Sunday, February 27, 2011
This is the polymer sculpture that won First Place in the Sculpture-3Dimensional category. I am still in shock. It won over two magnificent pieces; one being a 1' x 2" marble sculpture of a couple climbing a huge rock. I was told that it "just struck the judges", that they had never seen anything like it and that's why it won. I have to tell you that it was hard. It was hard to listen to people criticizing my win over the marble. I just kept saying "It's like comparing apples to oranges, what can I say?" My art friends said.....you can't say that bottle is fine art. I said the operative word was "ART".....and who's wearing the blue ribbon???? I'm just so happy....it can rain on this parade all it wants to!
Friday, February 25, 2011
pc is porous, it can easily be sewn using a beading needle. I beaded her little arm bracelets, glued the felt on the bottom and she was done. Yay. I did sign her on the side and gave her a light sealer. I like her a lot. I'm so happy...I'm re-energized. Such a good feeling!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
More Apoxie Clay, more painting....
These are two hoops from embroidery frames I glued together and attached with Apoxie Clay.
I weighted the bottom with more Apoxie Clay. The bottom will be covered with a piece of felt so it will look nice.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Apoxie Clay is a two part polymer resin clay that air dries rock solid. It's a very heavy clay, but is great for connections, cementing or attaching difficult pieces. After combining Part A with Part B, you have a limited amount of time to work with it as it starts to stiffen and, depending on size, can be hard in five minutes and cement in 20.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I'm continuing to make things more difficult for myself. I KNOW I cannot do a smooth sculpt with Paperclay and yet.....I'm going to try to get it as clean as possible. I'm using a purchased gourd that I have painted with Golden's White Block Out Paint.
I use a baked polymer clay "smoother" for shaping my aluminum foil head armature. I use a Makins tool for indenting the features. I try to sculpt as much as I can in the aluminum so the head does not become too heavy.However, I can already see that the head is going to be too large, but am I going to stop? Nope. Just going to go with it. I wired the exaggerated arms and neck and will add the Apoxie Clay to the neck and shoulder "T" and let that dry overnight. Continued......
Monday, February 21, 2011
No. It's how I feel. I'm having minor surgery next week on my face to remove some skin cancer.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I'm just sayin'......
there was a Desert Valentine just about everywhere....
even on the edge (lower center rock of photo) of this small mountain pool at the top of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains.....
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Look at this gorgeous peacock necklace by Christi Friesen. Fire Mountain Gems has the free tutorial for this piece.....click HERE. I came across this while visiting Sandee Lee Design's blog (HERE). She is a multi talented artist who creates in polymer clay, beads, fabric, etc.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Look at that perfect gray heart at the end of this petrified wood and the interesting markings on the wood.
I did get some beautiful reference photos to paint from. Our plein air painting group is trying to stay within a two hour driving time for our painting trips. This Arizona state park was only a half an hour away, so it was great.
It was so serene with the sun coming through the twisted trees and the light dancing on the grasses.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Our local art club has a paid model sit for us on Monday afternoons.
Above is one of one of two art rooms set up with a back drop, a carpeted stage platform and professional lighting. The art club supplies the easels, tables and chairs, etc. We can pencil, charcoal or pastel sketch, oil or acrylic paint or even sculpt.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Photos by Marlene Brady Lavender dreams....
the sweet warmth of yellow.....
and the quiet of green. Today is quiet reflection for me. Sorting projects and photos, setting priorities and making decisions. My Bead Journal Project has fallen to the wayside. Three final pieces sit halfway done from 2010 and I'm already behind two months for 2011. I am giving myself today to come up with a prototype of a manageable monthly piece. Kind of a "Write it down and make it happen" theory.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Wishing you a song in your heart and Love Notes all week! I made the bottom of the heart from one of my wrapped Skinner Blends and the top half from one of my lace canes.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Is he not phenomenal? A decayed cactus that looks like an prehistoric/alien sentry...head piece and all.
I was loving the lighting and textures and looked to my left...and there it was...another sweetheart rock.