Monday, July 25, 2011

Northwoods Art Tour, WI

A annual event  ~  July 29th, 30th, 31st ~ The Northwoods Art Tour.
I'm so proud to be invited, once again, to show my work at
Debra Ketchum Jircik's
Circle of Life Studio
So if you are in the Northwoods this weekend, please stop by :
just 4 miles from Eagle River, travel south 3 miles on Hwy 45 to Evergreen Road. Left on Meta Lake Road, first right on Gaffney to 3720. 
Some of the northwoods' finest artists and artist owned galleries are allowing visitors a inside look of how their work is created. 
Besides taking in the works of artists ~ Carolyn Miller, Judi Maloney, Brad Davis, Debra and myself ~  take time to get lost in the gardens, walk the stone labyrinth or relax by the lake. Circle of Life Studio is truly a place to sit back relax, explore and take it all in.
I'll be there in person on Friday, talking about my art and practicing a bit of my craft. And my pieces will be in the gallery all weekend.
Here is a sneak preview of one of my newer creations that will be in the collection.

There are several galleries open, so make a day of it.  Here is the link to all the galleries open. The Northwoods Art Tour features on-site artist demonstrations, original local art for sale, and access to many home studios that are rarely open to the public.

If you are not available this weekend, you can always plan to visit the Galleries and enjoy the Northwoods this Fall. The Art Tour will be going on October 7th, 8th and 9th, also.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

sweet tears

Off they go, ribbon and tagged with their story... waiting on sixteen charms in return...

Again, I was part of a charm swap with the EMC Team. So proud to be part of this talented group of artists. This charm was even more personal then the swaps ~ wise eyes and words.
The latest charm called "Perspective ~ Tears or Ice Cream" is inspired by my five year old muse.
~ the scenario: a fall day, a craft project with the little one, making paper hearts ~ after an emotionally revealing, unraveled week...
me {in my head} :  strange how the paper hearts when folded are tears
little one {clutching her folded heart in her hand} "look Momma… it's an ice cream cone" as she pretends to take a lick.
So blessed to be reminded that it is truly all perspective. It's up to you to turn the teardrop into sweet ice cream.
Here's a bit about the process: Like in the previous swaps, I created the original and then made a mold of it. While each tear was in the mold, I created a tiny heart, each a little different, and tucked it snugly into the back
Then let them dry to a leather hard state and carve any access around each tear (cone ;) ~ I love the way bronze clay carves. Unfortunately I didn't make the mold before pouring the resin in the bezel of the original, so I had to carve out each one of the tear bezels individually. But it gave me the opportunity to carve a bit of a rough groove under the bezel. The thought was to fill the tear drop with Standard PMC Silver. Since they have similar shrinkage, I have had success with combining standard PMC and the bronze clay in the past, but I was not as lucky this time. After the test firing and tumble, only 1 out of the 3 trial pieces grasped the silver in the bezel.
So off to plan B ~ a familiar pattern in my work. All the bezels were carved out and fired with my standard bronzeclay schedule. Tumbled and prepared for the resin.
Since they were so little and the backside was not flat, I placed the charms on scotch tape in a butchers tray. This helped keep them put and level. I first painted a bit of light blue in the bezel, then, if you look closely, you'll see I added a bit of extra sentimentality.
A little chip of a shell from the robin's egg from the nest that was just outside my window at my parent's house this Spring.
Here is a pic of the nest, that I'll be making into cards for my etsy shop soon:
For me the eggshell represents life, a new beginning after tears and a promise of good things to come. 
May all your tears turn to sweetness. And your heart remain full.
~ many blessings. xox ~

Friday, July 8, 2011

when I was young…

~ i could get lost chasing butterflies
~ swim all day
~ draw. smile. create.
~ find a sentimental meaning in the smallest bit of nature
~ laughed at the silliest little joke
~ spun around until I was dizzy
~ loved the water. embraced the sun. played in the rain.
~ was amazed how my Mom could tell something was wrong
~ believed my Dad when he encouraged I could do anything
~ cried when I was angry or teased or sometimes just because
~ was never very punctual, but if I said I'd be there, I would
~ loved time with family and friends
~ cherished time alone
~ appreciated music, admired my family and friends with that talent
~ could dance and not care who was watching
~ was always ready to plan an adventure
Now at 40, I'm realizing I never really outgrew any of it… it's Me.

Thank you to everyone that has made my day, year and life so very special.