Friday, April 21, 2017

This Weeks Clay Works


I haven't thrown on the wheel and I am out of practice.
 I added some decoration to a few bowls I made.


and another little bowl....

I am trying out some new clay...
on my wheel


This bowl will replace one I use in my bathroom
to hold things that somehow chipped.



Also caved a bit on a new plaque...

How you have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Would like to share that I have created a
Facebook page.


My hope is to share new items that I post
For sale in my Esty shop!

I am hoping my friends will like and share my links
and I will begin selling some of my handmade creations.

Please stop by and check them out
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bye Bye Ugly Bunny Gate

 
So I have had Henley
almost a year and this was my
quick fix bunny gate..  It was held in
place with suction cups and elastic bands
on the glass.  Not exactly pretty.  So I
decided I was going to make something
that didn't stand out as much.
 
 
This is my quick little solution that
fits snug into place in the door jam.
 
 
I added some little wood accents to make
it a little bit less ugly and stained
it close to my door color.
 
 
The little wood latches swivel into place to hold it securely
on both sides of the door
and they don't mess up my wood doors.
 
I think this looks better than the white thing.
 
 
and it keeps Miss Henley from
going where she's not supposed to be!
 

 
 

Fabulous Gift

Last week was my birthday and one of my dreams came true!
 
 
My very own.....Brand New.....
 
computerized......kiln!!!!
 
 
I AM SO EXCITED!
 
 
 
 
The electrician is coming tomorrow
to put in a new 240V
line. I am nervous as the
actual firing is all new
to me.  It can actually get
pretty scientific depending on
what you are doing. I better get to
making pottery!!!
 
WOO HOO!
AGAIN...
I am so excited I can't believe
I actually have my
own big fancy kiln!
THANK YOU~  Matt

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Creating Art makes me Happy....


I would like to share a recent piece....


I am very grateful for all things I can do and make.
 I have had 3 serious injuries that could have
completely altered my life.  2 closed
head brain injuries and spinal factures in 3 places. So
the fact that I can do everything that I could
before the accidents is truly a blessing.


I am in such a good place today that I
am so very Grateful for my Life.
For my confidence to try new things and
explore the many things in life that
bring me joy.


Creating art brings me peace
and happiness and my
hope is that I can bring other people
some happiness with it!


This little rabbit is Teela...


I felt touched and moved by the
story of this little bunny that
brought so much love to her owner
when she was rescued from a shelter and
then sadly such grief when she died.
I could relate when this happened
to my beloved rabbit Giddy.


I thought maybe a nice memorial for her
owner  of her dear rabbit would
maybe help her with her sadness.
This was a first time I had attempted a
pet portrait in clay from a photograph
I was surprised and happy with how
she appeared in the clay.
I slowly dried it and kept my fingers
crossed it would survive firing with no
cracks in the kiln.



I was thrilled when she came out fine.


I began adding color




And finally she is completed!



I'm feel like I was able to capture her sweet
little spirit.  I am glad she arrived to her owner
safe and sound and that I was able to hopefully
give her a happy memorial of her beloved Teela.
I am excited to have been able to
expand my artistic ability to a new level
and in a new way.


This little Teela piece is definitely a favorite of mine!




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Working on my horse goals

 
Just wanted to share my progress on some
of my horse goals I have been working on. Not
the best pic's but you get the idea. 
Thankfully I have a small  indoor riding arena
at the barn where I board Hottie.  This really
helps out on Michigan rainy or snowing days.
 
 
One of Hotties issues is she doesn't like
things next to her.  So this is just
an exercise we are working on so that
she trusts me and does what I ask her to do.
 
 
At first she would not go through those
scarey looking things but now we can
with no problem.

 
Another scarey thing for Hottie
was tarps.  She used to spot them
way off in the distance and
would snort at them from fear.

 
I worked with her on the ground.  She feels
safe when I am next to her and lead
her over it or drape it over her back.  However with
me on her back she wasn't brave walking
over the tarp.  So we finally were able
to walk over it with me riding her.
Yay! As I pet her and tell her what a good girl she is!
 
 
We'll keep at the tarp. 
There are more things I want to be
able to do it.
 
We have come so far over
the 15 yrs that I've owned her.
She will be 19 yrs. old next month!
I love my horse!
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Painting Progress

My Dad is having health problems with heart and
kidney failure which is stressful and leaves you feeling
sad and helpless.  Art is a great stress escape.
I haven't painted in a while so I thought time to break out the brushes.
   What better subjects that these two big sweeties.

Boo Boo (Benny) & Hazel 

I cherish everyday with Boo as he is 6 yrs old
and I am told the average lifespan for a
Flemish Giant is about 5 yrs.
They truly are gentle giants and I want to capture
them on canvas. This is my progress so far...


you can see the picture I am working from above



The background has been filled in. 
The dark colors are the first layering of fur colors.


Here you can see the red under colors appearing



A few close ups


I'm happy with his progress so far.  Lighter shades
will be added over the darker tones.


My plan is to do another canvas of
Hazel laying in the opposite direction.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Where it all began...

I wanted to share my very first paintings.
  My Dad was in the US Military so we traveled and
 moved through out my childhood between the US and Europe.
  We lived in Zwiebrucken Germany
 from 1977-1981.  It was a lovely place.  Kreutzberg Kaserne
was an Army base situated at the top of a big hill above Zwiebrucken.
It no longer exists.
 
 
I found this picture online.
The DYA was a Defendant Youth Activity which
was for the children of the soldiers.  They had
activities for kids.  Different sports teams, classes, dances
& field trips.  So it was here I took my
first oil painting class in the 3rd grade.
 
 
This was my very first painting.
I always colored and drew but never painted
before this.
 
 
 My mom was thrilled and had them framed
 
 
My 3rd grade signature
I bet the lady who gave the class
who was most likely a Military
Wife that gave the class to earn
a few extra dollars had no idea
that by doing so she would open
such a significant door in my life.
I now cannot imagine not
making Art! 
 
 
They hang in my studio as a memory
of when making Art truly began for me and of one of my
most favorite places that I ever lived.
 
 
~Another view from the opposite side~
 I was happy to find these pictures
online.   The Elementary school is to the left of the DYA.
 
I wish you a Wonderful Weekend
where you can make
great Memories!