Sunday, May 29, 2011

Week 23 - Sakura - Cherry Blossom

 Cherry blossoms are finally over but I just made a cane for another project and I got the idea of cutting slices, backing them with a translucent sheet and trimming to the shape of the cane. I textured the centers with a little straw. It might be fun to make a texture sheet that co-ordinates with a cane. Got to try that soon.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting Ready to Take Off

Birds for Seymour Art Festival Show
It has been a really busy week though I am hard pressed to say where the time all went. I get in a bit of a flap when I am getting ready for an out of town show. Just the thought that if I don't pack it, it is not going to be there. Well it is not there, I won't sell it, so that's easy.

The show, Creative Chaos will not be until next Friday but my daughter and I will be leaving Monday or Tuesday to have a little family visit in Penticton on our way to Vernon. so it is a road trip. A run for the sun, away from the wet coast.

When I am back I will be to put the finishing touches on my work for the Seymour Art Festival. The birds pictured here are a sneak preview of a acrylic and polymer clay painting that I will be showing at the Seymour Gallery.

I made stamps out of flexible polymer clay which baked and then used to make black polymer clay birds.  I painted with iridescent metallic acrylic paint. Simple but close to the look I wanted.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Week 22 - Fire and Ice

Only the picture today, have to run.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First Day at Trout Lake Farmers Market

Just another rainy day in paradise. Here in the Wet Coast we love the rain, we love the sun too but today that was to be considered. In spite of the weather there was an enthusiastic crowd buying yummy food and bedding plants. Soul Food on my right sold out to the their taste urban grown greens and radishes and next to them The Apple Barn was resplendent with green house heritage tomatoes, yum.  On my left Stephanie wowed the crown with beautiful copper patina jewelry, and there were a few quiet too.  And so begins the season.

Stephanie at work during a quiet moment.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week 21 – Fire Bird

 It seem the more I am doing the less I am blogging, but it is all about the pictures anyway. I have been spending my clay time making whistles. Finally I have a dragon fly whistle that works.

The canes that I made for the red milliefiori evolved into my Firebird buttons. If you are less than happy with a group for canes making them into a kaleidoscope cane nearly always makes you feel better.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Week 20 – Windows for Beginners – Less is More

 These buttons are simple mokumegane. The light and dark are the two sides of the same stack of colours: black, gold, blue and white. The rust coloured lines are stripes placed between the two faces of the mokumegane.  Later I tried the same technique  including more brighter coloured lines. A failure I think. Some times less really is more.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Green on Green

Sometimes and outrageous colour combination is just to good to pass up.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vancouver Airport is for the Birds

My bird have been chosen for sale at the CCBC Craft House Shop at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). I assisted them in their flight on Tuesday but it will be a couple of weeks before they have nested in and be ready for sale. Nine other artists have been chosen and the shop keeper is waiting for all of them to bring in there work, then there will be a major shuffle and my birds will be among the new offerings.

I know that is it is Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) in Japan but for me it’s YVR Day because not only have my birds been chosen but today I am off to the airport again to meet my daughter who has been off in Guelph at University since last the middle of last August. It will be so good to have her home.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Many Pictures so Little Time.

Once or twice a month I volunteer to help with an installation at the Seymour Art Gallery. It is always a bit of a challenge and a good time. Today the challenge was a one week show with hundreds of unmounted pieces of work by student from local schools. I think this is a record for the number of pieces to be put up in one day.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Week 19 – The Power of Black

There was a plan but when I got to the studio I realized that I didn’t have any blue clay there. The plan is postponed so I improvised. there were some nice spring colours and a little black. Not a lot of black but enough to separate the colours in a kaleidoscope cane. I have never used black in quite this way and I am amazed at how it takes over – I really didn’t use very much. Better think about this.

Meanwhile out side spring is springing all over the place. I have almost got my taxes in – as usual at the last minute but next year.

I am yearning to get out in the garden.