|A Cartridge in a Pear Tree (#1)|
(Click the "Etsy" word in the last sentence.)
Mixed Media Mosaics
|This was taken with my iPhone. It is an Altoid shrine; with polymer clay and a Loteria card. It is a little tough to read the text so, here is what it says.|
I shall be thy lover
And if by chance to know my face
My hold shall be
Your last embrace.
I am quite good at making deviled eggs out of polymer clay. (This photo is a little too bright and unedited.)
This is also an Altoid tin shrine, with a Loteria card and a polymer clay frame.
|I had mentioned before that I would add some pics from France. Here is one of me in one of the carpets of sunflowers in the Languedoc region of France. This is shortly before I climbed a very steep hill to visit a Cathar castle in Montseguer. I wouldn't have been smiling if I had known what the climb was like.|
|Towards the end of our trip, we visited Omaha Beach in Normandy, France; near Colleville-sur-Mer. This is where my father-in-law landed on June 6, 1944, as part of the Army's 1st Division. He was in the first wave, and we believe most likely the only survivor from the Landing Craft that took him in. It affected him profoundly and left a legacy of reverence in his family for the humble troop. Here is my husband, Jeff, gathering sand for his family to take back to the states. He wrote a lovely tribute in the sand to his father. A young girl saw him do this and she came and wrote her own message in the sand.|
|Bud Walleye, Approx 3' in length.|
Available at Stone's Throw.
|Leona Walleye. She still needed her bud lite scales at the time this picture was taken.|
Available at Stone's Throw.
|Order out of Chaos|
Don't forget to visit me at Art-a-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis next weekend, May 17-19, 2013. It is so much fun. I will be at the Sheridan School.
|This is a mirror I am making for a friend and is still a work in progress. Lots and lots of beads, some tile and millefiore. I will be grouting it in black soon. I took an 8 x 10" frame and sculpted the extra "curls" with wood and apoxie.|
Here is a buffalo skull Jeff brought back to me last year, after hunting in Arkansas. I had just bought these beads and I was playing around, seeing what they would look like on the skull. I hope to be showing some progress images soon on the buffalo skull; it will have none of these beads on it. Instead, I am reinforcing the weak areas of the skull and priming it; preparing to put something totally different on it. This is a very old skull and the sinuses keep flaking off and falling out. Parts of it have cracked and, I have brushed the teeth several times. Did you know that the horns are actually keratin, over bone, and this one's horns probably fell off a long time ago. Stay tuned....
My Christmas present to Jeff; I backlit a paperweight with a craft light. (Factory Direct Crafts) The paper weight and frame I found at thrift shops and, I raided Jeff's workbench for motorcycle parts and tools to add/ make clay imprints with. A few of the stamps I used in the polymer clay, I ordered off Etsy. We have a Jack Russell Terrier whom Jeff loves so, I included that too. It is approximately 10 x 14 ".
The last post was May, 2012. My intention was to post more frequently but, I started a new job, had a kid move back in, had a kid get married, went to France and Spain for 3 weeks, (some of which was to attend a wonderful art retreat in Dufort, France. My instructor was Dayle Doroshow. I highly recommend her course!) And just recently, helped another kid transfer colleges from the West to the East Coast. It was distracting but, it was all good distractions as I am really enjoying my job and, loving the company of the kids. I have had enough of Santa now and, after wondering what the heck I am doing with my art, (why do I do this, I just love to create, I don't know nothing 'bout marketing, who wants this stuff anyways...ad nauseum...) I guess we will see where 2013 takes me.
More to come; more frequently too. I am learning a new camera and I hope to have rockin' images to follow. Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 takes you to some fascinating places too.
|This piece will be exhibited at Art-a-Whirl, this Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2012. There is a little flickering candle illuminating The Madonna, a Saint card my sister brought me back from Spain. The substrate is foam and I sculpted a little balcony to place the candle in. Then I went nuts with embellishment. More photos follow with detail of my hand made polymer clay tiles and lots of bling and grout. The piece is about 15 inches in length.|
|Clay Squared to Infinity|
34 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
|Just a reminder I will be at the Keg House; same as Clay squared to Infintiy ( a fabulous handmade tile store.)|
|HI everybody! I have wanted to post sooner but what a busy couple of months I have had. I have a new job and I just finished a Philosophy course and some other "stuff" that has kept me super busy. Here is what I wanted to tell you though; I will be at Northeast Minneapolis' Art-a-Whirl this Friday through Sunday, May 18-10, 2012. I will be at the Keg House, in the Sip coffee shop. I overheard another artist telling someone that Art-a-Whirl is the largest art crawl in the nation. There is alot of fun stuff going on all over. Hello Kitty will be there and available for purchase. She measures about 13 inches across and is about 3 inches deep (sorry for the vague dimensions.) Below are some photos from a post over a year ago, where I beaded a real cat skull and began tiling a piece of foam I got out of the dumpster. Cobalt blue tile, mostly and a sculpted pink kitty head. She is not your daughter's hello kitty, heehee.|
|It is unlikely that you will recall my one year ago post but, I dropped kitty and chipped her teeth. I had to resculpt and file them with Apoxie Sculpt. Oh, and while we are still on the subject of Art-a-Whirl, I will have a couple of new pieces and I will be taking....ta dah.....credit cards!|
|Oh, one more thing...the Minnesota Mosiac Guild's Spring show is in St. Paul, MN at Mosiac on a stick. It ends this Saturday, May 19, 2012. I have a piece there and, I will also be with the Guild at a gallery in Stillwater, MN this July.|