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May: Mercury Rising

The finished piece for May is here! If you recall, the project for this month was “nature art” and the theme was “outer space”. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the full project complete due to being under the weather for about half of the month. My original plan was to do all of the planets in proportion to each other, made out of different natural objects like the one shown here. Mercury being the smallest, only about 3 inches in diameter… Saturn was to reach a diameter of about 7 feet!

For creating Mercury, all of the pebbles and snail shells were collected and arranged by hand, one-by-one. The entire piece took about two hours to create and photograph.. and several days before that experimenting with various materials.

I chose the snail shells because they were similar in color to the surface of Mercury and lended to the idea of the its cratered surface. After trying several backgrounds to surround the shells, I loved the look of the red pebbles as well the coloring – which reminded me of Mercury’s proximity to the sun.

I still hope to continue this project throughout the year and finish the rest of the planets. I’ve really enjoyed the time wandering out in nature that this month has afforded me. It reminded me of how much I love making things from natural objects and how much I’ve lost touch with that living in the big city over the years. I’m very grateful to have rediscovered this and have come away with many new ideas for nature art projects down the road. For now, I decided not to beat myself up over not getting totally done. I’m very happy with how Mercury came out – and it’s a good start to an ongoing project for the future!

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Planetary Alignment in May

I was talking to a friend of mine today about my monthly project being about outer space… and she mentioned a really interesting thing I had to share! This month, almost all of the planets will be aligned in the early morning sky – following the path of the sun. I’ll definitely have to try taking some photos of this as part of my month’s projects.. and maybe find a way for this this event to work its way into the nature art project for the month as well! For the full article about planetary alignment in May, click HERE. Make sure to check out the end of the article – they offer a few tips on photographing the event!

Announcing the May Project!

The cards for the May project have been drawn! Having already done another nature-inspired project for February’s temporary sculpture, I am excited to explore more areas of natural art! Off we go!

The Blog (and my door) Get A Facelift!

Welcome everyone! You’ll notice the blog has a nice, new look to it! The original was something I really just sorta slapped together to get things started.. so I’m happy to have finally found a new, cleaner look that has more of the features I want. I’m still tweaking things and working on a custom header, so you will likely discover new little nuggets of goodness here and there in the next few weeks.

I thought it fitting with the welcome of the new look here to show off the summertime wreath I made today as well! It’s been probably a decade since I’ve made a wreath.. and oooh i forgot how much fun it is! I am positively in love with the colors and textures on this little guy! Hoping you like the new face to my door as well as to my blog.. Would love to hear what you think of either! =)

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