Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Kaida loves to chase and bring back small, fuzzy, sparkly balls we call sparkle balls. She brings them to me while I work in my studio and drops them at my feet. Her favorite is going up and over the couch. Typically she retrieves 10-12 times before she gets tired of the game or Kanye steals the sparkle ball.
Forgive the poor quality, it's a first for me!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As much as I love nature in full bloom, there is undeniable beauty to be found at all stages of life.
These particular ferns are a favorite of mine. They are Onoclea sensibilis, sensitive fern. So named because they react quickly to dry conditions. I started my fern bed with one tiny frond, spotted in the lawn while mowing and carefully transplanted.
Stopping by the fern bed one chilly morning I first mourned the loss of the cool bright green I so enjoyed. The earliest tiny fronds, so full of promise, are a favorite source of leaf impressions for my pendants.
Growing larger they enchant with their lovely shape and fresh color.
Today I was noticing the withering, drying fronds and feeling a little sad.
Looking closer I started to notice the individual cells... changing color... a beautiful pattern started to emerge.
I walked away from the bed feeling re-energized and hopeful for what had been and what is still to come.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Daily Art Inspiration 10/14/09-Pendants in Process, originally uploaded by Lynn_EL/UnaOdd.
I've experimented with this before, but I don't know why I never did more with it. I initially made some pendants by impressing leaves and designs into clay. These were meant to painted and resin-coated. I never finished them and have a ton of them piling up.
Yesterday I absently grabbed a blob of clay and pushed it into the impression in the original pendant. I really like how the image is now raised and did a bunch of them.
Trial and error -polymer likes to stick to itself...even if one is cured. I found freezing the pendants helped maintain the shape while removing. I've also mixed a home-made mold release that I'm going to give a try. I mixed a small amount of mineral spirits and petroleum jelly to the consistency of cream. I am going to brush on and let dry. We'll see how it goes!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I mentioned in an earlier post that I have a thing for carved wooden heads. Here's the newest addition to my collection. He stands approximately 6 3/4 inches high, is flat bottomed and unmarked. He is painted black. The weight makes me think he could be oak.
I was drawn to him as he looks Nordic (to me) and reminds me of my travels in Denmark. It was in Denmark at a flea market (kremmermarked) that I spotted (and unfortunately passed up) the first carved wooden heads. So began my obsession.