Winged Spiral 2 and making a 3D “canvas” wave

These pix show how I have wired the wings to the steel spiral using brass wire. I will use Apoxie Sculpt to wrap and transition the wiring so the wing will appear to flow from the steel. Once the Apoxie cures, I’ll use a heat gun to shape the wings’ outer edge into ruffles.

The small wave form is a maquette for a larger piece, this way I can confirm the work flow to use pvc sheet in different thicknesses (1/8”working surface & 1/4” sides) to create wall hung wave forms that I can paint. The actual size will be around 3-4’ wide x about 12” tall x ??deep.


2nd Winged Spiral in the works

I’m going to try and keep these wings thin and strong. Not sure if I will create ruffles in their outside edges yet, may add some playful movement.

This material is Sintra - PVC sheet, it can be formed using a heat gun to achieve simple or complex curves. There is actually a “grain” to this stuff, it bends very well in one direction and not much in the other (think bending cardboard in the same direction as the corrugations vs against them).

Below is a tulip design I’m working on for a fundraiser / community awareness project with Parkinson Place here in Sarasota.  Sintra is such a perfect material since it’s light weight and durable. Parkinson patients are invited to paint these large tulips which will then be displayed in the community to raise awareness and eventually be auctioned off at an event benefitting Parkinson Place.

If you or someone you know might be interested in painting one, please email me at PamelaOlin@gmail.com.



The Next Spiral…

Here is the next Spiral I’m working on. This one will have different wings: thinner and in different places. Different in that they will be smaller and not necessarily all along the rod curves. Also creating them differently this time. I plan on using 1/8” thick Sintra (PVC sheet) cut in spiral and formed with a heat gun. This will give me a much finer wing and more stability with less effort.

The 2 paintings are progressing nicely, good to also have a sculpture in the works, too!


Winged Spiral finished!


Here is the Winged Spiral finished. I have it here on a Pecky Cypress base, currently unfinished wood. Not sure if this will be the final base, may be too busy. You can also see in this video the next painting I’m working on - it already looks very different :-D

current state, sky background painting (may be) done, tweaking body colors to be lighter/brighter

people shapes placed and primed

planning stages, playing with little steel people shapes in background, musculature caulk lines for texture and changing them from dark to silver

I decided this needs reworking

Here are the “in progress” pix from the latest painting/assemblage piece. As I think about this year and the new year to come, I find myself pushing for lightness. No more darkness, always go for the light, choose Happy and follow through!

This piece started as a figure in a box, pushing the limits, bound by others’ expectations. It needed to percolate for a while until I was ready to be free.

The caulk lines here will be silver when finished, to illustrate the energy that flows through us all and connects us to all living things. 

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