Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spirit of Summer Dreams, 2016

I completed this piece in March, but never got a photo of it to get it posted.  So the day after our first SNOW, I'm posting Spirit of Summer Dreams!  :D  Maybe it will bring a little warmth to these cold winter days.  15"x30" Acrylic.  I hope it gives you the feeling of looking up through the branches and leaves of a big old tree, with the sun shining through the branches, sparkling and touching one with its warmth in the cool shade of the tree.

Spirit of Summer Dreams

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spirit of the Raven--Bringing The Light Out of the Darkness

I just finished a piece that has been sitting in my art room for about 8 months!  I had the background completed and really liked it, even though it is very different from most of my backgrounds.  I just wasn't sure what I wanted to put in the center of the painting.  I'm glad I waited and took my time.  

By now, if you have looked through any of my past work, you know that I love Native American Lore and have used the stories for the basis for some of my pieces.  This is one of those paintings.  It is based on the story that the Raven is black so that he could fly into the Darkness and bring the Light out to the People.  The story is lovely and is told in various ways in many of the different nations.  

Here is the 'Spirit of the Raven--Bringing The Light Out of the Darkness', 24"x24", mixed media--acrylic, white gel pen, white pastel--on stretched canvas.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Frame Making!

I am making floating frames for my larger canvases for the first time.  I am learning to use my mitre saw and a hand held router.  It has been a longer process than I anticipated, but I am on the downhill slope now.  i have finished all the cutting and routing and sanding and today I started gluing and nailing the frames together.  I bought myself a brad nailer a few months ago and it is the absolute BEST!  I had always tried to hold my frame on the edge of my canvas while holding the tack and hammering it in.  The brad nailer is like a miracle!  It also helps that my husband bought me framing clamps last year for Christmas and they work SO GREAT!  I love them.  Easy and accurate.  Here are a couple photos of my efforts. I'll keep you updated as I continue to work on these large frames.


My last 3' routed strip.  Notice the pile of sawdust to the side!

This is the completed wood pieces that have been cut to size on the mitre saw, routed, and sanded ready to be put together.

Here I am all decked out in safety paraphernalia and SAWDUST!  Who knew?

Frames glued and nailed together.

Many of my completed frames, with mesonite backing, painted, with canvases glued and then nailed into the frames.

The rest of the big frames.  It feels REALLY good to be finished with them.  Now to wrap them in bubble wrap to await delivery to the galleries!  YEA!



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Graphic Tray, 10-2016

I am experimenting with different ways to use the underglazes on my thin ceramic pieces.  I have never used bright colors until this summer and have never tried any graphic painting techniques with the glazes.  So this is all new territory for me.  I like this and am looking forward to trying some more designs.


Top of 18" hand built, VERY thin ceramic square tray with graphic design on top surface.

Bottom of hand built tray pictured above.

Cone Vessel Tripod Sculpture 10-2016

I set up the tripod for the cone vessel today and I'm pleased with the outcome.  I think I would like to do a series of these with different shapes hanging from the center.  I need to finesse the tying a little more, but other than that, I like the way it looks.  

15" Primitive Cone Vessel, hand built ceramics, raw white clay with red clay engobe (liquid clay) with texture carved into the engobe (technique known as sgraffito), lavender glaze inside.  Tripod is made out of Maple branches with twigs and leaves still attached.  Hemp twine was ued to fasten the branches together and to hang the pot.

Closer view of the cone vessel hanging within the tripod.

Monday, October 17, 2016

R.O.A.R. Art Competition, Russell, KS 10-16-16

I entered my very first art competition this last week at the R.O.A.R. Art Show in Russell, KS at the 4-H building on the east end of town.  This is a huge show of artists from all over the state of Kansas and some neighboring states.  I entered my large primitive vessel that I just picked up from the Shafer gallery in Great Bend and also took along my little pod pot since I could enter two pieces for the same price as one.  And lo and behold, the little pod pot WON  Honorable Mention in the Ceramic Division!!!!!!!!  I was so excited, especially because the first and second place pieces were very large thrown pieces of pottery.  I was very honored that my little hand built sculpture was recognized!!!  I titled the piece 'Cradled'.

I also want to mention that eight members of the Artists at Large group from Great Bend, of which I am a member, entered pieces in this show and six of the eight members won awards and one member sold a painting for $500.  We were VERY excited that we made a good representation!!!!!!

5" pod pot cradled in a found piece of wood with natural tripod base, title card from the show and the Honorable Mention (third place) ribbon.

More Spirit Plates

I just pulled the pieces out of the last kiln firing of the fall.  I am pleased with all of them and especially excited about the use of the glaze on the Spirit plates and the possibilities for the new cone shaped vessel.  Wish I could keep working for another couple months, but need to start framing my 2D pieces and getting the details completed for the solo show in January, 2017 at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell, KS--OPENING on Jan. 13th from 5-7.  Hope you enjoy these last pieces.

8" Spirit plates, front and back.

8" Spirit plates, top side only.

Sculpted face, raw red clay with turquoise glaze wiped off.

Sculpted face, raw white clay with turquoise glaze around edges.

15" tall raw white clay cone shaped vessel with red engobe (liquid clay) over outside, carved through to show underlying white clay (sgraffito), raw white clay embellishments around top edge and lavender glaze inside.  This piece will hang from the center of a 7' tall Maple branch tripod.