American Beauty


How I create these works is a mystery to me. I often set out in a direction only to have to turn around or go off in a completely different tangent. The “not knowing” is both a source of joy as well as a source of frustration. And surprise.


I finally got to use a beautiful carved, wooden rose that has been laying around in my workshop for years. It was so delicate that it easily got lost in a larger piece. Trying to create a smaller work to be in scale with the flower, I kept adding textures: a honeycomb carving to contrast the flowing petals; a linear strip to highlight the wooden background surrounding the flower; a circular piece of copper that turned a beautiful vertigis color. Although I wanted to keep this small, I kept adding textures and “ingredients” to this Foundling, including an old worn trivet that kept this piece growing ever larger. As it grew, something started to look familiar about this combination of textures and yet, I couldn’t place it. I liked adding these elements and this work did feel like it was moving in the right direction.


Then it occurred to me. It looks like the cover of the Grateful Dead’s album, American Beauty. Not that this was in any way my intent nor is this an exact interpretation of the cover but it did make me smile when I realized what I had created. I never know where (or when) my creative influences come from. It’s just a matter of being open.




Recent Posts

See All

In a Dream

I have been exploring glass ingredients of late. The problem arises, however, that if I use too much glass these works can start to look like lamps but I do enjoy the pristine quality of glass so I fi

Complete

In my 20 November posting, I wasn’t sure if this piece was done. Throwing caution to the wind, I had it framed. Frequently having the work framed finalizes it in a way that makes a work complete. At o

Coppertone

Unlike silver, the gold and brass tones I work with have an inherit antique quality to them. That is not to say that silver always looks “new” just that the brighter quality of most silver can have a