View Full Version : Look what I found!!!!

08-15-2003, 09:54 AM

:D I saw this on the side of the road as trash!! It's about 3' x 5' wood and will be my first large piece entitled: Ghosts.


All primed and ready! :D

Also, I am finishing up a piece on tree fungus entitled: Floating. Here is a photo of my next one in that area growing at the base of a great oak in my front yard. :D


Curiosity: Something living in a hole decorates with mushrooms. How odd....


Sooooooo...what's everyone else working on this weekending?!! :)

08-15-2003, 10:05 AM
This weekend I'm going to a life drawing session Saturday morning and then planning on spending the rest of the weekend working on several existing sculptures and starting a new one -- all in limestone. I may also try and finish up a piece I started in cedar, but I may just look at it over the weekend and work on it one evening next week.

Thanks for asking :)

08-15-2003, 10:11 AM
What a find Tam. I dig WIP's, can't wait to see where you go with this. It's almost like painting together, the WIP's.

True confession. I would have hung the original in my studio or somewhere, it had such an allure all its own. Was it old?

08-15-2003, 10:16 AM
Ice T and 50 cent? You be rappin, Tam.

08-15-2003, 10:40 AM
LOL Veronica!! I am sorry I primed her!!! Had I know you wanted her "as is", I would've given her too you!! lol

NO!! Not old!! Looks almost brand new. This is what amazed me!!! :D

Laura: *gropes self* lol rappin'

Stone: looking forward to seeing!!

08-15-2003, 11:07 AM
look forward to seeing the big one....

you should be able to really exhaust your media on this size!

got seven different ones i'm working on right now. hopefully finish one tonight:D

08-15-2003, 01:27 PM
I read through this thread about two hours ago and I've been kinda wondering about the Ice Tea sign and whether or not 50 cents was a good deal? I think finding the sign was a great deal, but would the makers of the sign thought of the sign as having value (maybe more) than the tea itself.

It's a connected world and the spirit the Ice Tea entrepenuer(sp) put into his or her marketing will now be a part of the spirit Tamana puts into her work.

I obviously have far to much time on my hands.

And what creature was decorating with mushrooms -- there is far to much mystery in this thread :cool:

08-15-2003, 01:56 PM
You shouldn't have primed it.:cool: I kinda liked the "country grammer" goin on there. Either way i expect you'll do something interesting with it.

Good Luck with it.

08-15-2003, 04:12 PM
Recycling--my favorite part of art.

08-15-2003, 07:56 PM
Looks like you found a faerie hole, Miss Tam. :D Whatcha gonna do with the Tea sign? Is this going to be a Tam wip? I can't wait to see it.
The large white shelf fungi may be Dryad's saddle. I'm not sure. Might be fun to find out, though. I heard some folks around these here parts carve them.

08-15-2003, 11:13 PM
Ordie: Seven?!!! Sheeesh!! I thought three/four was exhausting!!! Hope to see one of them tomorrow then!!

StoneCarver: How appropriate for a piece entitled: Ghosts!!!! :D '
You've got a mind like me.....(out in left field daydreaming kind). lol

Gar: I'll find your something with country grammar on it!!! I'm coordinating designs now...bit more difficult with a lot of space, but I definitely love the challenge. :)

Blk: That part is fun isn't it?!! :D It's amazing what beauty comes from the world's trash.

Aurora: I was hoping more for a leprechaun I could catch and find the pot 'o gold!! :) I don't know if I'll post it as I'm working on it or no....just depends on how it goes. :) Maybe little sections.

This is definitely tree fungus. I painted on some when I was young in Wisconsin. Most of my family still has them and they preserve beautifully.

A weekend of creations!! yeah!!

08-16-2003, 08:12 PM
those are great shots ...i love too find my supplies....4'x8'x1/8" board (unprimed) goes for about $6-8 bucks in the san fransico area so finding this sign sorta makes you happy the iced tea wasnt very good.....

08-17-2003, 10:41 AM
Lookin forward to seeing what comes next.

08-17-2003, 03:08 PM
art is a found object

I can't wait to see what happens to this surface.

It will deserve you.

08-17-2003, 04:38 PM
PALudeKing: LOL - I figured maybe a couple of kids were making extra money at a road-side refreshment stand for the summer and no longer needed it now that schools in session. :) Lucky me!!! :D

Nina!!! :D You're back! :) Missed you. She's got the preliminary design on her - she's a monster to me. But, I'm loving the challenge. Thanks for your support :)

PVRising: You may have to wait awhile, I'm not use to this size. lol :D Actually I've gotten more done than I thought I would. :)

"It will deserve you."

What a precious thing to say. Thank you.

Thanks guys for your continued encouragement and support. :)

08-17-2003, 06:08 PM
This large piece will be for your small apartement or for another generous check ?? :D :D :D :D ;)

08-17-2003, 06:18 PM
Wild horses couldn't drag this one away!!! I am also including pieces done by certain WC artists (still contacting as I draft initial design) on this one: so she's a keeper for sure. She will always remind me of where I started, and those who influenced me. :)

Perhaps you will allow me to use "Oneness"? as well? A print of course. :)

08-17-2003, 06:27 PM


08-17-2003, 09:43 PM
Tam I'm more excited about this piece than my own which is on the easel. :*) I'm on edge....can't wait for pics!

08-18-2003, 01:20 AM
Great Find Tam !! :D
So now we are all waiting with 'bated breath'...................

The large white shelf fungi may be Dryad's saddle. I'm not sure. Might be fun to find out, though. I heard some folks around these here parts carve them.

Ooo ! I was asking about these lovely fungi 'thingys' in your other thread Tam - so people carve them ? Wow! They must be fairly strong then - the mind 'boggles' :D

Now back to this thread :D Really looking forward to what you come up with :D

Cheers Dahzz

08-18-2003, 03:12 AM
"IT" is taking over my life....

This WAS once a formal dining room table shipped over from England. NOT ANY MORE!!!! Goodbye dining room!!! Helloooooo studio! lol


Some of the items you ladies may recognize...hehe: fingernail polish & remover, aussie hairspray etc. hahaha


Preliminary Design... I would put her on my coffe table but it's full of art too...


...as you can see!! INVASION OF ART....all tables covered, piano covered, mantle covered...


hehe...the floors are next. :D

I have to wonder if this is healthy...:angel:

08-20-2003, 05:41 PM

I found this foam on the side of the road slated for trash....so....I used it to elevate the initial design to give it the dimension I wanted but didn't know how I was going to achieve it!!!


All elevated and gessoed!! :D Each of the sections are 11" x 14". Now this is going to start getting fuuuun. :D Uhhh huuuhhh!!

08-21-2003, 05:11 AM
Looking Good Tam Tam ! :D :D Another Great Find !! Isn't trash wonderful? Absolute Treasure !! :D

Cheers Dahzl :D xxx

I'll be Ba-- aack :D

08-22-2003, 04:59 PM
Yahoo! Finally get to see a WIP!! :D Love seeing the materials you work with Tam and can't wait to see what develops! Fungi are a great canvas b.t.w...we used to paint on them on the west coast, they keep forever!

08-23-2003, 01:37 AM
LOL, I love it!! :D I wonder if the "little people" sleep on the mushrooms and dine off of the little tables at the foot of the tree? Can you really save those flat fungi? I have them growing all over the pile of firewood stacked outside. I am going to go harvest them and see what I can do with them. Neat!

08-23-2003, 01:39 AM
Glue/Gesso dried: Initial Framing Stain (Great Glass Staining Medium - Red base, black coat)


Individual Panel Stain (same medium) Amber - the two below it are done in Wine.


*staining mediums definitely requires adequate ventilation...

Something seems to happen when that staining is applied... it seems to take on a life of its own...and I merely follow it.

08-23-2003, 01:44 AM
Lynxes: :) thanks for being with me on this adventure!! As Julia said, fungi are WONDERFUL to work with. Here's a completed piece if you'd like to see one.

Yes yes please gather them!! There are all sorts of things you can make with them!! They are nature's canvas! :)


08-23-2003, 02:02 AM
Thanks Tam, for the link with the gorgeous pics and beautiful words. Your house and art look fantastic. I am going to go out and look at my little fungi tomorrow. Mine are smaller than the ones in your picture. I think I'll keep tabs on them and see if they are still growing before I take them off. Isn't it great to find such treasures in the yard? I also have lots of pinecones from the trees and vines growing everywhere. My husband complains that I have a jungle growing outside but I love it. :D Your wip on the tea sign looks like a winner to me!!

08-23-2003, 11:25 AM
a Saturday of creation...yay!!!! It's all lovely outside after huge storms last night...so I will be working on my terrace all day. :)

I've chosen to show you the development of a wine stained panel - so the color here is pretty accurate (sorry for the glare top left).

This is the same panel after a "remover wash", which is dipping a brush into non-acetone fingernail polish remover (much gentler than thinners etc.) and washing it in circular motion. This dilutes some of the heaviness of the stain especially in the forms you want to dominate the piece. Sometimes I scrub too hard and it rubs right through the image -- It's never bothered me - it always transforms into something else of its own. If you're afraid of losing something, then you'll gain nothing original (again, sorry for the glare...).

Then I use an acrylic wash to enhance colors.

Then it's burn baby burn. I normally just light where It says and 95% of the time it goes out on its own. There are a few times that I have blown it out, but not very many. Amazing due to all the highly flammable substances on it.

This is my first experience with burning foam...should be interesting.

The next steps will involve waxing, glue weave if it asks me to, and painting and maybe more staining and burning and adding....and who knows what else.....:) Each panel will undergo this process until it becomes what it wants to become.

Hope this thread isn't too long or whatever....just ignore it please if it is... and for those of you walking with me, thanks. :)

08-23-2003, 12:06 PM
Awesome...just awesome! I am intrigued with this staining method and the use of old photos...

More, more! :clap:

08-23-2003, 01:12 PM
Thanks, J'wels!!! I've had a GREAT day of play!! :D I had finished washing and initiated the burning of all the panels. Well, the phone rang so I blew out the flame ( or so I THOUGHT!!). When I got off the phone and walked outside...she was ablaze with sporadic flames everywhere!!!!

The mailman was standing there with my mail in his hand right over the box with his mouth agape!!! lol

I was like: "whooo hooo yeah!!!"

It's great!!! The foam burned underneath the panels creating caverns of light as you can see!!!!!

What unexpected delight!!! Clean up time!!! Cookout this afternoon!! Great friends and food!!! Hope everyone has a great Saturday!!!! :cool:


She's whispering: "yellow..." Tomorrow the sun will rise. :) Maybe even tonight. :D

Guys...I'm so in love with this process.....:)

08-23-2003, 01:31 PM
Wow Tam, that's amazing and beautiful. Looks like a walk full of wonders and discoveries. I'm so happy and thankful you are sharing with us. :p

08-23-2003, 04:58 PM
I believe Mary Riggs said it best re your process. You invigorate and renew via destruction & decomposition of the old. Or words to that effect. Tricky that, but you make it work for you as there is always something there of interest and you know when to stop. A very fine line you walk without a balance bar.

But it is results that count IMO and WOW!

08-24-2003, 05:30 AM
Amazing what you can pick up isn't it! Good find.

08-24-2003, 09:25 AM
Looking Fantastic !!

Just be extra careful of the fumes Missy Tam - says she hands on hips and :confused: eek ! seriously tho Tam I know you are being careful but that stuff - foam etc is quite toxic when burnt [ I am just being a mother hen :D ] and I love you to bits ! wear a mask and do that burning stuff outside if you can. Which you probably are but I had to say it anyway.

Enough of that clucking and down to the nitty gritty - Tam- it is evolving and doing wonderful magical things - and we are all caught up in the excitement of discovery with you! Thankyou so much for sharing this with all of us :D

I'll be ba-ack again and again and again !! :D :D

Luv Dahzl xx :D

08-24-2003, 02:43 PM
Thanks you guys!!! I'm really having fun! A bit nervous because it's like, being 'watched' but hey, what the heck...this is something I wanted to do and always remember!!!

It was a great morning of worship services and a wonderful afternoon of painting thus far. Here's a few udates with acrylics. Tried to show you the texture that the burnt foam produced...but I don't think you can see it very well ....ahh well.... you'll get the gist.

Dahhhhzzzz dahhhlin' - DEFINITELY burning the foam outside. :D You just need to fly over here and make sure I do it right. ;) :D Lurrrve you too chica...look forward to hooking up. :)

Oi Amanda!! Totally amazing!! I have zero (except for time) invested in this. I found, or was given, all materials. Can't beat that!! :D

Michael - You'll be seeing something very familiar soon!! :D When I complete the panels the bridges will be built connecting them! That's where your (and others here) art comes in!! :D Can't wait for THAT!!! It will be like a mini collage of wc artist's art!!! :D

Lynxes: A wall --- hey I LOVE that take!! :D Wouldn't it be lovely if ALL walls were wonders and discoveries instead of boundaries? :)

Paiiiiiiiiiiiintiiiiiinnnnnggggg! :D Acrylic/Stain on images on burnt foam on wood:




08-24-2003, 09:52 PM
Here are a few of the completed panels (there are 6, each one is about 11" x 14"). I have just sealed them with great glass staining medium (clear). This seals the colors and burned edges so they won't fade or flake off. I'll start the bridges to connect them sometime this week.

I have mega tests for college, a week long camp in September, and I've just been assigned to the new Dean/ Director of the college and his wife as their personal assistant. We have registration Sept 22 - which means complete revamp of marketing not to mention the Nicaragua trip in December, full time work, blah blah blah .....sooooooooo....things will be slowing down for me here.

This will probably be the last post on this one until next weekend.

This is the completed panel that I showed you earlier - the wine stained one.






Thank you for riding this wave with me. :) It's beautiful.

08-24-2003, 09:58 PM
There she is outside on my terrace. The glare really sucks. People walk at night with their pets or jog etc....they stop and watch me work. Sometimes I don't even know they're there until they say something.


Hey hey Mikey!!! Recognize anything?! :) I printed them (decided to use two vs. one) on high quality card stock today..... I think they're excited about where they're going to live.


08-24-2003, 10:08 PM
Tam, I'm :D . Keep em coming.

08-24-2003, 10:22 PM
As excited as I am? I doubt it. It will be a long week for the update. You could PM / email the update ;)

08-24-2003, 10:26 PM
looking good tam.

08-24-2003, 10:55 PM
Your encouragement is appreciated. :)

Michael, of course. As soon as I use yours, I'll PM it to you. :)

08-26-2003, 12:58 AM
Absolutely Fabulous Tam !!:D :D

I have mega tests for college, a week long camp in September, and I've just been assigned to the new Dean/ Director of the college and his wife as their personal assistant. We have registration Sept 22 - which means complete revamp of marketing not to mention the Nicaragua trip in December, full time work, blah blah blah .....sooooooooo....things will be slowing down for me here.

Whew!! You are going to be one busy busy Girl!!:confused: don't worry just post when you can Tam - :D and- don't forget to have some time for rest too !!

Luv Dahz xx :D

08-29-2003, 07:47 PM
I have FOUR days off!!! All for relaxing and creating before the bottom drops out!!! :D

She's hit adolescence!! :D I almost didn't make it outside with her because it's dusk already!!! So apologize for the sucky glare. I truly meant to get some earlier. Time FLIES when you're painting and I LOVE it!! :D Her name's not "Ghosts" any longer. Too many with that name recently.

She's now: "Decadia" :)


Here's a shot of the "glue weave", though not a very good one. It's only half finished as I have to wait until this dries to cross, then entwine in a weave. The grey you're seeing is liquid leading.


This shot allows you to see the depth of dimension I am working with. 2" in some spots.


Hey hey Mikie!!! You got digi on my oils, acrylics, glue. stain. foam, gesso, wood, etc. etc. etc. hahahah



She should be completed by Sundays!! :D Thanks to all for walking with me. :)

The crickets are singing!! :D

08-29-2003, 09:36 PM
Thanks for letting us walk with ya Tam, it's fantastic!!
Lynxes123:cat: :clap: :cat:

08-29-2003, 10:21 PM
wow that is really looking cool! makes me feel boring!!!

08-29-2003, 11:45 PM
Tam is singinging again too !:D Fantastic that you have some time off to play :D :D and your baby is really blossoming beautifully through all the recent disasters - burst water mains, Dastardly landlords and murdered fungi !

More creative time and lots of new toys to play with -Things are definately looking 'up ' again ! :clap: Wonderful !!

Can't wait for the next update :D

Cheers and Love Dahzl xxx

08-30-2003, 12:17 AM
Believe the song goes 'Swonderful its S'marvelous...

08-30-2003, 12:22 AM
:D and ..... ' Zippity Doo Da...........................'

:D :D

08-30-2003, 07:14 PM
:music:"Zippity....Dayyyy......" :music:

:D !

08-30-2003, 11:32 PM
Exhausted. It's been a tedious evening of weaving, drying, crossing, drying, leading drying, and crystalization. Here's a few more photos of the effect. It doesn't really portray the actual crystalization of the weave, but you can see it and it gives you a pretty good idea.

Looks like it will be Monday before I finish her. It's not difficult the next few steps, just tedious and time consuming.

...went up the water spout....


...down came the rain and washed the spider out.


*Yawn* Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Thanks guys.

08-31-2003, 12:48 AM
...She looks spectacular! :clap: :clap: :clap:

08-31-2003, 04:19 PM
Stained glass windows to your soul.

She's incredibly breathtaking.


08-31-2003, 06:23 PM
Lynxes & Laura: Thank you both for the encouraging words. :) Stained glass windows to your soul. I like that. :)

Today I soaked then cut up cheesecloth and sewed it through out the foam on the composition with an upholstery and curved mattress needle. I then adhered it, and shaped it with stiffner


After drying I applied pearlescent fabric paints in the main colors of the composition: Amber, Prussian Blue, & Magenta.


Now to finish off with grey leading, glue weaving, and crystalization and she'll be completed!!!! I wanted to insert more of WCr's works on this, but the printer I have access to (mine broke), wasn't available this weekend. :( So, sadly enough I couldn't.

Next time for sure...

Thanks to all who asked me to do this and all who've watched patiently wondering if I am EVER going to finish and this thread is EVER going to die (lol). It's really been a fun challenge with your eyes watching. :)

08-31-2003, 10:07 PM
she may be finished!! I know I am (for tonight anyway). I'm going to wait until morning to see...

All leading, weaving, crystalizing are done (phew finally). Here's a couple of her drying.



I need food.

08-31-2003, 11:00 PM
Looking Absolutely Stunning Tam Tam !! :clap: :clap: Beautiful jewelled fantasy ! Wow!! A real visual feast for us ! :D

Now Missy- go- eat, drink, rest- You have earned it !! :D

Wonderful Tam !

Luv Dahzlxxx

09-01-2003, 12:45 PM
OMG! It's a confectionary delight! Spun sugar and taffy and candied apples so shining and mouthwatering that my teeth ache just from the seeing of it.

Can't wait to see a complete view of her! Will you start a new thread?

Awesome, Tam! :D :clap:

09-01-2003, 10:07 PM
Completed WIP


Thanks to all who walked with me. :) I'll never forget this.

09-03-2003, 11:39 PM
OMG Tam, it is Gorgeous! Glistening, Shimmering, Sparkling, Jewellike Stained Glass Doors is what it reminds me of. I thought I saw a spun glass daffodill in there too. WOW!!WOW!!WOW!!

09-04-2003, 09:04 AM
Lynxes: Thanks for walking with me and all your support and encouraging words. It's been appreciated. You can see as many flowers, or anything else in there you like. :) Ours is a stained glass world where we don't just see through just rose-colored glasses, but rather, create our own. :cool:

09-05-2003, 05:54 AM
Curiosity: Something living in a hole decorates with mushrooms. How odd....

Oh me goodness, me thinks it's the little people!

09-06-2003, 04:12 PM
Perhaps the shrooms are their bar stools.