Seeds on a cultivated Japanese maple tree caught my attention in town yesterday. So many subtle shades of pink and green. The leaves on the same tree were also rich and regal going from deep burgundy to a golden olive. The desire to work with them overcame my resistance to picking vegetation in public places.
I found the perfect spot to work in terms of colour and lack of wind... but this piece was very difficult to make. Every little tuft of the moss underneath diverted the winged seeds this way and that... still, it was such fun to try and get some sense of order out of them. They WANT to create linear patterns. It was hard to coax them into a circular formation, but once they got going, everyone fell into the rhythm and things began to take shape.
Of course the sun disappeared just before I finished, hence the rather subdued colours... but they are nice enough. I left the sculpture out overnight. I'll see what remains tomorrow... perhaps there will be some warmer light. I'll keep you posted !