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A journey to the Minnestota State Fair Crop Art competition

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"How's that crop art coming along?"
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Previous diaries:

Katamari 2007.

Soapy the Chicken 2006.

Maggie Cheung 2005.

Note: These are large downloads.

I also did another piece for the 2007 Minnesota State Fair Crop Art competition. It's based on the "We Love Katamari" video game. See that diary here.

On this page is a record of how I did a portrait of Lillian Colton, based on her 2004 self-portrait.

--David Steinlicht

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Monday, August 20, 2007


[10 SPACER]

Filling in the wild rice on the jacket. And that's it. Should have put more seeds around the lettering, but there was no more time. Done and not quite perfect is better than not done and possibly perfect. Time to take this picture to the Fair.

--2.5 hours
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Sunday, August 19, 2007


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Navy beans for teeth. I cut the beans to size with an X-acto knife. Nibbled each one down until it fit and looked right.

--1 hour
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Amaranth lettering.

--1 hour
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Wild rice.

--1 hour
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Wild rice. Lining it up to suggest cloth of some sort.

--1 hour
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Alfalfa.

--1 hour
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Alfalfa.

--1 hour
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Paint and some canola seeds on the jacket. I'm entering this in the "Special Occasion" category, so I can use paint for the background (I think -- I hope). They send a rule book every year, but I don't read it every year.

--1 hour
[20 SPACER]


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Eyes with red clover for the iris and celosia for the pupil. Lips using red clover.

--1 hour
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Done with the millet. Put in the wheat berries for eyebrows.

--1 hour
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Saturday, August 18, 2007


[10 SPACER]

Millet.

--1 hour
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Millet.

--1 hour
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Millet. I'm putting the millet on in curves to imitate the contours of the face. The curves don't have to be accurate or sophisticated to add to the illusion of dimension. Just having a curve there where the cheek or chin is makes it look nice. It almost looks like an engraving, I think.

--1 hour
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Millet.

--2 hours
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Friday, August 17, 2007


[10 SPACER]

Millet. Am I going to finish this in time? Sure doesn't seem like it at this moment, does it? I'll keep at it, though!

--1 hour
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Millet.

--1 hour
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Finished up the hair, on to millet for the face.

--1 hour
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Wheat berries.

--1 hour
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Wheat berries.

--1 hour
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Thursday, August 16, 2007


[10 SPACER]

Wheat berries.

--1 hour
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Wheat berries. I'm placing the berries so the side with the division is up. That way, perhaps they suggest hair strands.

--1 hour
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Birdsfoot trefoil for parts of the mouth. Starting on wheat berries for the hair.

--1 hour
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Paint.

--0.5 hour
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Amaranth.

--0.5 hour
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


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Amaranth.

--1 hour
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Wild rice.

--1 hour
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007


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Wild rice.

--1 hour
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Canola.

--1 hour
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Painting.

--1 hour
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Painting.

--1 hour
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[tiny seed] Images on this page ©2007 copyright by David Steinlicht. Self Portrait ©2004 copyright by Lillian Colton. Crop Art web site ©2007 copyright David Steinlicht. Use of these images without permission is prohibited. Questions or comments? Write to steinlicht@pobox.com.