Last weekend I took yet another workshop and learned yet another new thing that I am excited about making. This time, I went off to San Juan Island and spent a beautiful day outdoors making concrete leaves. It is a really fun process and wonderfully tactile, even though rubber gloves are essential. It starts with making a mound of sand, then laying the leaf on top of that. The really fun part is mixing the concrete and then laying it on the leaf. It is earthy and sensual to feel the cool, mushy concrete as it gets molded onto the leaf, moving it and shaping it to the desired thickness with the right contour.
There is a lot of potential for these leaves. They are fun to make and fun to paint. And I could see getting really wild with colors and shapes that have nothing to do with the natural world. A purple leaf with yellow dots for instance. We’ll see.
I keep learning new things that I want to do, and then feeling panic when I don’t have enough time to do them. Or to do them justice. Or to do them at all. Somewhere along the line, it has to stop. Yes?
For now, this leaf looks right at home in my garden. At home in my garden, outside my house where my cats and lover live, near my studio where I want to be. When I’m not off taking more workshops, that is. Oh you mean like the wonderful mini wire basket that I’m going to learn this weekend?
But after this, I swear I’m staying home!