Friday, February 9, 2018

string

more in my altered book/ visual journal ..... i'd never heard that quote before ... but googled string quotes ....

Thursday, February 8, 2018

bicycle pottery ....

 i have been practicing doodling bicycles .... just cause i like to .... so since that is what is filling up my doodle time, it felt right to put on these two pottery pieces ... they are bisque ware .... not finished .... but i wanted to document them in case they didn't make it out of the kiln well (i've been having some glaze bubbling issues!) ..... i sure hope they work out.
i like the way i've printed out the word in this bottom one ... i might use that style to write and illustrate some other things .... pear.... nest ... heart .... home....

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

god, grant me patience

altered book from my days as a long term art sub for high school classes .... i wish i had 20 birds squawking behind their mom.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


same altered book book .... but i papered some pages with an older book that has a more neutral print .... and then the ice cream is from a magazine ....

we dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friends. so we buy ice cream... ralph waldo emerson ....

I ADORE this quote ... and feel like i need a big ice cream painting in my kitchen with this quote. i'll get right on it. (that's sarcasm... i procrastinate and forget ..... but i might at least put this on my list of things to do)

Monday, February 5, 2018

happy hippo hipness

as a child i used to practice drawing horses ... a normal girl drawing rite of passage ... but then i switched to hippos .... i drew lots and lots of hippos .... i sorta still know how .... didn't get the eyes quite right .... or they are bulging eyes because of the weight of the giant birds.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

weird bird book

altered book .... Caribbean birds .... black out poetry and zentangle mash up ....

Saturday, February 3, 2018

altered book/black out poetry

when your black out poetry is partly purple..... 

i have a long term sub (12 week maternity leave) job .... high school art ... i love it ... awesome classes, awesome students, spectacular class room! .... and when the kids are doing altered books, i sometimes have the time to do it too .... 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

underglaze pencils

i've been working on something new to me at pottery .... i bought underglaze pencils ... 
i like them conceptually ... but still need to work on my finished products ... the coloring isn't quite what i want. though, for first tries, i think all four of these are bright an happy and fun. especially that cute bicycle.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

i have made two sets of xmas ornie party favors... here's a sampling of one set ... 
 all together so far this Christmas season, i've made about fifty ornies ... for parties and friends and all sorts of reasons ... 
 some of them i did lots of the same .... and some are SUPER one of a kind.
i love the "making stuff" part of christmas .... and the giving stuff part too.

Monday, November 27, 2017

love much

i made this piece (11x14, i think) during my written collage class at life is a verb camp .... i sorta cheated because i KNEW what i was going to make ahead of time ....but i used the steps as demonstrations for the class .... in the meanwhile, at the camp auction that had started the day before, there was an EMPTY frame ... haha ... where i had some sassy note about how much would you bid on a painting that hadn't even been started yet! but, because of nothing more than camp love and faith, there was a bidding war going on before the first drop of matte medium had touched the canvas ... haha.... so when a lovely, lovely wonderful soul won the auction i was so happy  .... yay for people who love art!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

written collage ....

that is the back of my car .... and all that stuff is for a workshop i taught at life is a verb camp .... written collage .... where i taught a bunch of collage techniques .... and then we did some calligraphy/font/handwriting celebration ... and everyone wrote something profound on their collage .... i LOVED doing it .... and had awesome, wonderful souls in my class ..... and lots and lots of successes ...

Friday, November 24, 2017

bright, bright underglazes ....

so i'm experimenting with less texture and more graphic design with underglazes .... these first four plates were done using my everyday lunch size plates as a mold .... mr.e.beck.artist asked how i got them so perfect when he saw them .... i wondered why they were so imperfect .... nice to be able to hear someone else's perspective!! love him.
 these plates are about 8 inches, i think .... white clay, underglaze and clear glaze .... food safe.
 this is a pretty big plate ... maybe 12 inches across .... working on my technique with designer liners ... i had trouble with them not flattening out when they were fired so i got some potty texture i didn't want and had to grind down some of those dots and reglaze the clear .... 
this is a good sized bowl ... maybe 14 inches across .... i'm pleased with the color and the graphic design and the happy and the bright ... but the clear glaze bubble on the underside .... so not quite right ... but pretty darn nice.