Thursday, November 17, 2016

Night Lights Made with Real Flowers

Here are samples of my pressed flower night lights which have been big hits at my shows.

New Votive Candle Holders and Ornaments

Check out some of my new work created in preparation for my upcoming show at the Rochester Museum of Science this weekend.  I hope you like them.

Votive Candle Holders:

Christmas Ornaments:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Special Occasion Calendars

Do you ever wish you had one place for recording birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions?  Check out my new 8-1/2" by 11" pressed flower calendars.  They have magnets on the back so they can be easily hung on your refrigerator or office filing cabinet.  They are encapsulated in 5 mil laminate with added UV protection and come with a fine point dry eraser marker and a clip to hold it in place.  Here are some examples of my creations.  All are priced at $20.00.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

269 - Gilded Lotus Flowers

The lotus flower has special meaning in many religions. Perhaps one of the strongest associations is observed in Hinduism where  the lotus flower is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality and eternity. 

For my original pressed flower art I used real lotus petals and root cuttings, gerbera daisy stems and ginkgo leaves.  The background was created using gold leafing / gilding.  For maximum color retention, this original pressed flower piece was vacuum sealed between a  layer of mylar and acrylic. Then the mat was topped with a layer of 99% UV glass.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

265 - In The Garden Series

This original pressed flower picture showcases a bird in a garden.  The bird was made from the crotalaria plant, also known as rattlebox.  Both this and the red natal bottle brush flower (upper corner) were harvested from South Africa.  Other botanicals include queen anne’s lace, maidenhair fern, astilbe, salvia, speedwell, hydrangea, bridal wreath, alyssum, sweet clover and cardinal flower.  The background is hand-made paper.  The finished picture was sealed between a layer of mylar and 99% UV conservation glass for added protection. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

267 – Butterfly Trio

Cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. From egg, to caterpillar, to the cocoon, the butterfly emerges in its glory over a period of only one month. 

My original pressed flower picture features three butterflies flying high in the sky.  Perhaps they are hovering above your garden looking for the perfect flower to visit.  Botanicals include multiple colored larkspur, cosmos, delphinium and a leaf.  The background is dyed tenguchi paper over pastel-colored felt. For maximum color protection, it was vacuum sealed between a  layer of mylar and acrylic with a second layer of 99% UV conservation glass over the matting.

#266 - Counting Sheep

According  to the Chinese zodiac 2015 was the “Year of the Sheep”.  People born during this period are believed to be gentle, compassionate and kind-hearted.  My sheep were created from carnation, cornflower, rose petals and banana peel.  Other botanicals include corn husk,butterfly weed, artemisia and miscellaneous ferns and leaves. The background was colored with pastels.  This original pressed flower art was vacuum sealed between a layer of mylar and glass. A second layer of 99% UV conservation glass covers the matting and provides enhanced color protection.  

261 - Elegant Floral Display

This piece features a typical Chinese background consisting of botanicals layered between a sheet of translucent paper and sheer fabric over a pastel colored base.  I believe this technique would be especially beautiful for a wedding bouquet.

My picture features roses, larkspur, delphinium, bridal wreath, scabiosa, alyssum along with miscellaneous fern and leaves.  The flowing tendrils were primarily from wild onion and silver mound artemisia.  It was vacuum sealed between a layer of mylar and glass and topped with 99% UV conservation glass for added protection.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Pressed Flower Creations

I have been very busy creating in preparation for my summer show season which starts at the Keuka Art Festival in June.  Here are a few of my recent creations which are all for sale.  All three have been vacuum sealed with 99% UV conservation glass for maximum protection.  The frames are 11" x 14".
#268 - Hydrangea Feast (made with real butterfly wings)
#262 - Magical Garden
#270 - Fall Colors