Tag Archives: tree series

Coffee Shop Art

Enter the coffee shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like so many many many others, I start my days with coffee. So when a chance came up to tap into this zombie, er, addicted, um, resourceful group of consumers, by hanging my art in a coffee shop, I downed an espresso and bolted for it. I’m hopeful that java sippers will look up from their laptops, books, and pastries to gaze at the stuff on the walls.

at the plug-in bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concave Canopy and Cherry Blossom assemblage, mixed media pieces.

A closer look at Cherry Blossom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the Silvery Moon, Boneyard Tree, Childsplay Tree

Color in the corners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeping Willow and Between the Lines

Mill Mountain Coffee on Starkey Road (and Ogden Road) in Roanoke, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Mill Mountain Coffee, with hope, I’ll be helping to wake the people of Roanoke.

A Solo Show

My Tree Series on display

A little theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, has allowed me to present a solo show this summer of my Tree Series. I love and support community theater and Studio Roanoke in particular.

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My tree lined artist statement

I approached theater owner Kenley Smith about showing my artwork this Spring upon seeing a wonderful bit of artwork that is used in Studio Roanoke’s marketing. I had completed a piece that is eerily similar.

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Birth

Another relevant piece shown is one that I completed on 6/29/2012, during a wind storm that did a bit of damage to our region.

Blown by the Winds of Time

During the storm, Studio Roanoke lost a Bradford Pear tree just outside the entrance. I went by to take a photo of the missing tree, and found a heart shaped stump.

For the love of theatre, and art.

There will be happenings at Studio Roanoke over the next month where you can have the opportunity to check out this solo showing of my work, and some awesome events.

Sumptuous solder

Sumptuous solder

7″ x 12″  Sumptuous solder is an assemblage in my tree series. Created simply of naturally shaped rock, wire, spray paint and solder wire, the joy was in its creation for me. I recall a time as a child, getting in big trouble because I used my dad’s solder wire to make sculptures. The texture of it is smooth and chocolate velvet to my fingers. Bending, shaping, creating with it is a sumptuous experience. The wire is so easily melded into shape, so fluid in feel, yet sturdy and strong.

I’d hoped to illicit feelings of curvacious appeal with this piece, feminine curve and grace.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Copper twist

Copper twist

6″ x 12″  Copper twist is an assemblage in my tree series. It is created simply, of naturally sculpted rock, copper tube and copper wire. The hard part for me is recreating a natural entity to the best of my ability. Paying homage to nature’s form is my desire.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Blown by the winds of time

Blown by the winds of time

12″ x 18″   Blown by the winds of time is an assemblage in my tree series. There is irony in this post, as I was trying to compose it on the evening of the 6/29/12 wind storm that Virginia caught the brunt of. The east coast felt the result in millions without power; Virginia lost six people to the storm. As I finished this piece, took its photo and prepared to give it a spot here on the blog, the winds were whipping straight through the area at 80 mph at times. Countless trees were whipped and blown, toppled and felled.

I love the texture and color of old barbed wire and rusty metal; it’s rich and full of history. This wire came from a fellow artist’s farm, and another ancient farm that used to be behind my home. The rusty metal on the base was found on a hike with my kids last Thanksgiving day in Rocky Mount, VA. They are used to me carrying things out of the woods and storing them away until needed. What? It’s only been seven months! The box that the metal covers is an old cigar box; I have no idea how long I’ve had that in the studio. Things just pile up in there, waiting to become art.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

18 1/2″  x  21 1/2″   Woodpile Tree is an assemblage piece in my tree series. Old dominoes make up the tree, hence the name “woodpile” from a term used in the game for the pile players take their pieces from. Also known as the “boneyard,” which I like better, but since the dominoes are not of bone, but of wood, I chose the more proper term. The box was a partitioned shadowbox, which I renovated and lined with a greenish blue paper to give a bit of color.

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Among the old dominoes, I found one hand made replacement piece. I love the look and feel of it and rather than it being lost among the branches of the tree, I felt it needed some attention. It sits at the base of the tree, adhered to the magestic box frame. The work can be hung, or stand alone.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Birth

Birth

5″  x 12″  Birth is an assemblage piece in my tree series. An acorn sprouts life in metal form. A silver glass ball from a candle holder, metal sheeting, wire, and bell top from an alarm clock make up the acorn. Following the theme I started, the baby tree is boxed. Natural moss lines a wooden jewelry box, adorned on the backside with an antique wooden acorn.

Birth

 

Birth

Birth

 

Birth

 

Birth

By Heather Brush. For sale.