Tuesday, December 25, 2007
It is snooowing big time.
I was talking to momma, in VA, and thanking her for thinking of me sending such a generous gift fund for supplies...She is a big fan of my art. when it began to snow. Just about the time Jen called to say the children were up.
Off to present time.
Everyone had a nice morning and enjoyed their presents.
I received the best present of all though.
A gorgeous shawl presented from Jr and Jen(my good daughter) that Jen had knitted.
This is so very much appreciated and I will enjoy this so much.
I do not know where she found the time to knit it for me. With 2 small children and beginning her accounting business.
Plus, I do not know HOW she hid it from me!
Monday, December 24, 2007
This is the time that we enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Although that should take place all year.
It is a time for cleaning up our act and making the new year plans for resolution.
Although we should stay focused all the year.
It is a time for giving thanks and appreciation for all we have and remember those special to us.
Although we should be appreciative all through the year.
I think it is time for everyone to take notice and get back to the basics of enjoying family and making them the focus of life.
I noticed this season how so many people coming into the gallery were glum and bah humbuggy.
Feeling so pressured to be giving the "right" gift. Feeling rushed and exhausted.
To exhausted to go to the Christmas pageant at school and watch the children perform for us. Begrudgingly getting the tree and feeling resentful to have to decorate it.
I am saddened that people have forgotten to enjoy their lives.
I can recognize the symptoms.
I have been just like them in my not so distant past self.
And it is struggle to move past the rut of being this kind of despondent, grouchy, gnarly person that no one wants to be around.
Especially when we are supposed to be rejoicing and giving thanks and being appreciative.
Times are rough and I think it is only going to be getting rougher.
We (as a nation, a population, whatever...) need to make what is available satisfying.
Make it work, even if it isn't so grand and posh.
Learn to enjoy each other, not things.
I sound as if I live in a fantasy world, this will never happen. Well I know it won't never happen for everyone.
Only for the smart ones.
Have a safe season.
Best to all in the New Year.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
How exciting that they are selling.
2 of the recipients she wasn't sure they would want class.
There is the beauty of gift certificates from Emerald Artworks...the denomination can go towards artwork too.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Went to The Prairie Breeze Gallery to take Cindy some pieces of glass I worked up, cause she asked me too!
Seems like anytime I go there it is windy as all get out. It can be calm for weeks, months probably years! but just as soon as it is time for me to go, the wind will force a puff...just for me.
I don't suppose I would know how to drive the distance not clutching the steering wheel to make sure I don't blow into the other lane, or the ditch.
Cindy was having an incredible day of sales, I hope her marathon continued after I left.
I will find out tomorrow, she had called, but I missed it and when I rang back ...she must have still been celebrating and didn't pick up.
I hope she called to say she sold some of my stuff too.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday I met with a lady who would like me to do the portraits of two of the patrons in the panels being created for her church.
I won't be fabricating the panels, an artist from Custer has the task.
She asked if I can replicate the style...no problem.
So yesterday I sketched 1 of the 2 men. Today I will do the second fella and call her to set up the appointment with Father Bill. Fr. Bill has the final say of the artist to paint the portraits.
I'll post these later.
The other church in Wagner, where we are replicating the alter unit around the room with medallion centers. The sample glass arrived.
I think these will harmonize just fine.
So I need to find out if everyone on the church committees involved in financing and so forth, are in agreement that I proceed onward with this project.
The window man will have a lot of impact on their decision.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My work is selling in the galleries faster than I can make the pieces.
I went for a meeting to talk about church windows.
What could be done, helping the group make selections for designs and overall unity for theme. 8 windows comprise the surround of the chapel.
There is a lovely unit over the alter.
Has flourishes in the corners and touches throughout the design around a center that could have been a medallion but didn't have anything painted there. The 8 windows, it was decided would have the mimic of the design from the alter window and surround the room with the center of the 8 windows to have painted depictions from the bible in a timeline around the room.
This much was decided today, that and that I will be doing them!!!
I got the job!
Over the next couple of weeks I will draft the overall design and color it somewhat so they can get a feel for the finished unit.
And have samples of glass sent that might match what is in the alter unit.
From there I draft the scenes that I will be painting for the centers of their choice of bible story.
This is excellent for Janet, who will be apprenticing the job.
She is very excited to be involved and will learn so much.
She will for sure be good at grinding the glass edges by the time we are completing the 8th unit!
More to come on this topic for sure.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Hathor is the Goddess of Taurus.
I chose her for the skinny book page because I am Taurus.
The Sun is her planet.
She has the face and ears of a cow.
She carries a Si strum, musical instrument, at the bottom of the handle is the Ankh symbol, where this symbol begins.
She predates the Egyptian era.
Her sacred colors are Malachite and Lapis blue.
Like Venus, she is all about Love and those emotions. She has strong ties with governing creativity and strength.
She is patient, but has her limits.
I had bigger plans for my page however, the hospital stay limited what I could do with her. So she left me like this in her single draft stage.
Her gown is green for the Malachite influence. It is sheer as a Goddess is not shy about her "body". I think that even though she has a 'cow' influence governing her her face, she is still of our image.
Her crown is gold and holds the horns of the Bull, with the planet Sun atop. The cobras symbolize her strength.She isn't "finished", but I like what I did under the circumstances. I hope the recipients like her just the same.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
All my galleries want pieces for the Holiday season.
Being in the hospital has really been a drag.
I finally go in 3 days!!! to get this last tube out, which I will not miss a bit.
Next Sunday I meet with a church committee wanting windows.
If that goes well I might have a nice job for the winter.
Wish me luck there.
I am also writing a grant to help a woman (Janet) apprentice for learning everything glass.
I hope we get that grant, it will take her a good ways into her education, as glass is a very expensive medium to work with.
If I get the church job that will be so perfect for her to work on and she will learn so much.
So much happens around here I couldn't even begin to put it all down we are a busy bunch.
Poor little Snorty, my newest puppy to the flock, a black Labrador. The sweetest natured little thing...she was walking with Craig around the North edge of the field and went just through the fence edge and someone had set a trap (illegally), her paw got it, not terrible bad but bad enough. She is limping heavy today. I am not amused.
John, one of Craig's friends is going to try and find the culprit.
Not that anything will be done about him but, he might will know WE know all about his little no no...and will we or won't we report him.
Next post I AM posting Hathor. And her story of course.
Anyone getting her page, I didn't write much on the back because my hand had the IV hookup inserted in such a fashion that writing was painful.
I could do some painting, not much, so I am glad the pages painting for the most part were done before I had the visit to the hospital.
I am proud that I had mine mailed ON TIME.
Friday, November 2, 2007
My hand is so happy to be rid of that needle apparatus. Hopefully it killed everything it was supposed to.
After my nap I will put the finishes to Hathor and post her. I notice I get visitors but not many people say hello....I am thinking they just want the pictures.
A hello would be nice.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Mine are mailed.
Dianna (the Creamery Gallery owner) and I discussed the happenings for the book signing the Friday after Thanksgiving. I hope this has a nice turnout.
The lady is local to Platte, and she and her husband refurbished an old working farm to the 1800's period.
They have special activities like "tea's" and other social kind of programs for educating and the interested. Now if I can remember her name....
Yeah I will learn it before the event, I am professional that way.
Tomorrow is the final IV day... I can hardly wait to have my hand back. :-)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When I get home tonight, after work, then after my IV...I will spray them to seal them
then tomorrow I can pack them up and OFF they GO!
I doubt I will be doing another swap anytime soon, they are time consuming!
I need to focus on preparing and completing new work to present at the Dacotah Prairie Museum in August.
Paper Transformed by Julia Andrus arrived yesterday. Really good book for technique and inspiring for student ideas.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am glad.
Making commitments are important to fulfill as described.
I know I have a "good" excuse for either an extension, or some kind of compensation, however the rules requested that there be no exceptions, so I have NO excuses.
In the "real" world there are never exceptions to deadlines.
This is a policy that should be followed in every aspect of "doing".
These exercises are good for many reasons.
They help keep the creative juices going and trying new techniques are encouraged.
To me, they help train the up coming young artist to prepare themselves for deadlines.
I think that part of the exercise is the key component.
These may not be the reasons at all for having these swaps, other than to get an idea of what people might do.
At any rate, I will be on time.
I am not sure if we are supposed to wait to post our project to the blog, until they have been mailed off to the new recipient.
Be looking...she has turned out nice.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday morning I spoke to my surgeons nurse about the hives and itching and swelling issues involved in the drug reaction category.
Having had these reactions several times past in my long life, I knew what I was dealing with.
I took the usual remedy, and the reaction become under control but, we needed to deal with deciding which drug was the culprit.
Since the pain drug he had prescribed listed the exact reactions we went with that drug to drop.
We didn't add another pain drug, I have a strong tolerance to pain so we left it to my mind control practice to deal with that. If any more problems arose then phone the ER # and ask for the Dr on call from their firm, he wasn't my surgeon but he was going to be apprised to the situation.
Friday night I began experiencing a stronger version of the reactions and I was worried that the next step, if I couldn't get it all under control, was a visit to the ER only at this time I wouldn't be able to talk.
So, I phoned my report in to the nurse in the ER so should I need to call the DR later someone had an account of my evening. She was quite short with me and I find her unprofessional mannerisms quite offensive, for which I do plan to report to 'my' original Dr.
So, after laying awake all night to make sure I didn't fall asleep and stop breathing, I phoned the ER again to get hooked up to the Dr on call.
He phones back, we decide that I shouldn't take the antibiotic, and that his only choice now, since the original surgeons choice of antibiotic was such a strong one, was to place me on an antibiotic for which I would need to receive by transfuse in the hospital, everyday, for 7 days! OH JOY.
So that is where I am in my recovery post.
Going to the ER in town at the least, to receive my antibiotic, that kills everything nearly he informed me... so i should be good and clean when this is over with.
Update on my skinny pages, they are coming along well. There probably won't be much embellishment to them, just be mostly a painted page.
I hope whoever receives them might enjoy them just the same.
I re-read the rules and I am unclear if I am to have the pages TO Belinda by 11/1 or MAILED by 11/1?
I am going with mailed out by 11/1 cause I can make that.
well paint would be dry enough to move onward so out to the studio I go for 1 hour then, the hospital. yiipppeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It was yummy.
Later in the evening I experienced that normal burn I sometimes get, ate a Rolaids.
This time that remedy wasn't working.
Everything I tried, that worked before, wasn't.
I became sicker and sicker. Okay let's just throw up and get this over with...I did...I just know better is around the corner. NOT!!
I became sicker and sicker. I am now thinking it is appendicitis and time to visit the ER. Craig takes me to our small town Hospital, that isn't equipped for surgery, so I am ambulanced to the next larger town and they examine me.
After the battery of test, ex ray, blood withdrawal...and that is considerable. They decide Gall Bladder, and it isn't pretty.
Seems I have had this problem many years and ignored that "official" treatment was needed, I can't believe they don't recognize Rolaids as treatment!
So I am prepped for surgery...where I meet the anethesist (I am having issues with the spelling of this word), whom is quite "chunky" and he has the nerve to call me "obese" in front of me no less.
I did politely, correct him 2 times as a matter of fact, PLUMP would be the correct term. !
But, I was a good patient getting all the tubes inserted and plugs where they go, and surgery proceeds.
They tell Craig, and I find out today show HIM pictures, of the scenario.
I have yet seen any pictures.
The Gallbladder was totally fried, hasn't been "in" service for a LONG time. He had to repair the duct that goes into the GI tract, and I am now mending well.
I was released last night and I am happily HOME!
Back to that anethesist...I must have been harboring a few resentments for him, apparently when I was coming out of anethseia, I decked him.
I am not a violent person, in fact I am rather sweet...not that I couldn't hold my own IF I needed to...A-hem.
Anyhow, I have to add his drug of choice to my "don't give Mary" list.
I have to say, even though I am sore from the invasion to my body, I feel so much better!
Okay, moral...don't ignore the symptoms...they only get worse. After addressing the issue, you will feel better.
Even if your issue is incurable, the 'treat the symptom' fashion will help gestate the disease on an easier level to help with the body comfort zone.
Find a decent Dr. and GO!
I am feeling rather slow after all this, and it is touch and go with the swap deadline thing (the skinny book swap). I am sorta afraid of Belinda, amd I don't want to disappoint her, the group or myself, and I firmly believe in honoring a commitment.
I am going to give it my all to get the skinny pages finished, I am very close to done.
THEN, if I really need any extra time it will only be 2 days max, and I can't see her not extending me 2 days, being as I think surgery is kinda a valid 'excuse'...we will see.
Most likely I will BE done ON time and the worrying about the deadline will become mute.
Usually I over worry a deadline and am done on time, I am sure this will be no different.
But, still she is scary. (In a good way, she makes the individual be responsible,and stimulates the creative level, actually, I believe her to be an excellent instructor) !
so, onward ho...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Looking for ways to creatively stretch the dollar or looking for ways to get into the studio and create.
Then there is always someone around the corner to upset the motion of things, and present...an "issue".
Usually they are sneaky. Too gutless to draw face to face.
Let's discuss our idiot ex-dentist still practicing in town.
She gets all bothered because she cannot replicate the apparatus that Craig uses in his mouth, therapy for TMJ, that she broke.
Craig gave her ample tries to achieve the task but, she failed.
So, Craig walked out.
She lost his files and then accused him of stealing them!
Stupidly we just blew her off. (learn from others mistakes)
A year and half!!! later she has a warrant out for Craig's arrest petty theft! of the lost file.
This has been laying at the court house for a year!!! like they do not know where he lives to apprehend him and drag him into custody.
He only finds out about this charge when he goes to renew a license and there is the charge on the books...this is not right, but it is what it is.
For which next Tuesday he has to go to court and plead his innocence.
Notice I say plead, because how do you "prove" such a charge?
Now this woman not only roams the streets, practices medicine but, she gets to vote as well.
I just can not believe what our country has fallen to become.
So, we creatively try to juggle the path of our day to day challenges.
I am running low on creative juices.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I have not had any time to work in the studio.
I have a job working at a lodge kennel. For those who don't know kennel work is time consuming.
A lot needs to be addressed to keep it up and adequately sanitized.
Dogs need a lot of attention.
These are hunting dogs, and the season is here so, most of them hunt regular enough that I am not required to give run time, which is another timely process.
We have 3 puppies that need to be worked with to teach them their lessons for manners and begin their learning for their hunting skills.
I have been trying to get all the extra duties caught up since come Tuesday the husband will be gone! and it works out that I have 3 days in a row at the gallery, then off. Coinciding with Craig's departure, leaving 4 FOUR WHOLE days of quality studio time. Which if I have caught myself up with the kennel upkeep's,
will give me but basic duties at the kennel
leaving huge blocks of time for the studio.
I have 3 ongoing commission paintings all due at the same time!
this huge block of time I am anticipating, should move me along greatly with these task.
Commission 1 is a night rough sea, due for a Christmas present., I have started this piece.
Commission 2 is for 2 mailboxes, 1 of a ladies logo
1 of a Mermaid
Commission 3 a portrait, done in collage style.
Commission 4 2 readied journals..These take longer than a person might think to get done.
Plus the 12 pages of the Goddess, for the arts swap.
In addition, I need to get Holiday pieces to my Galleries who represent my work.
Hunters arrive 3rd weekend of October and it WILL be crazy then.
I cook the midday meal, then head to the gallery in town for an afternoon shift.
Ms. Dianne is going to work up a schedule to work around my midday duties.
Thank you Ms Dianne!
I won't forget pictures this time.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
There seems to be internal bugs or something.
My guru is also trying to "teach" me how to upload my changes, that isn't going so smooth either.
My focus is creating, and it is really hard for me to sit down and work on this computer stuff. I don't see how come it can't be as easy as this format is in blogging.
My goal is to have this updated site version operating so I can show class information at least by the spring...Ann has a different goal, she is thinking within a few weeks...well originally days. There was no way I can attack this process in days, so weeks it is.
The time just flies!
Already we are ending September.
A interesting thread on one of the art groups I read in Yahoo is talking about original work. I believe within the same thread, or maybe not, is a reference to artists coming into themselves at the 50ish age.
How a gathering of application and technique is "practiced" and honed to skill up to this point and then the imaginations and working fly.
Not in these words of course but that is the gist of what I get out of the reading.
I totally agree that around 50 people come into themselves and in having a better understanding of self are able to put forth a more creative uninhibited expression. The artwork reflects a quality of passion and imagination that wasn't reflected in the artwork prior.
I believe it takes this long to get to this place.
Patience is very important when creating. By this time, patience has been practiced enough that it has a perfection of its own and is utilized within the creative vibe.
Anyway, I think this was a good discussion and should be analyzed within, meditated on, and executed.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Cindy was very pleased...if the proprietor is happy then I am ecstatic!
I did a set of salad or server plates that seemed to be the favorite. I painted a spider web on all 4 plates then shaded them so they could resemble squash coloring or light pumpkin. They did turn out nice.
She wants some more of the salad plates...not that design so much, but she liked the salad plate offering.
Took several candle vases...and that was about all I had the time to create.
They did arrive in time for the festival she is involved with and she was pleased for that effort.
We went to lunch at Cafe Teresa, a most delicious experience every time!...if you (the reader) live around the area of Mitchell, SD...or plan to travel through...GO you will not be disappointed.
Her menu continually changes. Everything I have tried has been absolutely terrific. Even a seemingly ordinary chef salad...Teresa makes it...OH MY ...it is the BEST salad ..ever.
I love delivering to Cindy...I always go hungry too.
The bowl with the 4 poster coffin "The Trap" is viewing at the Prairie Breeze for awhile.
There is a play opening called Dracula! How appropriate is that!
She liked that the bowl showed my creative side...yeah, we pretty much don't think it will sell.
You just never know though.
So, I am continuing in this work mode...and back to the studio I go.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The plates....in the previous post.... evaporated in the kiln, I forgot they were in there.
(I tend to get sidetracked)
So, I began them again.
Only I liked them not pumpkins, shaded they more look like, a gourd or maybe a light pumpkin. I did a set of 4, perfect for salads or soup...That is where I am there, a day behind because of the oops.
Thursday is my planned day to trip up to Mitchell and deliver the work I get done. By then she will probably think I got sidetracked and forgot all about this weekends event thing happening.
In addition to my studio work, and working at the gallery in Platte, I tend a hunting lodge kennel, it is nearby. With hunting season beginning, I am there a LOT.
Dogs, dogs, and MORE dogs...because We also have a kennel full of ...DOGS
Do we see a pattern here...
And I am here to let you know, dogs need a LOT of tending to.
I will be bbbusssy for a few months.
The weather has changed and it is fall now...crisp, beautiful, lovely weather...even if it rains, we terribly still need moisture. Although, I fear my worst nightmare of horrible snow storms and great amounts of that stuff gathering are going to befall US this year. The signs are there according to the elders of the township...I hope they are wrong, but it is bound to eventually become my experience. So far, during the 8 years I have been here, (according to the elders) the winters have been mild.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Cindy, from the Prairie Breeze Gallery, managed to sell 3 pieces in 1 week, just awesome!
As she concluded the call to let me know yet another piece went away and she needs MORE!..hello...I love that phrase...I managed to sell 3 pieces to a lady AND she wants classes!
Seriously, those stars were all aligned in my favor last week.
Thanks be to the goddesses.
This weekend I began to make fused work for The Prairie Breeze. There is a festival this weekend and Cindy is gearing up for the season, so I am keeping with that theme.
So far I fused and sagged 2 small vases, I use them as candle vases. These I did in falling leaves colors, cathedral shades so the light can illuminate.
I just sagged 4 small plates amber tone that will be pumpkins when I am finished adding the shading..so they get fired another time.
(For those who don't know, I work with glass when I work in the kilns)
I have a gorgeous limey green...chips I previously used in the falling leaves vases. I am thinking small serving bowl, shaded as a changing leaf. That will be 2-3 firings and all I will be able to produce by Thursday.
I may be able to yet do a couple of small boxes..we will see.
I will show pictures before I take them to deliver.
I think I am finally! on the road to discovery since the move here.
Let's hope so, I don't want to have to keep cleaning these calving barns forever!
Friday, September 21, 2007
When I first got up ..around 6 it was 80 degrees, then cooled off to 70 degrees by 8.
I LOVE the fall.
Love the changes, the wind, the smell of the earth getting ready to go to sleep. The whole process just amazes me. And I have the perfect spot from which to watch it all and take it all in. I will capture a picture and post it.
This weather has brought a LOT of people into the Creamery today (the gallery I work at in town).
All this talking and smiling is making me exhausted and thirsty!, of course I didn't stop for my drink this morning. Thinking i would have plenty of time to walk over and get one.
It always happens that way doesn't it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
It is coming along nicely.
On the yahoo arttechniques group I am signed in for a skinny book swap, the title heading of "women/goddess". My choice is the goddess for Taurus. Since I am a Taurus.
I have 4 of my 12 pages backsides painted with 2 of the colors for her. Lapis and Malachite. Her sacred color is turquoise, and I will use that color for one of her symbols on the backside. Then begin her paintings. All the pages must be originals and the same. She is of Egyptian descent, so she will have an Egyptian woman look. The rest will be a mystery yet.
Christmas is coming and I will begin pieces for the galleries representing me for the season.
I have a lot happening...and mixed into the studio equation is 'work'...so I don't get a lot of time...and I have to make it all count, I am not allowed to ...be...tired.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Vampires are secretive with their laying places, their lair. Being protective of their space they create layers. Each layer has a puzzle woven into a spell or code as its key.
If the code can't be figured out a trap is sprung, and the vampire succeeded in protecting himself.
Should the code be figured out then, another layer is opened configured for the intruder to have another round of delay and another chance at being trapped himself.
This bowl signifies that several layers have been removed and another trap is yet set for the intruder to dismantle and maybe find his object of obsession, the Vampire, laid within his coffined bed, sleeping his strength gaining sleep for power.
I named the piece, "The Trap".
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
My students were so excited to learn some new techniques.
They began a composition knowing they could not finish, and want to return tomorrow!
I didn't expect them to want a rolling class, but it makes me feel like I gave them more than they expected.
So I did my job.
I had forgotten the appreciation gained from sharing. It was nice to re-visit that emotion.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
It turned off very hot again today.
After morning dog chores for here (we have 14, English Setters and English Labradors) and the lodge kennels (another place I work, River Hills Lodge...I work in the kennels tending the hunting dogs mostly).
I didn't want to go out much more after that.
Which is just as well, I needed to set up the studio for the lessons tomorrow.
Then I thought I better practice the lesson so I would "look" smooth and have an example. Of course THEN I had to RE-clean the studio.
A call came from my sister in VA. Mom, after just recuperating from hip surgery, fell AGAIN! and broke the bone (thigh) on the same side. So now she has to have surgery again. With all the same worries.
I just finished up kennel chores. I let them wait tonight so the heat would simmer down a little.
And that is the exciting day.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I was steady busy all day with people milling through at the Gallery I work in town. It has artwork from our locals and then antique shop in the back, interesting place actually. A museum is downstairs.
The heat snuck up on us again and the campers were coming into town for a stroll into A/C!
In the mist of all these gazers 2 people are interested in stained glass classes. TWO in one day! If the others on my list are still interested...we have a class.
Then, 2 people are interested in learning backgrounds and different applicable techniques for journals or cards...whatever...they arrive Monday at 11 am.
I cleaned my studio up some when I arrived home.
THEN, my son JR has a fused plaque on his deck outside. One of his buddies must really like it he phoned and ordered one for a wedding present.
This is pretty amazing to me, the young people these days do not put a whole lot of thought into a gift, or seem to even appreciate art, at least around here.
I am cruising my favorite blogs looking at their updates and thinking...how cool would it be when someone adds my blogspot to their "interesting" list....and there I WAS!
That is a thrill.
Especially since I haven't really been building an interesting site.
I was feeling the love though.
My new goal and focus is to PARTICIPATE more in challenges. I often just run out of time. And periodically I actually get commissions, but we will see where I go with my new found inspired self.
I really enjoy reading every ones thoughts and daily trials their artistic endeavors...and in general I just feel like I had a visit with the individual. So, I want to try to be more reflective of me. How my day is or a thought. (I have them on occasion, generally forgetting it immediately). What I am experimenting with..so you, my visitor, might learn about me. Not just see a piece I fling up occasionally. This is my second personal challenge.
I will begin in the next entry...we don't want to get too carried away right off.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This invitation will include all mediums, not just glass. She wants 4 new panels to represent the glass venue. No theme. We are keeping it eclectic, with maybe small themes within the display.
This is an honor for any artist.
Being invited to show at a museum is a thrill in itself.
Being invited back is a staggering accomplishment.
I am extremely honored to be presented with this gift of acknowledgment.
If anyone reading my blog does happen to travel through Aberdeen in August of 2008, please stop in and have a look.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
The plan is to use rusty barb wire for the "trail". I am building a shadowbox frame. I didn't have any acrylics (but this has been remedied) so for this composition I used oils and they are slow to dry!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Image transfers are really soft looking. This is a full portion of the creek on our property. I did three layers of medium onto a piece of canvas, drying each layer. Then put medium on the image and placed it onto the area where the medium had dried on the canvas and brayered it on and let it mostly dry. I am not sure if it was totally dry, then carefully peeled off the photo paper and there was my image left.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
open to arguments, ideas, or change; "receptive to reason and the logic of facts"
ready or willing to receive favorably; "receptive to the proposals" [ant: unreceptive]
of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system; "sensory neurons" [syn: centripetal]
able to absorb liquid (not repellent); "the paper is ink-receptive"
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Sunday, June 10th Cindy and Clay Gregg, owner's of Prairie Breeze Gallery in Mitchell, South Dakota hosted an Art Faire, on their farm in Letcher, South Dakota. After several weeks of strong storms, the day turned out terrific, a little 'breezy', (which means strong winds here)and a bit warm but, no rain.
Art Town was set inside the Gregg's shelter belt (tree grove). There were 25 attending artists represented of their Gallery. Live Jazz music, from a local group as backdrop for the some 200 visitors.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
This piece has the frit added until the color saturation was the opacity I was looking for, (achieved with many kiln firings) the blue and yellow, swirled. As the slab developed it was taking on a flow.
We have gone through several years of no flowing creeks where I live, in South Dakota. When we received many inches of rain. The run off has filled the creeks.
The swirling pattern in the slab reminded me of a flowing creek.
To enhance the flow I added powdered frit to give it a little more depth.
The dragonflies wings were stamped using finely ground glass in powder form and mixing a binding agent and fluxes to the powder, creates a stain. To use as paint.
This is fired into the glass and permanent. The bodies are glass frit. Sagged into a mold to get the shaped vessel.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
For the background I blended inks.
The fish and river rock are hot and cold pressed watercolor paper stained with ink and paints. The grass is fluffy yarn.
The color from the picture isn't near the brightness of in person.
I am pleased with this as it is the first canvas/paper compilation in many years.