One last project with the jacarandas before I really move on to something else! I've had a bag full of pods sitting in my studio for a couple of years, and an idea of making Christmas angels from them for a lot more years, so I thought this would be a good time to put thought into action, and have these little jac-angels to go with the series of paintings at the A&C Fair.
The flowers are about all that's left of the fantastic spring display, a few scattered around the lawn and streets.
The pods are in wonderfully convoluted shapes that just make me think of wings and celestial garments - these I've sketched here are not as shapely as some, so weren't chosen to be angels (like not being picked for the Nativity play - aww!). There were only enough good pods to make 9 angels - many more than that I'll have to get a production team - they are pretty fiddly! I had such trouble trying to photograph them with my new camera - I've now got it stuck on a setting that turns them all greenish grey, though the images are sharp, unlike these that are a bit out of focus. I'll have to go find the book and read it - darn!