Sep 16, 2016

"You are still doing that? It has been ten years."

Yes,I am. I am still doing "this" because seeking a sense of Home and Belonging is something humanity relates to. I will continue to explore this concept underlying all other areas of life until, who knows, maybe until The End. Today, my brother met me at the local library's new Makerspace. The maker movement has my full attention now. I am fascinated. The aspects of community and a love of learning have enamored me. Not to mention, the tools (new toys & skills). It was my second time on the machine; I had already been there an hour cranking out the rest of my MOPS nametags. He found me working on wooden, state cut outs that were laser engraved. That is when the question was asked. So,the answer is: yes. This is only the brainstorm stage of several new projects. Pieces that represent your origins, your homelands and your roots. Where are you rooted? This was just a precursor to my personal stack of states to come. We are all from somewhere. I could take this and run with ancestry or family trees or community circles. Wearable or wall art or hanging-from-wherever works. Oh, the possibilities. & Now, I will make more, play with color & surface experimentation and refine the design. Finish it.

Jul 16, 2016

in service for: MOPS

In another vein, this is a theme reveal project I worked up before summer break for my MOPS group. I am currently brainstorming table decor and name tag designs for the upcoming year. The colors for our theme of Starry Eyed are right in my wheelhouse. Loving it.

Jul 14, 2016

Well, who's surprised?

Not me, after thirty three years of life lived, being me. Dedication to consistently journaling has come and go in fits and bursts, always. So, here I am after almost two years of blog silence, back again and finally, not surprised at what just is. I did manage to create something pretty wonderful in the meantime. My daughter. She is a true treasure. In comparison, I got back into the studio much more quickly than I did after my son was born. She was probably two months old. I have been consistently working in increments during late night sessions for the past four months to prep for a group show, a holiday boutique and a solo show. I am finding that making several separate bodies of work at the same time, works for me. I am quickly headed towards my fourth year of Motherhood. This has been a great time of study and service. I have my finger in so many pots right now. I am learning when to say,"no" and when it is so vital that I say, "yes". There has been a huge learning curve. I live in faith. I walk in love. I seek peace. I try always to be kind. I keep pursuing wisdom.

Aug 19, 2014

Drawing with my Saw and Painting with Patina: Metal as a Medium

As my saw slid through a thin sheet of copper and then a thick, I thought about the differences between my method of line work and a 2-Dimensional artists'. The elemental aspect of metal sings to my soul. I like to imagine what my work might look like 100 years from now or 1000. The metal will endure, but will the surface treatments (i.e. color or texture)? Perhaps they will erode or fade over time. I have never put a 'makers mark' on my work, but every line and curve are made by my tools in my hands. Tonight, I cut out a flock of birds, two Little Princes, a fox and some craggy mountains butted against a smooth hill. Layering is key. Watching the raw metal morph into something with depth and texture, amazes me time and time again. Here is some of my new raw:
These are parts and pieces for a literary inspired triptych. The Little Prince done in three panels. Something new and exciting.

Jul 31, 2014

Dear Public, feedback, please.

I am wondering about personal preferences...before I lay out my work to be consumed/purchased/collected...which pieces are you feeling? This week I have amped up my production, but each piece is still one-of-a-kind. & most of them are dbl. sided, with each side unique to it's flip. My biggest struggle is moving past my personal color palette. Which ones should be part of my line? (scroll down to see more in prev. entries) Multiples must made! Sound off on your favorite colors, please.
A few in progress shots for good measure:
I would love feedback dear public.

Jul 27, 2014

t-minus 2 wks

Among the collection I am building for the upcoming Mission Artwalk are these 4 dbl. sided pendents and some odds and ends from a couple of larger pieces.
These little beauties are in phase 4 of their process. After texturing the metal, I patina. Then then layers of color and embellishments are added. Truly, I should grab something to blend with, but, eh... my finger works.

Jul 24, 2014

My first arts fair is coming up quick. Lately, dusk falls and my son sleeps deeply above, as I retreat downstairs to my studio bunker and begin making these things:
Oh, how I adore packages and the postal service. Today, the truck brought me a gross of 2/0 sawblades and the metal I need to start making a commission based on The Little Prince.
Now that is a commitment! Current goal is to have finished work on August 8th for the Mission Artwalk. Then, to photograph said work before the show and post it for my new Etsy page launch.