Thursday, March 12, 2015

Willow Catkin

 I finished this one a while ago, during the time I was neglecting my blog. But, now I'm resolved to do better because I miss my creative, inspiring, online friends!

   This sculpture is in ceramic clay on a wire and batting armature. The stand is wood. I spun the wool on the mother's dress to be a variety of widths for a natural and fluffy texture. Her willow bud crown and the robin's egg are made with Paperclay.

   I though now would be a good time to post it because of it's spring theme. I never start with a meaning in mind because I love to see how the piece will evolve if I let my subconscious lead the way. That is the power and mystery of art, to me. The process is the exciting part. This one started with an offhand sketch of a mother showing her toddler an egg. I sculpted the faces and hands, fired, then painted them.

   Next I started to think about the fibers. I looked at my wool stash and the spring green and white jumped out at me as 'right'. As I worked, it started to remind me of a pussy willow bud, so I made the little girl's dress like a bud and gave the mother a branch for a crown. Only later did I learn that pussy willow is used in some Easter and Ostara rituals, which seems in-line with the emerging theme. It needed visual anchoring on the bottom, so I used some nubbly brown wool in a nest-like pattern at the bottom of the mother's dress. So, there you have it... sort of visual meditation on Spring, rebirth and sharing nature's wonder with our little one's. It's not for sale, it looks to nice on my bedroom dresser :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

 Here are two recently finished paintings that I managed to do in between portrait commissions. Though I'm feeling Spring more than Autumn right now! They are both oil on canvas. The one above is 14x18 and the one blow is 28x24, I think. It is fun to work on a larger canvas for a change - I can make big, broad paint strokes on the under-painting and refine the detail later.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Miniature Portrait

Hey, guess what is surprisingly hard? 
Painting a tiny portrait! : p

But I did it anyway and I'm willing to do it again : )

This one is 3" square, in oil on canvas. I just think this size is sweet and easy to find a place for in any home.
I'm going to be listing this as an option in my Etsy shop.

Monday, July 29, 2013


I call this one 'Polarity' because she is inspired by the qigong exercise of holding palms facing each other and feeling the energy flow between them - balancing the yin and yang. She is listed in my Etsy shop.

She is the first large sculpture that I have done to hang on the wall. Just giving folks options! I spun and felted the wool myself, except for the yarn I used to embroider. I dyed that one with various brown shades. It is Cotton Comfort from one of my favorite sources, a co-op in Vermont called Green Mountain Spinnery.


 We have also been busy enjoying the unseasonably mild weather in our yard. I got the idea to bring my little girl's play kitchen out into the open air from this link on Pinterest. The novelty of actually pouring and mixing 'real' ingredients made for hours of fun.

I was actually tempted to eat this soup because it was made with herbs that smelled great, but I knew better because I saw the grass and stones go in, too =)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Wild and the Cultivated

 A new painting from a walk in the wild woods just added to my shop

Flowers in my (relatively) cultivated garden =)

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Butterfly and the Oak Tree

This one is a meditation on strength and fragility as well as  protection and vulnerability. While studying mediation at Naropa, I was struck by the idea that true strength and courage is to allow oneself to experience a tender, open heart without the layers of armor we usually wear over it for protection. It is an exquisite practice; painful, but ultimately liberating and healing.

 This sculpture is ceramic instead of my usual paprclay. She is painted with watercolor, varnished and her body is hand-dyed and hand-felted wool over a wooden base.

 She is listed in my Etsy shop