Posts Tagged ‘oak’
a new work with binaries – acorn caps and pollen
I was out poking about in some semi-abandoned parkland near the lake recently (as you do) and started playing with the acorns. The caps in particular attract my attention. Just picking some up puts you in a bit of a playful mood. Is that because of cultural memory of acorn caps as fairy hats in children’s stories? The shape and form are certainly evocative of human craftsmanship in miniature – like a wood-turned bowl.
Then there is the binary – you see I seem to like anything that encapsulates a neat little binary – like the ‘black and white’ post a few days back. Perhaps a little more subtle in an acorn cap – but I think that any sort of vessel like form always has an element of inside/outside about it, and this is reinforced by the contrasting rough and smooth surfaces. The lightness of them is so satisfying too. They are woody in feel but so finely ‘made’ that they are very light. I guess that’s what made me want to float them.
While I am writing I’m thinking more about fineness and lightness and I think that might be at the crux of why I enjoy acorn caps. I am realizing that I am often attracted to things with these characteristics. When I was making lots of handmade paper years ago, it was always the thinnest possible paper that I was trying to achieve. Same as when I did ceramics – If I was doing bowls or something I would always be trying to make them quite thin – though my abilities and experience with ceramics usually wasn’t quite up to it so most of them collapsed in on themselves.
In my printmaking too, the marks I make tend towards the fine rather than the bold within the range of possibilities for the particular method being used at the time. Well enough of my introspective rambling, back to acorns. While the cap intrigues me most, the seed itself has it’s own joys and possibilities.
And if you love acorns too, then check out this beautiful little craft item.
Leaves featured pretty heavilly in my ephemeral work durring autumn, but have been featuring less frequently lately. They have, however, been making their way into the studio more and more. Leaves have been getting drawn, drawn on, printed on, and printed with!
And then after that they sometimes make their way back out of the studio again – altered, yet still simple leaves, taken back to the source.
Did some shadow tracings in chalk today. Firstly the bare branches of an oak tree on the curved wall on University Ave. It was sunny and warmish today so I began to think of the arrival of spring and added some nice green leaves. A playful fond memory here in the middle of winter.
Followed by a tracing of the shadows of the main trunk and branches on the ground. With both of these works and with other shadow tracings I have done before, it is always surprising just how quickly the shadows move. By the time the drawing is finished the first parts are already way out of alignment, so the drawing can never perfectly replicate the shape of the shadow at any one time. Then of course there are clouds. An annoyance when the shadow disappears and thus interrupts the drawing time, but great for photographing the finished work with the “source” now removed.