Masks on a Garden Wall

During our visit to San Diego in July my daughter, the art teacher personified, devised a summer project to create masks to hang on her garden wall. The idea was to paint a face on discarded ends of palm tree fronds.

As a palm tree grows, the lower fronds die back, harden, and can be removed.  It turns out they can make excellent bases for creative and artistic renderings of faces and masks.

My daughter enlisted every member of our extended San Diego family (except the baby) to take part in the project, with family members from age 10 to 84.

Here are two of my favorites, which are followed by a slide show of the others:

A well known Christmas show figure by my daughter

A fish by my granddaughter-in-law, perhaps looking for Nemo?

Click the arrows to move through the slide show:

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It was a wonderful project to get us working together and see our creative juices bubbling. Which one is your favorite?

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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16 Responses to Masks on a Garden Wall

  1. The the masks are very cool. I need to look for some palm fronds.


  2. lindamcalex says:

    I like them all; but in partial to the owl and elephant! Good Job, John and Company!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


  3. anne leueen says:

    Very nice! Such colors and expressions!


  4. Cathy says:

    How lovely! They are are all pretty ingenious, but I do rather like the elephant best. Which one was yours?


  5. These are great! I think the owl is my favorite.


  6. bittster says:

    I somehow missed this post back in September! You have a talented family with quite a few masterpieces. What a fun project to entertain the family with!


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