Despite being made of cast off materials this Peony is pretty in pink! The base is a hub cap with a petal pattern that is painted and embellished with found materials; rebar pins, window screen, q-tips, toothpicks, bits of jewel bric a brac, to recreate the flower's intensely frilly center.
Inspired by the promise of spring flowers I approached this hub cap as if it was a quilt and I painted the "fabric". I then created the heart shaped center bursting with painted flowers. As a finishing touch I added smashed bottle caps. that I painted as flowers.. The crimped edges of the bottlecaps reminded me of sewn yoyos that I've seen made into quilts.
Being better with a brush and paint than a needle and thread I created my own crazy quilt of bright colors and patterns. The center is a multi dimensional blue flower created with wood and a bit of bling.
Sunny Buick is a metal found hub cap that was inspired by the sunflowers in my garden. As an artist I enjoy examining and deconstructing a flower’s elements and find ways to reconstruct it with found materials. To interpret the sunflower’s densely textured center I incorporated metal bits and pieces that I picked up on the street, window screen mesh, acrylic jewels and bits of this and that.
The vibrant colors and flowers on a birthday card became my color palette for Oh Sunny Day. I am always on the lookout for unusual cast off items at garage and estate sales and that is where I found a box of carpentry biscuits that were shaped like flower petals.
Swirls of colors and shapes were dancing in my head when I was painting Cottonwood's flower. For the center I wanted something multi dimensional to be like the daisy I was envisioning. The built up center piece is made with recycled tin can lids, wood circles and carpentry biscuits.