I recently recieved a letter from Earl on his latest invention and thought to pass it along.
Bob Ross, the famous painter on PBS calls them, “happy accidents.” It’s when an unplanned move in art creates an unexpected and favorable result.
With less than three weeks left to go before my solo art show at Zero Degrees Gallery in Marquette, MI starting in March, I was quite disappointed to learn that there was no way I could get seven, healthy potted plants that would cover the pots in time for the show. I had already spent two weeks making the Living Tree Art piece meant to hold the pots in rings. I had no choice but to go faux against the very namesake of Living Tree Art.
After spending several hours over the course of two days searching Michael’s Crafts store, I spent $120 on faux plants and seven, 4″ Styrofoam balls. When I got home, I cut all the leaves and flowers into individual pieces and stuck them all into the Styrofoam balls that were now painted a blotchy dark brown and green. Then I jammed the Styrofoam balls onto the pin posts meant to hold the rings for the intended pots.
I decided to name it “Wedding Tree.” The display is meant for the wedding table that holds the gifts. The flowers on this Wedding Tree could just as easily be made to match the tone and color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, or colored appropriately for a completely different social event where say, fall colors might work. The permutations in design possibilities for the trees are endless. Most important of all, making these trees might open doors for a welder looking for some spare income while creating opportunity for florists to entertain an untapped market for Living Tree Art (with a twist of course).
I videotaped the entire process of making this tree including the steel plinth, and even how I put the flowers together. It will be my next webinar training program for people who want to start small before trying to attempt bigger Living Tree Art with automatic watering systems and such. This tree is 36” tall, made of concrete and steel, and could be made to any size.
Here’s “Wedding Tree.” Glad to say it will again be part of the show at Zero Degrees Gallery in March.
"The Wedding Tree"