Come join me "upstairs" from the Studio, a place to relax and talk with friends. Here you'll find clips of my stuff, woolgathering about the animals in the family, news about shows and events and links to other sites that I find too good not to mention. Pull up a cushion and have some cake( there should always be cake) and tea, and lets discuss the amazing world of Art in it's many forms!
by Robert Louis Stevenson
|Whenever the moon and stars are set, |
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Next time I hope to show much more progress on Birdie and some updates on Grapefruit Baby and the newly named Mary Jane, a small African American child from the 1950's.
Happy Creating until then!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I will handle the adhesive difficulties with tiny disposable paintbrushes and the fabric eccentricities by making sure that I have at least two large squares of the proper texture and color waiting at my right hand, but the no interruptions is one that I haven't figured out yet. Someone will bang on the door and the phone will ring, but I'm getting better at ignoring both!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is the first layer of the grapefruit half for my "Grapefruit Baby" that's been on hold for months. I can only handle one project at a time when they're not going the way I want them to. Having conquered what I think is the final sculpting obstacle for Birdie's head, I set her aside for the afternoon and tackled this mess. It's the first time I've tried Durham's Rock Hard Putty, and it's kind of fun! This layer has to dry for about 12 hours and I'll give it another coat. Much easier than papier mache, especially since I can't find wallpaper paste in a powder form anymore. Flour is like gold these days, and it's hard to keep the resulting paste from getting moldy if we have too much humidity in the air.
So more on this as I add layers, and also photos of Birdie's head after final sanding, and newly "born" Grapefruit Baby head sculpt as it progresses.
My invitation to you this afternoon is to go find some goo to get your hands in, it's very enlightening!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Anyway, here is Birdie with all muscle layers sewn in and some fat layers in the early stages. I always leave the feet and hands for last as they are the most delicate and prone to being mis-shapen if handled too much before the layers of nylon skin are sewn on.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We've had a solid five days of rain here in the Northeast, good weather to sit under a desk lamp on one side and an Ott-Lite on the other.
In a way that's a good thing, as there is no crisp sunny weather tempting me outside to do Fall chores!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Another infant, maybe a bit bigger than the one I'm working on now.
Which brings me back to pickles, and wondering if I should just give the cucumbers away, or use them for compost. They are such a lot of hot sticky work when I'm supposed to be sketching, or sewing, or sculpting.
But is there any sound more satisfying when all the sticky work is done than that wonderful slurpy pop from each of the five jars neatly capped and waiting on the counter?
Sitting here listening to them sound off one by one is a small spot of pleasure in my day, and really some days you can't ask for more than that!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
A helpful neighbor with nothing but the best intentions has cut away all (and I do mean all) of the branches that shaded the Northeast corner of the yard, so no refuge there until my new Cypress shrub, hastily bought over the weekend, can grow up and help out!