Weekly Photo Challenge- Finding Satisfaction Turning Trash to Treasure

One of the most satisfying pastimes for me as an artist is combining cast off  items and putting them together into something beautiful…….

Shovel owl
Double shovel owl with fork feet
Bathroom Goddes
Goddess of scrap metal
Sandstone collage 1
Sandstone collage with barbed wire.
Welded pony
Pony jumping  over nail fence

Satisfaction

Weekly Photo Challenge- the Unusual World of Air Plants

Baylii smoosh vase 2They are the nonconformists of the plant world.  You will find these epiphytes growing in the top of trees and bushes in tropical/subtropical climates such as the SE USA, Mexico, Central & South America & SE Asia.  They shun growing in soil, preferring a good view from above.  Nutrients are hedgehog rightabsorbed from water & air through special structures on their leaves called trichomes.  I love their quirky shapes & personalities to the point I made a business of selling them and unusual holders on Etsy

They make great “housepets”

Unusual

Weekly Photo Challenge- Collage

How convenient….I actually work in collage as an art form- most in combination with monotype.  Here is a collage of some of my collages.

Migration 1
Migration 1
Goat collage
Got Your Goat
Cascadia
Cascadia
Birch Forest
Birch Forest
Wild heart
Wild Heart

Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing from Ocean to Mountains- If These Rocks Could Talk

The land that we now know as Ireland once lay below a vast sea that covered the earth. The ancient seabed filled with layers of dead sea creatures metamorphosed into

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The moon shapes in this limestone are fossils from sea animals.

limestone. Over a process of millions of years, the land was uplifted forming hills and mountains.  A series of ice ages further changed the landscape by sculpting out fjords and leaving valleys and lakes in their wake.  The Burren in Western Ireland is a perfect place to explore these ancient processes.

A granite “tourist” left by a glacier in the limestone.
A sculpture from limestone, water, & wind.
Wave action left these beautiful patterns in the rock
A perfect planter for a tongue fern carved by water.
A sculpted pool.
Making a cairn of limestone on a mountain top in The Burren in memory of my father.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focusing on Nature’s Mystery

Animal, vegetable, or mineral?


I was walking along a beach in Ireland and came upon a small upturned Jellyfish.  On focusing in, it was quite beautiful.

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 Focus

Weekly Photo Challenge- Walking with the Shadows of Friends

Last November I took a walk with two friends at the Mendenhall Glacier just out of Juneau, Alaska.  The day was cold, clear, crisp & the winter shadows long.

16 Juneau glacier shadows

Friend