Possibly Chihuly Could Do It Justice
Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists. His glass artworks are often inspired by nature, and they also complement natural settings.
When I go to Las Vegas, Nevada, I always go to see the installation in the Bellagio hotel —
and I go to his two galleries there. I love them because the staff are so welcoming — when you come in, the first thing they say is, “You may take pictures here!” I’m not buying an $8000 original glass sculpture, I’m only buying a $15 calendar, but you’d never know it from the way they act.
Some close-up pictures I have taken of thistles have brought his work to mind.
I had a bit of fun playing with layers and transparencies in Photoshop, trying to see how these seedheads could look if interpreted by Chihuly.
The original seedhead is the most beautiful in my opinion. I’m not trying to copy it, but to use nature as a starting point for art play, taking advantage of the variety and richness of details that I could never come up with on my own.