Day 25: Art Resolutions-Sumac on my mind

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study for each day of the year. Welcome to day 25.

Execution of the studies has slowed a bit by being under the weather, but still awash in ideas. At this, literally, 11th hour I am sitting in bed and thinking of sumac. The Staghorn sumac is prevalent in southern Wisconsin and I have always loved it. There is a very Asian aesthetic about it–angular and organically architectural. 1% bonsai. Frank Lloyd Wright pays homage to the sumac in murals, stained glass, and other signature architectural accoutrements in his work. I especially remember its forceful voice in the dining room design of his Dana house in Springfield, Illinois.

I think this study may end up in a motif border of an autobiographical painting or perhaps a fabric print. I don’t know, but it has evoked ideas about using a textured shading line in a new way to define other aspects of a drawing or design.

sumac 2


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 25: Art Resolutions-Sumac on my mind

  1. Bea Neal says:

    This would look beautiful as a carved stamp too. 🙂

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