My summer is starting with three unique projects--none of them related to watercolor. But don't worry. When all these are done, I'll pick up my brush, watercolor palette, and paper again.

Project #1

Egg Harbor, the town in which I live, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a town. For its celebration, called the "Eggstravaganza," artists submitted designs last year to get a chance at designing an egg for this year's celebration. I submitted my design last May and was chosen to be one of 50 artists designing an egg that is on display from now until August 23! On that date, the city will hold an auction. 

My design for my egg centers around the seasons of Egg Harbor. I enjoyed working on this project because I used media and materials I'd never previously tried. I painted the egg--made of polystyrene--with three coats of gesso before I began painting the scenes. I painted each scene, then used my own stencils to add animals or objects that symbolized each scene. I painted everything with acrylics.

To add more interest to the egg, I created a clay garland that wound through the seasons, also with objects that represented those seasons. I used air-drying clay and mini cookie cutters to cut the shapes, then painted them with acrylics. So snowflakes fly around the winter season; birds, and flowers in pots continue through spring; sunflowers wind through puffy clouds in summer; and fall leaves blow across the autumn season. Since the egg will be out during sun and rain, I used resin to protect its surface. That was the messiest and most frustrating part, but everything worked out well in the end. And I learned much from working with resin on a three-dimensional object!

The wonderful thing about these eggs is that each one is unique. Every artist took a different perspective when creating his or her egg. So if you come to Egg Harbor, you'll see a variety of eggs from those with simple designs painted on them, to intricate mosaic pictures with sections that expand from the egg. One artist created a turtle coming out of her egg. To see all 50 eggs, you can take the "Egg Walk," which is at least a couple miles. I see tourists photographing the eggs every day when I'm out and about in Egg Harbor.  

The eggs are about 3 feet high, and with their attractive black iron stands, they rise to around 7 feet. A gracious volunteer screwed all the eggs to the stands and then bolted them into the ground where the city placed them. 

Below, I'm attaching several pictures of my egg. Enjoy!



Next time: Project #2 (Hint: It's an animal that eats grass, and probably your Begonias, too, if you had them.)