Thursday, January 21, 2016

thursdays


It's raining cats and dogs today
- a good day for art -


Drawing practice above
(birds beginning with "A")

And linoleum block printing below
(Antelope Hare in Arid Arizona)

Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK Jr. Day

On his birthday, I like choosing a book to read to celebrate Dr. King's life and legacy. My parameters are that it has to be a very human story. This is turning out to be one of those books.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

etsy

today I worked on a custom order for a 
very special  return customer on etsy


she's a teacher and wanted a crown for her high school history class


she asked for a simple crown with one word :
B E A U T I F U L


to be worn by the student who needs that extra praise for their beautiful mind


I added my own little bit to the inside : 
I am truly
B E A U T I F U L
inside & out

Extra credit?

Friday, January 15, 2016

class time

I ended up not needing to go to work today,
so I focused on my class 
(see sidebar "Y is for Yellow")
The sketching assignments really stretch me
(the marmot was an example of one of those) but Carla also has us work in this larger sized multi purpose journal.
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I enjoy doodling
- combining words with pictures -
so these pages give me a brain break.
Meet the anthropomorphic avian a.k.a. Monsieur Avery

(This is my "A" page)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

tin pan alley

I have plans for these lovely metal elements 


there's something about the old aluminum


I just love it


is it that it's just  N O T  plastic?


or could it be the promise it still keeps:
 "to last forever?"


lasting so long that it is now hopelessly homely?


and completely corny?



Sunday, January 10, 2016

marmot

a drawing exercise from the class I'm taking
(See sidebar: Y is for Yellow)


Clockwise from top left:
backbone "swoosh"; blind and from memory; left  handed; "smudgie"

I picked a marmot to draw, not knowing how adorable they are. He's a fun little subject.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

calm seas

"halcyon" is greek for the kingfisher bird
 -once believed to magically calm the seas for 14 days during the winter solstice-
floating and nesting on the surface of a peaceful, windless, open ocean


it has come to mean a peaceful or tranquil time in life


this tiny photo of one of my girls waving to me is "enough to gladden any heart"
it was a happy day as she stands on the shore of a beach on Whidbey Island 
- the halcyon seas of Puget Sound are seen in the background -


How I made it:
I made this piece out of a broken Christmas ornament found at the shop I work in.
I took it apart, scratched away more of the mirror silvering material, adhered text and a photograph of my oldest daughter (at age 8) to the back of the glass - allowing those elements to peek out through the scratched out silvering. Then I made a foil pennant banner strung on wire to cover the cracked glass. The pennant lettering is made using a round hole punch and book text. The mirrored glass is backed with a blackened book cover. I then sandwiched everything and copper foiled and soldered it all around. It's about 5 inches in diameter.