Sunday, October 8, 2017

37

look. this is a 12 by 12 canvas ... i made it when i had some friends over to paint with me in my basement .... susan painted and cut out the orange flowers ... i did the rest. we are putting it in an auction at life is a verb camp .....

Saturday, October 7, 2017

JOY

i made a small plate .... joy, it says ..... still doing my usual playing with textures ... that one at the bottom is a new roller ... i love it .... i've decided to do a black and white series .... i actually think it shows off the texture more than some of the colored ones do .... white clay, black underglaze wiped away, clear glaze ...

Monday, September 25, 2017

do you have a spoon rest?

do you have a spoon rest? do you use it? do you like it? do you have it and not use it? do you not have one? what do you use then? i have one. i always find it to be in the way ... except when i am using it .. and then i love it .... maybe it is supposed to be stowed in a utensil drawer and pulled out as needed ... but mine is always out .... 
i've been working on making spoon rests at a friends request .... here are two of the four i made ....

Sunday, September 24, 2017

dobby

i used to have dixie in my blog posts all the time .... i don't think i've ever shown dobby. 
i love her.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

two bowls

turquoise textured bowl ... quite small... 
actually celadon over blue ...
 orange bowl ... quite big ... 
actually orange underglaze washed off to show texture with clear glaze .. all on chocolate clay ... 
 size perspective... big and little.... 

Friday, September 22, 2017

rainbow assemblage



i have a new series that i made just for myself to put on the one white wall i have in my house .... 

it all came about because i was "cleaning" my studio .... which really means rummaging through the stuff that i am meant to be cleaning and sorting .... and i was struck by the rainbow happiness of it all .... and it wasn't long before i was sorting things by color .... and then it was a small leap to painting canvases to showcase the fun .... the hardest part was deciding what size to go ... and i went big ... these are all 24 inches square .... 






the red one was the easiest ... apparently lots of fun things come in red .... i had to sort out what not to put in the composition .... that elephant up top fell off .... but while he waited on top to get re adhered, i decided i really loved him up there ... 


 the orange one is my fave because ... well, because it is orange .... but also the monopoly cards down the left side .... i have happy memories of monopoly games with my brothers that would take days and days and days to complete .... and then the clever scrabble rack at the bottom holding orange bottle caps makes me happy too...

 in my art studio i have a cheerios small box that is embellished and embroidered and beaded ... for real ... this cheerios box on yellow has been saved for 10ish years to do the same .... but alas, one beaded cheerio box was enough ... how odd that i kept this one for so long ... that's why you do assemblages....
this green one has mona lisa and sun glasses .... and the coolest bingo board with sliding red windows .... and an old housekey .... i played risk with my brothers ...i'm certain i never, ever, ever, ever won.




this one has an actual doll on it .. i'm pretty sure she's from a happy meal ... could that possible be right if she is porcelain? i kept her because she was so fancy and i swear my memory says she came with a kid meal somewhere .... and that paintbrush is the most awesome sort .... and i wrecked it ... but i generally keep wrecked ones cause there is always something you can do with them ... the bottom right hand corner could be my safe .... i could put secret important things in that metal box and no one would ever think to look there .... except my two or three blog readers .... 




Friday, July 28, 2017

green goodness ....

my favorite glaze ten years ago was transparent green .... my pottery studio, spruill, quit having it, because it was so drippy and ruining kiln shelves ..... i mentioned it to my teacher, carol ... and lo and behold she had some ... and i got to use it .... and i was NOT disappointed ... it turned out just as beautifully as i remembered ... 
 and i made these two lovely square plates .... of green goodness ... and boldly declared that i was entering my green phase ...
and then i glazed two more ... and they turned out terrible. just terrible. haha. and my green phase abruptly ended. darn.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

i have a guacamole farm going on my window sill .... i frequently do this .... and then kill them ... and give up ... and then start over .... so this is a newish avocado endeavor .... 
 i made those little pots specifically for avocados .... and in the avocado less times, i use them for other things ... they are super duper handy ... and i like the size/shape/color/texture .... so i made some more:
 and here they are, out of the kiln .... ready for their own pits .... doubling my guacamole crop in no time ..... but doubling zero is ... um ... zero ....
so maybe i should say i'm growing the pits for the health benefits of having house plants ... rather than for my unlikely chance of growing actual avocados..... but ever the optimist, i'm calling it my guacamole farm.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

i like to ride my bicycle (imagine me singing that)

you never know when someone is going to ask you to draw a bike ... so i've been practicing .... i imagine i'll do a bike canvas soon/eventually ... in the meanwhile i'm practicing getting them just so .... little.e.beck.artist saw what i was doing and tried as well .... and her handle bars were better than mine ... so i'll keep practicing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

assemblage ....

when blog posts are few and far between, you just add the most recent art pics .... so here ... this is what i'm working on:
 i was in my studio a few weeks ago to "clean" ... ahem ... cleaning is not my strength .... getting side tracked is .... so as i cleaned up, i dreamed up a new series from all the crazy fun stuff i have in my studio... rather than clean, glue it down....
 so my studio is far from clean ... but soon i'll be able to redo the art wall in my kitchen with five new, big, bold lovely assemblages ....
red, orange, yellow, green, blue. my favorite colors.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

painting

mr.e.beck.artist and i have been married 26 years this month. as i often do, i painted him a picture .... which, i guess, is my version of a love letter.
i love him so i paint for him.
he loves me so he doesn't mind that shopping for a gift just isn't my thing.

that's a 12 by 12 wooden box ... not my usual canvas .... gotta try new things, huh?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

a long over due pottery post

i've been doing loads of pottery and not much painting ... and no blogging!!
so here is some pottery that i've done lately!

this piece is about 8 inches square and was using a newish glaze for me ... i did it with designer liners which are small squirt bottles with thin tips for writing and fine work ... i love them!
     

these two pieces below, a big bowl and a plate, are turquoise under glaze applied thickly and then wiped away on the high spots .... then celadon glaze ... with is a super glossy good green.... 
 

i gave these ornies to a pal for her birthday .... it's not christmas .. but i like the idea of having them around all the time.... and orange is my favorite.
                         

these below are a couple of grad gifts i made.
        

i work as an art teacher at a catholic school .... and at the end of my happy first year, i gave these to the people i worked with most and best.
        

this is a platter that i LOVE ... it is super flat bottomed and had nice chunky sides .... i don't much like dainty pottery even though the finer it is, the better the craftsmanship ... this one is just how i like them ... 
       

this one below has sort of become my specialty ... bright underglazes, black underglaze wash, lots of texture .... the most work of any of the pieces i do, but my favorites because of the many good colors.
       

here's another multi colored fave.
       

lately, i usually do white clay because my underglazes show up so well on it ... but this is gray speck ... the clay looks gray when you start ... and goes specked .... i did a mexico point wash off and then clear glaze.... 

and i started doing wheel again after a 16 year break (that's how long ago i got pregnant with my 15 year old) .... haha.... i took off for a pregnancy and ended up skipping for her entire childhood ... but i went back to the wheel with that child .... and her big sister ... so that was extra fun ... perhaps i'll put so wheel thrown pieces on soon .... if i become a blogger again....