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Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:07 pm
by Nick Ellingworth
It looks awful, absolutely awful so it's a perfect piece of modern art :wink:

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:13 pm
by More_Cats_Than_Sense
Certainly different :D I think it will look rather good in its final setting :D

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:35 pm
by Simon Andrews
I've attempted modern art.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :shock: Your pizza is shaping up nicely Jon :D

Simon.

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:24 pm
by Steve Bennett
Take no notice Jon, it looks great :) I can just picture it with a box hedge around it.

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:44 pm
by Jon Randall
That's the thing about art, one man's like is another man's dislike 8)

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:09 pm
by Jon Randall
Ok the next stage is the one where I'd like your opinions.

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It may seem drastic but the idea is that the topiary screens the view of the shed at the bottom of the garden from Tetley grange itself. In reality at a show you will be able to see over the hedge as you get closer.

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It should also encourage viewers to look for other angles such as through the door

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and around the back

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So what do you think :?:

View block or view blocked :?: :?

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:23 pm
by martin
if the hedge was to have an aperture/door?

It's certainly different - so it gets my vote!

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:24 pm
by Steve Bennett
Think I would lower the height of the hedge a little Jon and the fancy topiary in pots/urns at each end. It feels a bit large for the small area, just my opinion :wink: .

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:11 pm
by Simon Andrews
I think the hedge is too much. As previously suggested, something lower with a viewing apperture would work better.

Simon

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:38 pm
by More_Cats_Than_Sense
OK, my Ha'penny's worth. I like the idea :D but I do think that the hedge is a bit large, especially with the topiary on top. My (only mine you understand :wink: ) thought would be to lower the sides a bit, and have the sculpture sitting under an arch in the hedge, the arch would allow a view of the shed past the sculpture. The ball topiary could still be used, can't see a place for the peacock though :(

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:52 pm
by Jon Randall
Yeh thought so :wink:
So I've had another play.
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Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:05 pm
by More_Cats_Than_Sense
Jon Randall wrote:Image


Round the arch off a bit both above and below and you'll have what I saw in my mind :D

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:19 pm
by Jon Randall
I had another idea earlier, move the front to the back :idea:
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Or going back to the first draft

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Without topiary

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Or to the side.

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Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:46 pm
by foswaldy13
Jon Randall wrote:Image


This is my favorite, it keeps your original intention of using the hedge as a screen, but the hedge is small enough it does not dominate the layout. I like this one alot.

One more idea to try would be to remove the hedge under the topiary. Keep the center portion, just get rid of the small "wings" under the topiary. Hopefully that makes sense, if not, too bad. :lol: :wink:

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:50 pm
by teetrix
Thats my favourite

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And the bricks on the ground were great - as terrace or as a little garden way in the lawn.

Michael

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:16 pm
by martin
like the one with an aperture... people will be peering through that at exhibitions!

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:18 pm
by scott b
The one with the hole gives the layout a lighter feel but also a bit more drama as you can peek through, and the different levels give it some added variety as well.

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:17 pm
by Jon Randall
Agnother go :lol:
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In between making snow I've also been playing with the bricks. As received the bricks were too uniform in colour. I gave them my usual wash with GW inks but unfortunatley they dried before soaking in. However I did have a black toner cartridge soaking in cleaner so I dropped a few in overnight. This led to other experiments, the results being below.

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From left to right.
Natural
PVA/water wash
Good coating of hairspray
Yellow printer refill ink left overnight
Black printer refill ink left overnight

Terrible, terrible photographs. :oops:

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:29 pm
by foswaldy13
Jon Randall wrote:Agnother go :lol:
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I like it Jon. Thats even better than the one you posted yestery. Has a little "softer" feel to it.

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:33 pm
by Steve Bennett
Jon Randall wrote:Agnother go :lol:
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Yup, I like that, though I would move the topiary out a bit further, maybe having the outside edge in line with the edge of the base part, or am I being too neat.

Interesting results with the bricks, think I will give that a go myself, if I ever find the box of bricks again that is :roll:

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:36 pm
by More_Cats_Than_Sense
Jon Randall wrote:Image



That's closer to what I was thinking of, but in my minds eye I had the sculpture under the arch and the topiary closer to the ends of the hedge :mrgreen:

How do you think it would look if the topiaries were only a single ball?

I like the concept of the look though :D

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:17 pm
by foswaldy13
Ill second that, try just a single ball for the topiarty. I thought of suggesting that yesterday, but since I know nothing of topiary I decided to bite my tongue. And it hurt. :lol:

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:21 pm
by Jon Randall
Thanks for your views 8)
Steve Bennett wrote:
or am I being too neat.


I think neatness is the aim for topiary :wink:
More_Cats_Than_Sense wrote:
in my minds eye I had the sculpture under the arch

I thought that too but when I tried it half of the sculpture was blocked from a standing position. I may build a lower pedestal.
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and the topiary closer to the ends of the hedge :mrgreen:

They weren't precicely placed :roll:
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How do you think it would look if the topiaries were only a single ball?

I'll try it over the loooooong weekend 8)
foswaldy13 wrote:
but since I know nothing of topiary

Gnor do I, but with Google Images :D In fact the only hedge I've owned I cut it down two weeks after moving in :D
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I decided to bite my tongue. And it hurt. :lol:

So can you only go :P :?: :lol:

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:24 pm
by Jon Randall
Here's the general :idea: for the bricks (I've run out :oops: )
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I've done more yellows and I'll mix in more naturals and less blacks in the final version.

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:25 pm
by Nick Ellingworth
Looking good the variation really sells it.