"I Was Once A Tree" : A Collab Weekend

There was a call for local artist in Thomaston, GA, to create for the show theme: "I Was Once A Tree." Being the huge nature lover that I am, I HAD to participate. Seeing as the show was in Thomaston, I reached out to a friend to help create this mixed media piece: H.K. of Indy Riot Studios. You remember those fellas, right?

Here are some picture of the process. Or should I say, the WEEKEND. H.K and I put in over 20+ hours at the studio working on this and on about 2 hours of sleep. I think it goes without saying, the deadline for the show was Sunday. Ha. We live an hour and a half apart, give up a break! :P 

the start of something: four shadow boxes - one for each season

the start of something: four shadow boxes - one for each season

we painted SO MANY leaves

we painted SO MANY leaves

our tree starting to emerge! 

our tree starting to emerge! 

progression - paper mâché for the lower boxes

progression - paper mâché for the lower boxes

adding stain to the boxes and the branches from the yard, put together with tape and coated with modeling paste for bark texture, added for our center tree

adding stain to the boxes and the branches from the yard, put together with tape and coated with modeling paste for bark texture, added for our center tree

so close

so close

Finished!! :D

Finished!! :D

No nature piece is complete without a Walden quote: “Things do not change; we change.” Seemed so appropriate with the seasons. And maybe some of my own trials lately. Funny how that always makes it's way into your work, huh? But mainly because: WALDEN.

close up of the seasons - made in a collage app so sorry, the tree is distorted

close up of the seasons - made in a collage app so sorry, the tree is distorted

Close up of each season (picture above) and re-cap on the elements and work involved (summary below):

Lower left: winter - with paper mâché snow and clay snowman; upper left: spring - with faux leaves, bird and nest with real tree branches.

Upper right: summer - faux leaves, painted branches, card stock/wire/yarn/string kite (who didn't get a kite caught in a tree during the summer?)

Lower right: fall - faux leaves, paper mâché, pumpkin and clear string attached to leaves for "falling" effect.

Look close at trunk! We created it using real branches from trees, tied them together with tape, covered the tape with modeling paste and acrylic paint and painted all the limbs to mimic the trunk.

no, i cannot take a normal picture! i didn't have make up on and was so tired X-P

It was nuts being back at Indy Riot and I am so proud to see how much they have grown! 

By the end of this, H.K. and I treated this beaut as our baby. We are beyond proud of it. We can only hope people who come to the show love it as much as we do. :))

hanging.jpg

He irony is, H.K. and I were like: "We don't have to stain the tops of the boxes because they won't hang the piece, so they'll never know." Dang it! 

Pretty neat having our piece in a show though. It's for sale too. *wink wink* 

 

SIDE NOTE:

For more BEAUTIFUL natural and/or tree themed art, check this out artist Debra Bernier, an example of her work is below and here is her etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShapingSpirit?source=aw&awc=6220_1475714004_f90cf159ff60c4396095ae66b51b617c&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=259915