T R O P I C A L I A : drawing the rainforest

For years I have forged every sea creature imaginable out of metal.  Every squid, blowfish, jellyfish, and octopus have been reimagined in my sketchbook and later created in silver and gold.

Lately, my surroundings have taken me in a different direction.  Florida’s subtropical landscape has seeped into my subconscious.  I am surrounded by bananas, plumeria, succulents, mangoes, and palms.  Lush foliage forms are starting to appear in my drawings and metalwork.  It’s an exciting time for me, I feel like I am on a new voyage of discovery, new forms and lines are springing from the end of my pencil.

 

I have to say, I’m looking forward to working in my studio today!

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home sweet home

We have been enjoying home since we got back from our last crazy road trip.  Settled in at our beach house, we have been spending some time in the ocean- the water is phenomenal!  Lots of shells and manatees on our last visit.  Soon I’m getting back into the studio, but I plan on making more time for us to spend afternoons like this.

 

We can’t spend all of our time in the water- so I spent a while updating our website with our current inventory while enjoying the air conditioning (it’s HOT down here!).  Check out our latest at barbaraumbel.com.