Today I’m continuing work on figuring out the best way to portray the influx of Hazelnut crops into the Willamette valley. Halsey and surrounding communities have their share of newly planted orchards. The above piece focuses on the actual developing nut cluster with their wild paper coverings. The current crop is on the young side. Come fall, the brown nuts will be dropping and the farmers will be gathering them up. The above hand-cut paper image is wild and full of lots of jagged cut lines. I can see some areas I like and others that are less appealing. I’ll keep working on this image tomorrow. My fingers are about done in for the day.
Not seen the real thing? The developing shells are still a creamy yellow-green color and won’t be turning brown for a bit more time. The leaves are very soft to handle.
This design (or something similar) will become part of the public art piece in Halsey Oregon. The project is part of Art in Rural Communities through the Arts Center of Corvallis.