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sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Noyeovia work in progress

I started this painting months ago and then lost interest. To be exact the painting itself became uninteresting.

The last couple weeks I've been thinking about it again. And I felt I wanted to add some 'painting with paper' collage elements to the skirt.

This morning I decided to go one step further and collage the whole background. Here's my paper, painted with pearl violet gouache, lame' black diamond gouache, pale violet acrylics, burnt umber acrylics and a touch of gesso.

I'm going to let this dry today and work on the painting tonight. Right now we're getting ready to put the top down on the convertible and go drive around the mountains, looking for a little trail magic.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

CSA love

I'm loving our CSA. Only 3 weeks into it (with 4 deliveries) and I've tried many new recipes.

Our first week (actually the week before our start date) we got cherries. I made cherry garcia ice cream.

The first and second weeks we got zucchini and squash. I made 6 loafs of zucchini bread and then froze the rest of the zucchini and all the squash to use later in the year.

Last night I got the third weeks delivery. Now that the weathers been better we're starting to get a little more variety. We still got zucchini and squash. But we also got cucumbers, radishes, snap beans, mint, parsley, blue berries and one lone unknown kind of pepper.

This weekend I'm making lasagna with zucchini. But I also found a recipe for zucchini parmasian that looks like a wonderful side dish. I'm going to give that a try as well.

Now to figure out what to do with the blue berries. Sorbet?
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Monday, June 13, 2011

kneed a heart... (thanks Pat!!!)

A small glimpse at a current work-in-progress.

I started working on this piece for Gary Reef's sardine can challenge. Then I realized my idea didn't fit the challenge rules. But I love my idea so much that I'm doing it anyways... just for me.
My piece will be called Real Boy. I will construct the body out of metal, pieced together like a quilt. The head I sculpted some time ago out of clay and various found objects. It resembles the Borg.

The heart will be embedded into the body, in a tin of some kind.

This will take some time but I'm in no rush.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

work in progress - sculpture

working on a weird sculpture right now. lol yeah, it's pretty weird.

wow... think i need to clean my work table!!!!!! Then maybe i can use it as a "Work" table. lol

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sid's nesting instincts

We had an old-fashioned pink rose which got a terrible blight. But when we went to cut it down back in the spring we found a bird's nest inside. So we left the rose bush alone until the bird's had moved on.

Last weekend we finally had a vacancy so we took the rose bush out. I hate taking out rose bushes but it has to be removed anyways. It grows up the side of the porch and our goal is to screen it in this summer!!! :)

Below is the empty nest sitting in Sid's lap. Sid lives on our front porch as the focus of our outdoor alter. We like to leave Him natural offerings. And the nest told us this is where it belonged.

Parts is Parts

For part of our adventures in Tate yesterday we explored a train station and walked along the railroad tracks. We found a junk pile full of trash and old rusted metal parts. I would have liked to grab them all but they were HEAVY!!! So I got a few and hope to get more.

One person's trash is another person's treasures!!! I see great treasure's here! In fact the long skinny piece is already destined for a work-in-progress missing a base. I think this will be PERFECT!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

trail magic (edit)

What a beautiful weekend! We had a busy one.

I did a lot of art... none of which I have pictures to share.

I started working on some collaged scrabble tiles. I also spent most the weekend working with a homemade paper clay... which i LOVE!!! Great product which works well with the kind of sculptures I do. I think I'll be using this product a lot!

First, I made 2 quarts of ice cream. The one of the left is Chocolate Almond. The one on the right is Green Tea. Both came out great!!!!
We explored backroads. Here is The Man and The Dog on a bridge over Amacalola River in Dawson Forest.
A country water park?
The high dive
Tate Ga. Blink and you'll miss it
The Man and The Dog at a very old graveyard in Tate Ga
95% of the grave stones in this old graveyard had the name "Tate". Small town...
the angel has a great view
railroad station... great simple architectural details on this treasure
same building. different view
spare wheels for the train?
I love old doors

Thursday, June 2, 2011

whoops, my A.D.D. is showing

For my birthday a friend gave me a linoleum stamp carving kit. My first stamp was an attempt at carving my chop. I forgot the big rule of stamp carving: Carve Backwards!!! So now I have a backwards chop!!! Oh well, it was a great learning experience. I'll carve that one again.

My second stamp was an image from one of my paintings, called Voice. I originally planned to use it in the below collage painting but so far I've just done journal page with it.

I'm so easily distracted. I've been painting up a storm. Then i see the beautiful work of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson and i decide 'I've TOTALLY gotta do that!' It was a fun technique that honestly I'd done in art school a few decades ago. But still fun none the less. Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson uses all hand-painted paper rather then decorative scrapbook paper. It's more archival. So using a mix of heavy bodied acrylics, fluid acrylics and acrylic inks I painted several book pages and coffee filters.

It's not finished. My original idea was to add a hand-carved stamp of one of my paintings as the central subject matter. But once it was carved and I'd done some test stamps I didn't think the 2 worked together. So for the moment it's just a work-in-progress.