Saturday, June 14, 2014

Leaf Dish

I put a ruler by this to show its size, "Quality Paint" is my art nouveau glaze which 
has such wonderful texture  at cone 6 and it is "guaranteed" :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gardening all year Round

Shot weed  keeps me gardening all year long
 the first signs of the round little devils
 coming up in January. 

The Wall Flowers will reward me                             
when they start to bloom in February.  
I planted them from seed along the side walk where
they get warmth and full sun.  As they bloom 
out cutting them back seems to help. The plants have 
survived for three years and produce a lot of seed.
I find babies here and there so maybe the birds like them too.

This spring there are changes  in color and stripes in some new plants.




                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I Love Watercolors

 It is like coming home to my self when I get back to painting  watercolors, especially seascapes and landscapes. Visiting a place I've enjoyed to recapture the pleasure of that day using sketches and photos.
 Last Light at Ruby Beach was accepted to the Sequim Arts Show 

Playing in the surf  seems to be the favorite children. 
 As a painting it challenged me to get the glitter of the surf on the beach.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Work for February Show

Getting ready for a Featured Artist show involves a number of steps, -try to create something new-make it- dry it -bisque fire at cone 06 - glaze it-  glaze fire at  cone 6 and clean up any rough edges.
      I especially like the 12 inch  ladies,thought they could be inside or out.  The twisted tube pieces with birds are always a challenge in the glaze firing, just hope the birds will say put and  not take flight into a piece they were never meant for. The small 8 tiles puzzle, like so many things with clay,suggested itself with the left over clay from the other tiles.
                                                   

                 
The white sea gulls make her a tall sculpture
These are just 4 inches, I'd like the idea to make larger plates..


                                                           





                                         
Should we go outside or stay in ?
We might like to stand on a stick in the garden
15 Birds 
8 Piece Puzzle
Red Wing Black Birds





Saturday, January 11, 2014

Featured Artist at Blue Whole in February

                                                Blue Whole for February First Friday.
 New stoneware pieces are to be bisque fired and glazed  this week .
Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Oil Monotypes

The process is fun even though it takes some  muscle to crank the press handle.  Paint is rolled onto the Beveled Plexiglass plate with a brayer which creates a very thin coating  to be transferred to the paper.  Some  oil is removed from paints if they are  very soft and oily and Liquin is added to speed drying.  A complete design or painting can be created on the plate or layers on color plates can be added after the first plate is dry.
     I like to layer because the glazing  creates color showing through or strongly affecting the second layer.  When areas are blocked out the first color is preserved.  The visual affect is not the same as mixing the same two color together,  the added colors play back and forth as transparent or denser overlays.
    Working this way leaves a lot to chance, allowing the image to direct its next addition, block out or changes.   Each additional color layer creates its own personality, mood and suggestions.
Often the image can be shown in all four rotations, each with its own suggestions, balance and impact..

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Landing Art Gallery

The Landing  on the waterfront in Port Angeles has a great commitment to art and artists, space for artist to work and an excellent gallery .  Mostly made up of local artists and a few from out of town, some local members help  with desk and other jobs, sort of a coop with a manager - Jeff Tocher.  I worked  yesterday which brought back lots of pleasant memories of the Waterfront Art Gallery when it was located in the same building.  Work is grouped, show in the atrium  and hall cases.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pottery at Blue Whole


Some new work at blue Whole.

Ned's Demo

B

Draw with a brush ,get the shapes and colors with out the detail ..It was a beautiful day,  low tide at Salt Creek.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Just had a wonderful three hot sunny days Pein Air painting with the Ned Mueller Workshop and a wonderful group of painters.  Training my brain see value in the "open air" using oil was a challenge. Just being outside setting up and trying to get more paint on the picture and less on me was a project.
      The Fine Art Center Show which was much too short ,due to wet oil paintings returning home with their owners (impossible to ship them) was really inspiring.  Big  applause to the Fine Art Center and Susan Spar for organizing and bringing  plein-air to the peninsula.
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blackberries Blue Whole First Friday

    Blackberries will be shown along with Kalaloch Beach-watercolor,  Late Flight- mixed media semi abstract, Sequim Haying Time - watercolor, Continuance- oil monotype and Squawk on the Dock- watercolor will be shown at Blue Whole in September. Come enjoy First Friday.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Making an Owl Vase

First the shape is pulled on the wheel


The ears are pinched shut, an air hole is pierced  and the "owl" is left to stiffen

Feather -like texture , eyes, a beak and toes ate added. the bottom shaped . 


Green clay and finished Owl 

It is easier to make several at a time 

Each Owl has a personality and a shape .

Friday, May 10, 2013

Into the Blue Little Birds

It is always a challenge to present  window displays  at Blue Whole Art Gallery which include new elements or creative projects.  Hanging the birds from their drift wood stick was a strikingly fun  presentation.  Thanks to excellent help from other gallery members, the windows for May are a tribute to what a cooperative gallery can do.
       Coop galleries require a lot of commitment of time and energy to present their artist's work, in return for which friendships,  inspiration
, encouragement  and creative feed back are our rewards.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Two Day Workshops

Bring your materials paints and finished and unfinished  paintings, a lunch and your ideas and photographs for a Workshop on the Elements and Principles of Design, composition and content.
       LOCATION:  The Cabana at Sunny Shores, Serpentine Rd ,off Woodcock Rd. Sequim
       DATES ------   June 17-18  from 10:00 until 3:00  and July 22-23,  10 - 3)
       COST -------- $20.00 a day  (2 days $40.00)  LIMITED to 12 participants
       CONTACT -- Carol Janda  360 452 6356
                               1216 West 5th St Port Angeles  , WA 97363
                               Fees to be paid by June 10


     

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Please Join My Blog

I just sent off the press release for my May show in the window at Blue Whole Art Gallery  in Sequim. Some fortunate artist's have a 'wife' to take care if this activity which is such an involved part of an artist's work.  This Blog has helped keep verbal communication working while isolation in the studio occupies the other side of my brain. I used an oil monotype and a watercolor  enhanced with w/c crayon  and the Teaching Buddha shown in  previous blog.
"My goal is to express , exercise teach and test my accumulated ideas and philosophy through the art I make in clay and painting which has been a driving force and pleasure in my life."

Fields Before an Ancient City

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I just finished a 10 week Watercolor Class which reminded me how much I enjoy sharing my idea, teaching and meeting other artists.  I hope in future to do Workshops with selected projects. (seascapes , abstracts, fog,textures etc.) .