Falling Petals (WhiteRosesArt.com)
Falling Petals by Heather Miller Art

Title: Falling Petals
no longer available
Year: 2009
Size: 14″

Falling Petals was made using polymer clay, chips of rose quartz, and acrylic paint on a wood base.

The Story:

I created Falling Petals to submit to a show called Pink-a-Palooza.  The show wasn’t merely color themed.  It took place roughly about the time the National Cherry Blossom Festival occurs and benefitted a breast cancer charity.

When I created this, I had only lived in the D.C. area for a few years.  The Cherry Blossom festival was (and is) one of my favorite things about the area.  Doing a pink themed show around the festival practically begged for a cherry blossom tree.

The tree and the blossoms are sculpted from polymer clay.  Acrylic paints was used to accent the centers of the blossoms.  The tree was entirely painted in acrylic paints.  The wood board the piece was built on was painted with several different acrylic paints.  The lighter shades were iridescent paints that added a bit of shimmer.  The falling petals that give the piece its title are small pieces of rose quartz.

When I finished this piece, I was really pleased with the tree.  I had never used polymer clay like that before and was surprised at how well I did.  One thing that bothered me then, and that I absolutely hate now, is the background.  That bright pink is horrible, just horrible.  I don’t know what I was thinking.

Falling Petals is listed as ‘no longer available’ because I dropped it a few years ago.  The several branches of the tree cracked clean through.  I ended up prying the remaining pieces off.  I sanded down the board and it became A Question of Time.  I have (hopefully) learned never to create pink on pink on pink again.