Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nature Inspires Me !

I love nature and living things and they
seem to always be the subject matter in my
art. This picture inspired
 the bird bath I made below.

You will notice a few Monarchs
in my pieces lately because
I have been raising
 and releasing them.

Every small effort you do
 can help make a difference...

These two somehow got out of their
aquarium-  and surprised me when
they emerged!

This summer my butterfly garden has been
a big success.  I have seen more butterflies than
I have in previous years.

I am happy to see so many dragon flies,
 humming birds and other
wild birds that all seem to hang out in our little yard.

I love how the coloring came out in this big leaf bowl.
I am thinking this would be a very pretty bird bath
that could be put on a wire stand or set on the ground in
a flower bed so other small animals like
bunnies could stop and get a drink!

Who doesn't want a pretty bowl? 
How can you be in a bad mood after
eating out of a cheery flower bowl.
All my glazes are food safe.

I created a few new things to make jewelry out of.
I am excited to see how they work out.

Stars imprinted with tree branches. I Have
a few ideas for these to try out.

Friday, August 10, 2018

If you think you want a parrot...

Here are some things you should know.  I have
had my Murphy since she was weened
about 14yrs. Parrots are amazing highly intelligent
pets that entice many people to buy them.
People love the thought of having
a pet that can talk to them.
I love my Murphy girl dearly but I
knew what I was getting into before
I got her. I had a Blue
Front Amazon- Gidget before her that
sadly died from a deformed
liver.  I knew the moody
temperament of an Amazon and that
they are not for a inexperience bird owner.
They require a lot of attention and care
if they are going to have a good life.
Not all parrots are going to talk.  Murphy
talked all the time and then
stopped and now only says what she needs
to, to get what she wants.
This is NOT a pet that can sit in a cage
for you to look at, to admire the pretty
 colors of their feathers.
They need to be part of the family
and want to interact with
you.  You are their flock.
They will demand it by screaming
which often leads people to stick
them in a different room which is
exactly why they were screaming in
the first place! Thankfully mine don't scream
but when you hear "Mama" a thousand
times because she wants out you have  to
let her out! They require
many toys to busy themselves
when you are not home.
They will chew up the toys
so you will need to buy more, or
make them yourself.
They have to be sturdy and nontoxic.
Parrots NEED a variety
of food.  Just seeds is NOT going to
cut it!  You need
to feed them a variety of food
all the time for a life span that
can go up to 75 years!
Even if you do all these things and provide
everything your Parrot needs... you need
to realize they are an extremely
hormonal animal that cannot be
spayed or neutered.  Some are more
so than others and are considered
"hot or Hormonal" during
breeding season.  They want to
breed and cannot help their raging hormones.
Murphy has been really hormonal lately.
She has bitten both of my ears.
Oh the pain and clamping power of that beak!
Which brings me to another point- if
you have small children don't get a parrot.
They can bite and they need attention.
With kids of your own you won't have the
time for them so just don't do it.  I hate to
see discarded birds with all sorts of
feather plucking disorders !
It's just so sad!
There is no set reason as to why
or what sets her off.
She goes into an overly
excited mode.
She's bitten me and my husband.
She attacked my foot last weekend.
She is not allowed on the floor
but she climbed down off her perch
and got overly excited.
In an effort to get Murphy
under control we have changed things up.
I have moved her cage to a new location.
Swapped her and Petey's cages.
Not sure Petey likes it.
but that's my only option at the moment.
Also my Vet recommended birds have full
spectrum lighting but Murphy's
not getting her light right now.
It stimulates  Summer lighting
and makes her want to breed.
So we will save that for winter
when it's really dark. 
See Petey has her light on in
the picture above.
I also changed out Murphy's
toys giving her new
things to play with.
So far so good with the changes
I also will not let her on my shoulder
as birds think they are
dominate in their flock hierarchy when
they sit taller than you.
All that said....I obviously love my
Murphy and that is why I go through all this
trouble to care for her.  I am grateful
I have her.  I just think people should
know the reality of parrot ownership
before they jump in to owning one.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New clay works....

I have been playing with my clay.
 I added leaves to the rim of this bowl.
I made this Daisy Bird Bath.
   I am thinking that the pebble like relief at
the bottom of the bowl will reflect
 nice when water is in the bowl
I am visualizing this to be glazed
to look soft and water color inspired.
and another with a Dragon Fly
The leaves are fairly large.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Creating when you don't have a lot of free time!

I have been working hard in 
my studio making new things.

I do have a lot of ideas in my head.  Just 
not enough free time to work on them.
The absolute earliest I can get home from
work on a day that I don't go to see my horse
is at 5:00 PM.   I am not a person
that can function well on a little sleep.
So I do my best to fit all my 
priorities in.  I always make sure my 
animals get their time and attention
before I work on my art. 

I am trying to put in at least 30 min per
night.  Which really is not much time.
I have found though once I get started
30 minutes ends up being an hour and a half.
So I feel like I am working
towards my goal.
I just thought this morning how
I have progressed over the years.  The
things I couldn't do and the things
I can now do.  

Don't get me wrong.  I have a long way to go.
Sometimes things turn out well.
Like this Poppy
But often things don't 
come out the way I wanted!

This was the plaque I had painted, and
the paint peeled off in spots so I
then fired it to burn off the paint 
then glazed it.  I wasn't sure if the glaze 
would adhere due to the residue
and I was happy it did!

I love this one!
I'm gonna make another one  similarly.
I like the color combinations.

I like this one too but the glaze
 took 2 tries to get to this point!

I'm not liking this green coloring.
It's kind of bla- to me so I'm gonna add 
something to it and refire it.
I will keep at it and hopefully I will
get more things right the first time around!

I am just feeling grateful that when I
had lots of road bumps & pot holes in my life
that I kept going forward and it
got me to where I am now!  
I have the desire everyday to
work on creating things that I visualize in
my head.  It makes me happy!
I encourage you to do 
what makes you happy!
Even if you can only do it for a little
bit each day, eventually it will add
up to something that you wouldn't have
if you had never started!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My idea of a perfect day!

My horse has been 
resting from a leg injury and
I was missing riding very
much, so I went to ride
someone else's horse.

After an unbearable heat
wave I was so fortunate that 
on the day I had  off to do
this it was a perfect 75 degrees!

It was just gorgeous with everything 
blooming and butterflies fluttering around.

This day will definitely be
a favorite memory of mine.

This is Carol and these are 2 of her
amazingly trained horses.  
It was such a treat to ride a
horse that is so well trained that the
ride is effortless and you can
just sit back and enjoy everything
around you.

I can't think of a better way to
relax and be happy?

What's your idea of a 
perfect day?