Wednesday, December 5, 2007

mary has male pattern baldness ....or, necessity is the mother of invention .....


i've made countless small nativities ... two, three inches tallish ...not big ..... then i went to an art show (oh, i was in it, that's right) .... and saw these GORGEOUS angels ..... big .... why do i do so small? ok .... i'll do bigger then .... so, i did a nativity with the biggest figures about six inches ...and their heads about golf ball size ..... and then i got fancy ... i got a garlic press and made everyone hair ....well, everyone but jesus ... he's a bald baby ..... i finished them out ... fired them ..... high fired them .... they came out a rich chocolate dark loveliness .... and mary's modest head covcring? gone .... lost in the firing process .... most likely due to artist error and i didn't secure it well enough .... and, worse, i hadn't given her a full head of hair under that covering ....i'd pretty much just given her bangs ..... male pattern baldness would have been more hair than she actually had .... so, do i throw her away? start over? nope.... no time, christmas is coming ... so i gave her a fabric head covering .... and once i'd done that, joseph needed some accessorizing .... and then jesus got some fluffy fibers for hay ... and then i put twinkley sparkles on the angel wings and hair .... and twinkles on the sheep too ..... and i am SOOOO happy .... i love this nativity so much .... i was going to give it as a gift ... but now it is mine forever ... i love it too much .... that's probably the grandest bit about being an artist .... first dibs on the grooviest things .... 

also, artsy stuff today also included another trip to another fifth grade ... this time i had a class glazing papers in blues .... they'll make them into birds next week ... and we did a sky background on a canvas ....so we have somewhere to put the birds ..... 
 
my studio? a certifiable disaster!!! i have to clean it tomorrow because allison is coming over friday for an art day ...... but as it is now, there isn't a clear surface anywhere ...it is full of half finished christmas projects and MESS .... oh my .... so, tomorrow .... i'm tackling that chore ... at least getting it under control if not getting it all together cleaned up ..... plus, i have one more fifth grade to do art with ...... more paper glazing .... 

3 comments:

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

very nice set, how special that you'll keep it forever! don't clean up too much, it will stint your creativity!

see you there! said...

I love the fabric with the ceramic, it is just that kind of "quirky-ness" that can make a work of art stand out... and does make it stand out in this case.

You are one creative lady!

Darla

jeannie said...

I like this nativity!

You do good stuff lady!