Tulip Mask
Swarovsky crystals
on painted plaster
17" x 7" x 8"
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As inspired by New Orleans art and
culture (a passion of mine), this
hand-held Mardi Gras mask began in a
simple traditional domino style.  But it
did not stay there long.

The garden's annual burst of tulips
played no small roll in influencing the
final design elements: a trio of widely
open multi-colored tulips on long stems
tied with a ribbon.

And My Oh My.  This piece officially
heralds the addition of new sparkly
things to my tool box, Swarovski
Crystals.  With their appearance, this
mask becomes the latest in what I think
of as my "Magpie Series".  Like the
Magpie, I do seem to swipe and hoard
shiny things.  And now, God help us, I
have discovered Swarovski!
And the colors from
Swarovski used for
these tulips:
Fire Opal
Light Topaz
Siam
Olivine
Amethyst
Peridot
and
Crystal.

To quote from poet
Dorothy Aldis whose
work I remember
from my childhood:

Just their names are
nice to say,
Softly,
On a summer’s day.
© Ron Orpitelli 2008
© Ron Orpitelli 2008
© Ron Orpitelli 2008
© Ron Orpitelli 2008
Created in support of
AIDS COALITION
SILICON VALLEY
 
"Unmask the Mysteries"
Gala Fundraiser
San Jose, CA
June 2008