Wood Scrap Miniatures; Happy Daisy Invasion


Odd shapes of wood scraps, doodles from my sketchbooks, and a few words ripped from newspapers, (or my own handwriting if legible!), combined into collages with various effects for backgrounds. All sealed with acrylic and often also a wax finish. Meant to hang, though cube shaped ones can also sit on a shelf. Most are only a few inches wide/high. There are a couple I did earlier this year still for sale at {9} The Gallery in Phoenix, for $45 each. These will be about the same price, maybe a little higher, and will be in one or more fall shows.

The making of miniatures is a continual process, and great fun to sit and match doodles with words on days when I simply can’t work outside due to weather.

We may hit 100 degrees this week! That’s cutting in on the outdoor painting time, and it’s often windy, so no tiny collage pieces outside right now! Mostly, I use the patio table shown above for drying things, once it stays over 90. Gets the potentially harmful VOC’s out of the house when it’s all closed up and the AC is running, and things dry rapidly outside in the warm, dry air. Would be great to work outside almost all the time. There is just something really good for the soul, to be outdoors and see birds, lizards, plants, the sky, etc.


Daisy Invasion of our yard, © Cindy Schnackel 2016

African Daisies are a common flower to see here. These have all gone to seed now and been cleared away, but this is what our front yard looked like earlier this spring! We didn’t know when we moved here a couple years ago that our yard was a “daisy yard.” They just popped up. They grow on natural rainfall. If you don’t get much rain, you get fewer daisies. Where people don’t spray herbicide or pull them, they thrive once they get a toe hold. Each flower produces a seed head with at least 30 seeds, (I tried to count them but lost count when the wind kept blowing them away LOL).


5 thoughts on “Wood Scrap Miniatures; Happy Daisy Invasion

  1. Oh, Cindy! I love how individual those miniatures are, how totally one-of-a-kind. The words are an inspired addition to your images, too. 100 degrees? Already??? ::faints::
    We’re in a strange cool/wet spell, with temps in the mid-50’s – heat’s on, umbrellas are up, mushrooms are sprouting in the spring lawns. Your daisy explosion is glorious!!! Makes me feel like the sun will, in fact, come out again someday. Thank you for sharing that photo!


    • By the time the rest of the country is in bloom, we’ll be in heat and drought and everything will be kinda dead looking LOL! Glad you like the mini pieces!

  2. So cool love them!

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