“Florida Citrus 467-1″ Mastrangelo’s Creation for Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday Exhibit: “Florida Grown.”

March 29th, 2015

“Florida Grown:”  when I heard the exhibition title, I did not think my manhole art theme could fit in.  When Googling Florida Grown, so much came up about oranges and Florida Citrus, that I knew I had to add oranges to my water cover creation.  Also needed would be light (sun), water (raindrops), soil and seeds.

For “Sunlight” I installed a fluorescent bulb and began testing colors on my foam form.

Inserting the Light, Painting the Background

Four pieces of an empty orange crate worked well for the sides. Number five crate end was cut in half and reversed for the top and bottom.

Wooden Crate Pieces Enhance the Outside

Fresh oranges from the market place were my guide for carving. Next the styrofoam balls had to be “Frosted” with Smooth Finish paintable coating.

Preparing to Carve Oranges

Preparing to Carve Oranges

I added the stem bits from real oranges and began saving citrus seeds.

Oranges, Seed Holders and First Raindrops

Oranges, Seed Holders and First Raindrops

What to use for seed holders?  I ordered test tubes, but they did not work… too long.  You will never believe what functioned as seed holders! Al took apart the components from two spring loaded toilet tissue rollers. Ah the depths one will traverse for “Manhole Art!”

Design the Water Cover

Design the Water Cover

A quick paper cut out helped me in planning the lighting pattern. Yes, Artists do use Mathematics.  The protractor was used to divide the degrees for openings to let the light shine through the Water Covers.

Cut the Openings

Cut the Openings

Color the Cover

Color the Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Ink float Paper was perfect for the back of the water cover.  A few coats of  gloss medium made the paper translucent. Glass Raindrops replaced the foam drops,appearing more authentic for water drops.

To be continued…

Water Waves Paper Backing

Water Waves Paper Backing

Japanese Ink Float Paper

Japanese Ink Float Paper

Irish Blessings for St. Paddy’s Day and Everyday from Bobbi Mastrangelo

March 16th, 2015

Across the globe, all people look for excuses to celebrate life… to add joy to their days.  And St. Patricks’s Day is no exception. People of all nationalities Wear the Green and become Irish for a Day.

On March 17th, not only do I try to wear green, but I give away “Lucky Bucks” (dollar bills encased in green envelopes). The list of recipients changes each year, but includes family members, neighbors, waiters, waitresses and any service people that I see on that day. The little gift of only a dollar, makes people smile. Some save it forever and others try the lotto with “The Lucky Buck.”

In addition, I often add my “Irish Blessing” post card signed in green ink.  If you have received a Lucky Buck, I would love to have your comments.

“Irish Blessing” (Ballinasloe Water Cover)  21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

“Irish Blessing”
(Ballinasloe Water Cover)
21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

The Creation of The Irish Blessing Sculpture Relief:

My young friend, Helen Anne Gately, gave me reference material on The Ballinasloe Water Valve Cover located on a sidewalk near her Father’s hometown in Ireland. Not only did it feature a handsome Celtic Pattern, but it also had the Gaelic Word for Water,“Uisce.”

Wear’ in of the Green and Irish Customs have always been special to me, and the beautiful cover inspired me to create a related sculpture. Capturing and executing the intricate design was a challenge. The chalky rubbing was smudged, so I had to refer to Celtic Design Books to recreate the pattern maze. Glue and sand reinforced the delicate thin walls of the sculptured relief cover.

Irish-Blessing Cover

Celtic Water Valve Cover (2002)

The piece had already been named “Irish Blessing” and was supposed to be hung the next day at The Neighborhood House in Setauket, NY. I worked on it till the wee hours of the morning. As I entered the bedroom, the dimmer light went on, paused and went off. Now mind you—I never touched the switch. You see, the sculpture, “Irish Blessing” is somehow vested with mysterious powers. And if you should happen to touch it, you also will have Special Blessings.


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