Thursday, August 26, 2010

Draped in Loofah

An interesting question I ran into in the process of making this picture was that of what to make the Spanish moss out of. It seemed natural, being a plant presser, to use Spanish moss to illustrate Spanish moss. But I found that real Spanish moss looked out of proportion on this tree. Its lines were thicker than what I wanted. So I ended up going with loofah sponge. Some people think loofahs come from the sea, but they actually grow on vines, making them fit very happily into my medium. So here I have a live oak draped with loofah sponge. Also of note: the tree is comprised of lots of small strips of different colored leaves, some of which are live oak leaves off of trees from St. Simons Island.

This picture is made of: delphinium, parsley, dill, orange peel, black maple, live oak, fall leaves and loofah.


  1. I like the composition of this one really well, and the mix of warm and bright colors. I do love the pieces you've done in more muted tones, but the blue seems just right for this piece. What size is it, by the way?

  2. Thank you very much for your kind comment!

    The actual picture measures 8X12. The overall frammed product is 14?18.

    Have a nice day!