Sunday, July 4, 2010

La Santa Maria

I'm finished navigating through this picture! I sailed through many confusing waves. This picture involved many tough decisions for me. I had to figure out how to make a sea, work with my perspective, shading and just general logic of what causes what and how that should look. It was a healthy challenge. I sought counsel from lots of people on different elements of this picture. Unframed the picture measures roughly 12X14. I'm glad I don't have to navigate a real ship.

This picture is made of: gray poplar, eucalyptus, dead daylily foliage, dead sunflower foliage, Spanish moss, cotton, candy tuft, baby's breath, moss, corn silk, birch bark and poinsettia.


  1. Sarah , you have a Masterpiece ! It is Beautiful very nice detail .Your blog is always a joy to visit, You are a good writer also.
    Thanks for sharing with us at WWPFG too!

  2. sarah, this is magnificent!:-)...

    very good choice of materials!:-)

    you should show this to your local museum!...they may be interested in having you do a showing of your work!:-)


  3. I think it's just grand! (And I noticed that I'm not the only one to open my comment with an exclamation point). The way the different sections of light and dark, larger and smaller patterns, balance each other is very good. I like that you can still see the shape of the leaves in the sky. It's one of those pictures you could look at for a long time without getting bored - going back and forth from looking at the details to looking at the entire picture.
    I don’t know whether you mean to sell this one, but when you do complete one of your pieces to sell, do you find it at all hard to part with, after all the time, effort and skill it takes to put it together?

  4. This is wonderful. So original, and I'll bet such a lot of work. Love your blog. Chris

  5. Thank you all very much for your encouragement. Thank you, Miss Rebekah, also for your suggestion. I really appreciate all of your remarks.

    Usually when I sell a picture I'm just happy it's going to a good home. I get paid for my work, and I feel like I can start a new picture on a clean slate. Ocasionally I'll be thrilled for someone to take a picture off of my hands and am so glad that it has finally found a home. And yes, sometimes it's like parting with a friend that I'll miss. I still remember wrapping one of my early pictures in bubble wrap and watching it go. I think this one will be one of those few that will make me sad when I part with it. But probably the joy of someone liking it enough to buy it will outweigh my missing the picture. It's bittersweet, but mostly sweet.