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a glass prairie...the installation

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer A Glass Prairie photo by Larry Sanders"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." -- William Shakespeare

A Glass Prairie - the installation!  The individual flowers are lovely, but I think the impact is best as a grouping.  It will be shown next at the Evanston Art Center's Faculty Show January 16 - February 6.  I hope to add a new flower or two by the exhibition's opening.    


common plant names....

© 2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Lewis Flax photo by Larry Sanders
"The poetry of the earth is never dead." -- John Keats

A few more flowers from A Glass Prairie.  Wildflowers have the best names.  Lewis Flax is so named as it is said to have been first written about by Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition.  

This delicate flower has the rather hefty name of White Spiderwort. Some say its sap takes on the appearance of a spiderweb, hence the reference to spider.  The "wort" portion of the name derives from the Old English word "wyrt," which means plant or root, so literally, spider plant.  First written about in the 1630's, the plant was taken back to England by John Tradescant, son of James Tradescant, gardener to King Charles I.  As a result, it has the scientific name of Tradescantia.   

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer White Spiderwort photos by Larry Sanders
Of course, one should never confuse Solomon's Seal (below) with False Solomon's Seal (last picture). They don't even look alike, so how did one get named the real deal and the other false?

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer photo by Larry SandersSolomon's Seal
False Solomon's Seal
Wildflower names are often fanciful.  I love the name Bastard Toadflax.  No, I didn't make it up. Cross my heart!  It's scientific name is much more romantic - Comandra umbrellata.  Say it aloud.  The name rolls off the tongue.  Never mind that it's semi-parasitic, deriving its nourishment from a wide variety of other plants.     

photo credit: Larry Sanders


american winecup

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer American Winecup photo by Larry Sanders
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My design for a garden with winter interest is coming to fruition.  A ring of boxwood peaks through the snow.  There may be no flowers, but the geometry is lovely.  

These days flowers come in two forms, paperwhites and work from my ever growing beaded prairie.  The above flower is an American Winecup.  I'm still working on my mastery of leaf texture, but I think this one turned out rather well.

photo credit: Larry Sanders


inspirations

Yvonee Domenge Wind Waves photo by Popejon2

Olas de Viento (Wind Waves) by Yvonne Domenge

photo by Popejon2

"Let your mind wander." --  Alfred Hair

 A few of the artists and artworks that are inspiring me these days....

Yvonne Domenge has an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center as a preview to the installation of her work in Millennium Park this coming spring.  Her fascination with geometry and love of nature is evident.  I love her round forms, but also enjoyed seeing her exploration of them in different materials - metal, wood, stone.  I'm taking welding classes, but her work has me wanting to study wood carving too.

Did you make it to SOFA this year?  I went specifically to see the glass sculptures of Luke Jerram.  You must take a minute to visit his website.  His performance work is equally mesmerizing.  My favorite is Sky Orchestra.

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Swine Flu, Series 2 by Luke Jerram

French beaded mourning wreaths once dotted the cemeteries of France.  These beaded confections caught the light and withstood the elements.  They are the inspiration behind my latest series A Glass Prairie.   Mourning-wreath-2There isn't much written about them, at least that I can find in English, but this website had a lovely example of the craft as seen at the Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia in tribute to the unknown French soldiers who died at the siege of Yorktown. 


i love gouache

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Shock Waves photo by Larry SandersShock Waves, 2010, 18" x 24", gouache on paper

"The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd."  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

New work from my Micro Patterns series!  I am in love with gouache.  I like it's quick drying time, the flat color, the way it moves across the paper as I brush.     

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Inner Landscape photo by Larry Sanders

Inner Landscape, 2010, 18" x 24", gouache on paper

Currently in the studio I'm working on a related series using circular paper.  The paper is a bit rough, but it takes the gouache beautifully. It doesn't lay perfectly flat, so in a way, they are like relief sculptures.  I'm still working on how to best frame them.  Circular frame?  Square frame?  Several smaller works combined in one frame? Don't know.  With Shocked Waves and Inner Landscape, the decision is simpler - rectangular white wood frame.  I just don't know whether to use a matt or let it float within the frame. 

Photo credit: Larry Sanders