5.23.2007

magnolias.


Back in February I saw the most amazing exhibit of Louis Comfort Tiffany's work. I had no idea how multi-talented he was. I pretty much thought he only made fabulous lampshades. Did you know he was also a painter?

One of the pieces that really struck me was a wall of stained glass magnolias. The petals of the magnolias were made up of opaque glass that was folded against itself and made the flowers look magical.

The next day I drew my impression of those magnolias in my pocket moleskine, and a few weeks later I transformed the drawing into a print, and yes, now it's everywhere.


I find that it's so hard to stop once you've started gocco printing, and pretty much shove anything that doesn't have a tail or heartbeat into the press to see what comes out.

A few years back, Sean bought be a small etching press. That poor little press received so little love and started to rust. One of the things on my big to-do list is to fix it up again and maybe do some monotypes on it. If you don't see me write about it in the next few weeks, please remind me. Thanks. And again, I promise not to shove anything that has a tail through there. That wouldn't be pretty.

I wasn't able to get a pic of the Tiffany Magnolia panels, but I'll leave you with this pic I took a few weeks back in the garden beside the Smithsonian Castle.

4 comments:

sheeps clothing said...

Lovely photo of the magnolias. They are my absolute favourite trees. The Tiffany panels you describe sound just lovely.

Kirsty said...

Magnolias are the best tree, I so want to grow one but I don't think it would like our conditions. Your print is lovely, I too am a gocco addict. I love this quote. " women has no seductions for the man who cannot take his eyes off his Magnolias" anonymous.

katie said...

Yes, I too am a magnolia lover! I really LOVE your magnolia print and cannot wait for the magnolias to bloom down here in the southern hemisphere. Must remember to photograph my neighbours tree this year, it is spectacular!

ThreeGreenApples said...

What a lovely shot!