Several years ago when I returned to my home state of Alabama I took a short walk through some familiar woods near an old home place. Traipsing up a mountainside, boots on to avoid the revenge of hidden rattlesnakes, I came across an old fallen tree. The leaves were gone; rot had taken over with the outer bark pitted with worm like holes. “From the decay of the trunk”, a lone flower grew. Not over four inches high, not a daisy or sunflower, just a tiny flower created from the dust of the rotted tree trunk. I took a picture! Later when I returned home and pulled it upon the computer, the fall leaves gave it a blurred effect, yet the little flower stood alone. Not knowing the origin, I instantly thought of a name I would have given it, “Wormwood flower”; the title stuck and I begin to sketch an image of what I remembered with the help of the photograph. The piece is all acrylic with a technique using “salt” to create some of the special effects on the surface of the painting. Thus, I give you an “Alabama Wormwood flower”.
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6 thoughts on “The Wormwood Flower…”
Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
Thank you so much for the reblog. Ann
your welcome, that was a great piece of art!!
So simple and gorgeous and from Alabama! My kind of flower! 🙂
Very cool image! Care to reveal any more details about your salt technique?
Jim Sent from my iPod
Jim, I read about the technique several years ago but never tried it…simply…take a fine pouring salt shaker and while the painting is wet sprinkle where you want it. I did small amounts in various areas; but the inside of the flower over the darker paint I applied it lavishly. I took a risk and did it on the “painting” for the first time, got lucky I think! I would suggest to lay a strip of paint down and try it first. Good luck, and thank you for your comment. Ann
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