the year. Spring color with the pale greens and gold blend into strong summer greens then fading to the orange-red of autumn and the darker browns. Finally the grays are seen and at the end the last wrapped piece is again pale and perfect green. The cycle of renewal, change and dormancy are what I wanted to show in this piece. The three major pieces are held together with hemp cord. One half of the smaller wrapped pieces are held on the larger pieces by a small loop of hemp cord and the other half of the small color wrapped pieces are held by pieces of thread in which they are wrapped.

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Projects


Destroying Precious Land for Gas


Designers Set Sail

This article is very interesting to consider that modern designers are turning to ancient deign for inspiration. The idea worked long ago and may have applications in today’s designs. To harness the wind in many ways for power generation, design in architecture and transportation as well as aesthetically it is worth consideration.


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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized