Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Something else....!

Here are this week's paintings.  It's funny...I realized yesterday that I haven't painted a "Pretty Girl" in quite some time.  I'm beginning to think that illustration may be the path that I go down at some point.  Maybe a children's book?  Something to think about...

The colors in this painting are so much more vivid.  I truly hate my photography!  LOL

Now, you'll have to get ready for this one!  Hahaha!  I love this kind of stuff!  Everything is painted except for the face of this odd little girl I call "Nest Thief" and the nest.  Her face is handsculpted ceramic, glazed and painted.  Her teeth are sculpted separately and inserted so that they are 3-D.  The nest is wire and beads and actually swings by a nail.  Her hair is a combination of clippings from a friend's poodle and wool straight off a sheep!  I know...I am so weird!  I'm okay with that!

I'm finishing up the chains on the pendants, they are coming along nicely.  I did a few bracelets as well but they aren't quite ready yet.  More soon...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Super Exciting News!!!

I have been holding onto a secret!  I have been writing articles for the Stampington Company for a little while now.  The first of these articles just came out today!!  It is in Somerset Apprentice.  The actual newstand date is March 1st but if you are subscribed, you may have received it today...I did!!  I am so grateful to the wonderful staff for the beautiful layout and the opportunity to write and create art for such a great series of magazines.

To everyone who checks in and reads this humble little blog...thank you so much.  I am so grateful.  Art is something that is inside me and MUST come out.  It is so gratifying to have someone show interest in the things that I put out into the world.  I love you all.

Here are the copper pendants I promised in the last post:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Busy, busy! Coming down to the wire!

I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted. I haven't forgotten any of you!! I have just been putting the finishing touches on so many things! Cutting wood for my students for classes, making felt kits (also for my students). I also finished 12 more Legions, 10 more pendants plus 36 charms for the Artfest charm swap and all the copper pendants from the earlier tutorial. See...I'm not just sitting over here eating BonBons! LOL I have an almost physically painful need to paint....but not enough hours in the day!! I'm hoping that I am nearing the end of Artfest prep work and can do some things that are nibbling at the edges of my imagination!  I also have the heads made for 6 dolls...I hope I can get them finished.

Here are the new Legions:
Some new pendants:

I will add the pics of the copper and resin pendants (hopefully!) tomorrow!

Monday, February 6, 2012

More New Pendants & Legions plus Exciting New Retreat Information!

It's been a very productive week!  I now have a large group of the Legions ready to go.  I still have about 15 more to make arms for but here is a little preview of the colorful little guys:

New Pendants:

 Not only have I been getting ready for Artfest, I have been invited to teach at Art Is...You - Petaluma !  I am truly excited about this opportunity, especially since Artfest is ending.  I will be teaching a 2 day Immersion Class on making my handmade ceramic pendants on September 19th and 20th, 2012.  I will also teach 2 other classes (see the pictures below), on September 22nd and 23rd.  Registration opens in late February but there is already much information for you on the AIY website.

Class #2 will be an altered journal class.  I will teach you how to take a plain black premade journal and make it your own.  Here are samples:

Finally, the last class will be a needle felted cuff class, covering both needle felting and embroidery.  I love these cuffs, they are soft and beautiful (and made to specifically fit YOU!)

As always, thank you all so much for supporting me and my art.  Here's a little gift for you to enjoy,  Bailey's latest Youtube video: Love The Way You Lie  I love you all!  xoxo