Our Organic Art

Nothing fascinates Art, Thistle & me more than the incredible things Nature produces (although Thistle tends to be less selective in her interests). We are always finding some perfect stone, a strange piece of driftwood, fossilized seashells, etc. etc. etc. and these pieces frequently find their way into our own organic artwork.

“Oysters by Candlelight” #1

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in ALL Unleashed Posts, Gallery-Seabowls, Our Organic Art | 1 comment

“Oysters by Candlelight” #1

“Oysters by Candelight” #1 is a unique “sculpture” in an ongoing series of smaller Seabowls that allows candlelight (real or artificial) to glow  and flicker through unexpected places. These pieces grow primarily around the discarded shells of the large Northwest Pacific oyster.  These wonderfully unusual oyster clusters (from consumed oysters) often incorporate rocks or other shell bits, with each shell and/or cluster forming its own distinctive and entirely natural sculpture with its own “personality”.  It is this quality that I want to capture, the...

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“Oysters by Candlelight”#2

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in ALL Unleashed Posts, Gallery-Seabowls, Our Organic Art | 0 comments

“Oysters by Candlelight”#2

“Oysters by Candelight” #2 is a unique “sculpture” in an ongoing series of smaller Seabowls that allows candlelight (real or artificial) to glow  and flicker through unexpected places. These pieces grow primarily around the discarded shells of the large Northwest Pacific oyster.  These wonderfully unusual oyster clusters (from consumed oysters) often incorporate rocks or other shell bits, with each shell and/or cluster forming its own distinctive and entirely natural sculpture with its own “personality”.  It is this quality that I want to capture, the...

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“Barnacle Bay”

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in ALL Unleashed Posts, Gallery-Seabowls, Our Organic Art | 0 comments

“Barnacle Bay”

Barnacles are a common site on Pacific Northwest beaches, and I am endlessly fascinated with them. The different colonies and “clusters” that I find are almost always i the company of the blue or bay mussels that are so plentiful o the Oregon coast.  Each cluster has its own “personality” and wants to be used in a particular configuration, with each piece evolving and “growing” as the shells, barnacles and various bits of coastal  flotsam  & jetsam  take form in the piece.  Natural seaweed meanders around & through the 18″” x 7″ x...

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“Metamorphosis”

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“Metamorphosis”

A giant seaworm tube formed the starting point for this Seabowl, and this piece is designed to accent the unique fossil it is built around.   As the resident seaworm grows, so do these tube castings of chitin, and this tube casting is probably 150-200 years or more old.   I start with the organic magerial, then the Seabowl “grows” around the shells or fossils.  Seabowl measures 17″ x 8″ x 15″ and is an interesting vessel for holding other coastal “finds”.  Mixed media – natural seaworm tube casting, wire, plaster, handmade papers.    ...

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“Beginnings”

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“Beginnings”

This piece was totally inspired by the incredible Nautilus seashell.   The intricacies and mathematical symmetry of this organic form speak to me of the mystery and sacredness of all life.  For me it is the irrefutable evidence of a Universal Intelligence. The “Beginnings” Seabowl  is finished with a natural “crazy vine” handle.  “Beginnings”  measures 16″ x 4″ x 11″ – & is a mixed media melding of Nautilus, wire, plaster & handmade paper    ...

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