Friday, December 30, 2011

In The Weee Hours

My studio table at night...  So no, I have not been working in the
wee hours of the morning but I have been pushing myself
to work on things when I get home from work at night.
 I am not a night person so this is a stretch, but rewarding.
I'm still finishing some bowl forms and have started making some
very large paper mache beads, there is an owl bead in the photo.

When I am not in front of the computer I have so much to say but when I sit down to type everything gets abbreviated.  So many ideas, so little time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Moving forward.

Well after finally completing a piece I feel a little artistically energized.  There is so much bad news all the time its hard to see any good.  At least we can get busy and work on what we love to do whenever we have the chance.  This morning is soooo foggy here in SW Florida but,  the sun will come up and burn off the fog and it will be a bright sunny day!  So here's to finding the sun and blasting through the fog of everyday life!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

One Bowl Finished

Well life continues to roll right over me but I have managed to finish one of my paper mache bowls, newly titled.... "Which Way To The Beach?"

It was a total labor of love and hate but I have read that even the "Masters" when their paintings have been x-rayed they found that they had painted over things they were not happy with, sometimes multiple times.  This makes me feel better.  I would love some input?  My friends love the "Flinstone" feet.  Now moving on to finish the other bowl and get moving on some mosaic projects. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Getting back into the groove

Well the move is over and my studio is "mostly" back together.  Last night I started base coating one of my bowls, "The Three Amigos"  I was not thrilled with how intense the aqua turned out to be so I will be toning things down a bit on the final coat.  I am very happy with how the flowers have turned out.
I have also been reading some helpful books lately- Art and Fear & and The Artists Tao, both really good books to help with the self-doubts, I am also pushed forward by my local art group, building each other up and pushing ahead.

The full time day job really drags me down, I am sure it is the same with most other artists.  It will have to be a matter of being strong and prioritizing the big "to do" list.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How much time a Day?

How much time each day do I spend on this computer?  Lately I've been on a lot... listing on Etsy, creating this blog, researching, all this in an effort to put myself and my work "out there" for feedback, commiseration, legitamacy and so on... But when am I creating anything new?  A good friend told me I would have to spend at least 15 min. a day on blogging to see any "results" such as commenting and exchanging ideas etc.  I'm not sure if I will always have that 15 min. a day. It is Wednesday a.m. and my weekend (Mon. & Tue.) is over and it is back to my day job.
Does anyone else fly back and forth between many different mediums?  I could never "just" make my jewelry or mosaics or sculptures, I have to be able to switch things up, I also paint and chrochet and sew, too many to list.  Am I the only one?  When an idea comes to me I just have to go with it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What I wanted to do VS What I ended up doing

Well today I had been hoping to work on Sculptural Paper Mache bowls.... I'll just keep hoping. Most of my day has been spent in looking for a different house since the one we are renting has been sold.  The bowls are actually a little further than the pictures show, they have a coat of gesso and are ready to paint.
This is where I start to get hesitant... all the work that has gone in thus far and what if the painting is not perfect enough for my own OCD issues?  I guess I have to learn to just let go...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Turtle Rescue

Okay, so here is my first post and it has nothing to do with art. 
I started the day thinking I would work on some of my projects that are in the works but have ended up doing laundry, yard work and sneaking out to get my hair trimmed.  On my way home I spotted a large injured turtle on the side of the road with everyone speeding by, he was hurt badly, some of his shell broken away... I won't go into detail.  I put him in the back of my vehicle and transported him 30 min. away to meet with a volunteer shuttle which would transport him out to C.R.O.W (Center for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife) on Sanibel Island, FL.  I will get an update maybe tomorrow on his condition.  My question is how do people hit a living creature and just drive on?
For any Gulf Coast Locals who would like to help out, here is the link to C.R.O.W.   I am hoping to donate to there anual art auction this coming year.

Well maybe some art tomorrow...