Touch of Turquoise

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Project by Ellen posted 01-28-2016 12:33 AM 1057 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Please leave comments, I love to hear what you think.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 12:51 AM

hi ellen..elegant/sensual/graceful/ many words come to mind..i went back in your gallery..adore all the leaves…super work.

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 01:40 AM

Exceptional work. Beautiful and most interesting.

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 02:02 AM

Gorgeous! And the size is astonishing. Love the buggy wood and the turquoise accents. Whoever gets that at the auction will have underpaid, for sure. Beautiful work of art. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 01-28-2016 04:31 AM

That piece is very awesome…It looks so fragile I would be afraid to touch it.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#5 posted 01-28-2016 04:39 AM

This piece is surprisingly not fragile. I do mount from behind with a screw into the back of the leaf and I use the copper wire that is wrapped around the stem to secure it in a second spot to the frame. The stem is carved with the grain of the wood, so it is very sturdy. And I sand the leaf to 4,000 grit, so very silky and I encourage people to touch it. The finished leaf is framed on a 16” x 40” board covered in a black velvet like paper that showcases the leaf.

I appreciate all feedback.

-- Ellen --

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#6 posted 01-28-2016 12:34 PM

You are a gr8 scupter and artist Ellen. Wow! This is so awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 01-28-2016 02:32 PM

This is beautiful. Very nice work, Ellen!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 01-28-2016 11:50 PM

Beautiful! And great choice – Ginkgos are beautiful, fascinating, mysterious trees. I have several in my neighborhood and I love the way they look – just wish I knew what secret signal causes them to drop their leaves all at once in the autumn. The turquoise is a great accent to the golden color. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 04-02-2016 10:31 PM

A most impressive piece of carving there Ellen, the fine detail that you have added is amazing.

BTW are you the same Ellen who would have to be one of the very first founding LJ members and still contributing?
I dont recognise the photo you have it looks different.

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 04-02-2016 10:55 PM

It’s the same Ellen, been showing my work here for a while!

-- Ellen --

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 09:21 AM

Nice work keep it up if that is what wood working does for you I will have to work more, your picture looks like some young stunner!!

Now on another subject do you know who is the longest member of LJs is and if they are still as active as you?

-- Regards Robert

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 01:32 PM

Sorry, I don’t know.

-- Ellen --

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#13 posted 04-03-2016 09:42 PM

The mystery of the different photos is solved I was looking on the WWW Apologises submitted !

-- Regards Robert

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