Friday, August 14, 2015


Drawing challenge 173
Oh my heart...

I ask that you use your imagination here please! This will be a paper mixed with plantstuff sculpture when it is done. I've started out by doing a paper cast of a heart shape from a metal chocolate mold. Inside I've stashed some burning bush leaves (I do not know the proper name of this plant.) The paper used is Japanese hand made and embedded with flowers. I made a ring shape using a stem of a hedge that has really sharp spine needles and when they dry hard believe me they can draw blood. I've been using these for a few years now for bird beaks so have poked myself and drawn my own blood more often than I care to admit. I have to allow the stems with attached spines to dry and it takes months really. But I wanted to show you what a ring looks like, and what the stems/spines look like. Picked only two days ago they've gone from light green to brown already. As they age they will lighten up to a warmer brown color. I drew a thorn crown on a sheet of drawing paper to just kind of give a feel to the visual, but it got lost in the crowd of things on the page. My idea will be to do about 3 wrappings of spine stems and so the spines will be poking in all directions and I hope to be able to commandeer the spines to act as legs so that the paper heart will be kind of floating amidst spines. It's a kind of bleeding heart. A sculpture. Anyway, it's an image of an idea I have and in the end will take on its' own image I am sure. Thank you kindly to lovely Nadeschka for inviting me to play this week. It was fun. For more 'image' themes, click on the link to view. Blessings! N, x


  1. Well done Norma. Oh, I can just imagine the thorns. I was just starting to think about picking some sloe berries for some sloe gin. Their thorns are similar. Oh boy, watch your fingers on those thorns. Brilliant idea to use the thorns as bird's beaks. Hope you have a lovely weekend. X

  2. I think I will always see thorns as potential bird beaks now!
    Very beautiful sculpture in progress - look forward to seeing the finished "image" :)

  3. such a wonderful assortment of treasures
    all coming together to express your vision
    a vision that might change each step of the way
    enchanting to see
    i hope you share it with us when it is done.

    thank you for your beautiful message ~

  4. beautifully done Norma - the image you have created with your words is a delight, and I can see the finished piece in my minds eye. It is beautiful! I hope you share images of it when it is finished. I always love seeing your beautiful creations. xo Kim

  5. thank you for your meticulous description, as you always do, i enjoy just as much using my imagination and your words, towards a future result. i find the task of imagining what happens, just like in story, still very attractive, even in this world of image saturation. i find the quietude emanating from such a small enterprise endearing and reassuring. thank you for coming out to play, norma. n♥

  6. Oh my Norma, I imagine it clearly in my mind's eye. Your description, so clear, caused a gasp when you said "bleeding heart" Lovely image. xo

  7. oh yes, I can imaging, it´s gonna be beautiful!
    x Stef.

  8. ;^))
    i can imagine how it will be
    thanks to your words
    and i like that the imagine is built in my head
    while reading
    maybe even more and better
    than the image itself


  9. Thank you for a beautiful image:) Leena

  10. Love your detailed description. It tells so much more about the image. - eric

  11. Love your detailed description. It tells so much more about the image. - eric

  12. HI Norma, nice to see YOU again! I like the idea of an image of an idea of you and the detailed description and I'm for sure curious now and can't wait the result or better the image of the result.
    xo barbara bee

  13. You have created a clear image in head of a beautiful sculpture, and I can't wait to see the final image when it's completed.

  14. Great idea!!!! and hard work!!!!!!!!!!!, Congratulations!


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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