Monday, January 15, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Concept and Inspiration

Concept - [Botanical Bioforms]
1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences.
2. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.
3. A scheme; a plan.

Inspiration - [Wildflower Meadow]
1. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
2. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
3. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.

So far the progression of the Botanical Bioform series has involved a lot of thinking (Concept) and examining my meadow photographs (Inspiration).
The next step is to get organized and begin structuring the creative process. After sifting through thousands of my inspirational botanical photographs I have finally narrowed it down to a set of 50 images to work with. These are photographs of plants (seeds, pods, blossoms, leaves, etc.) that I have taken in my meadow and the surrounding woodland areas, as well as images collected from my favorite seed catalogs. The final 50 pictures have been chosen based on the following aspects: variety of shape, form and texture. The choice was also determined by the various life cycle stages each plant/object represented and lastly, the photos were selected based on how well the plants/objects worked together as a body/collection. This set of 50 images will serve as the primary reference used to create the drawings that will serve as the Building Blocks for the Botanical Bioform series.

Here are a few examples of the botanical photographs I plan to use as reference for the drawings:

Are you inspired? :)

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