|Project by Ellen||posted 01-28-2016 12:33 AM||1179 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
This year, for the annual Works of Heart art show (which benefits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center), I created another Ginkgo leaf. This year the size is 14” x 36”. I wanted to carve it out of something different, and I was able to get some American Holly with bug holes in it, which worked great. I thought that this type of wood added a lot of character to the overall design. In some spots the wood had cracks in it and to stabilize it, I found some turquoise sand to fill in the spaces and stabilize the wood. The turquoise definitely added another bit of character.
I always get my inspiration from a real leaf, so once I decided what I wanted to carve, I took several photos of a gingko leaf and whenever I got in trouble trying to figure out how and what to carve, I referenced the real leaf.
I wrapped some copper wire around the stem, as well as some copper tubing, in order to attach it to a black velvet paper mounted on a hard board for the gallery.
The auction is on February 6th at the Memphis College of Art Gallery.
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