The piece was for the Sleepy Bee Cafe, a Cincinnati breakfast/lunch restaurant. The only request from owner Sandra Gross was that it be at least 25" x 25," and include bees. I knew almost immediately that the collage would have bees buzzing around a lush garden at night, which would make them sleepy in the morning. From there, it was anyone's guess.
|Darkness reigns via endpapers from a vintage|
children's book and a black star chart.
|The search for bright botanicals begins with antique, and|
vintage prints - some hand colored/painted.
|The background is not quite large enough.|
Hmm, how about a forest border?
|A clump of irises, well into being cut.|
|More vintage prints (which are reproductions|
of antique prints) in various stages of cutting.
|Early placement of flowers, some of which need|
more trimming of their tangled roots. And, the addition of
handmade paper with leaf inclusions as the bottom border.
|The collage is moved to the drawing table, so it can be viewed|
at an angle. More possibilities pile up on top of it, including
a sheet of floral stamps (upper right), and vintage dried flower
arrangements (upper left).