Friday, November 16, 2018

All Ears

Here is a painting that I forgot to post. It is called "All Ears".

"All Ears" Oil Painting

Crescent City Art Gallery Artists of the Month - Yup, That Is Me!

I have my artwork at the Crescent City Art Gallery in Crescent City, CA at the port.
The day I hung up the show, I received a call from the gallery that one of my lighthouse paints sold. The title was "From A Distance". (Thank you!)

The show will last until the end of the month.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

YOSEMITE 2018!!!

Oil on Board using Palette Knife
Yup, I am back in Yosemite at the same location. This time I had my lovely husband by my side as we enjoyed the quiet of the valley.
We usually stay in Mariposa so we can enjoy the wonderful restaurants and go to mass at St. Joseph. The new priest, Fr. Mike, is a holy, joyful man.
It was quite the adventure since I forgot my canvas at home so I ended up buying the last board available in Mariposa.
A couple of old math geeks who met in college.  What a wonderful adventure it has been!



HAVE I BECOME THE MAD PLATTER? WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

These are two styles of plates created using paper plates as templates with Navajo wheel -  a beautiful red clay.
The plate with the handles was fired with potter's choice and a red oxide stain to cone 5.
The one without the handles was first fired with velvet under glazes, pastel ceramic glazes, and a 50/ 50 mixture of Gerstley borate with a powdered stain and fired to cone 08. Adjustments were made to the colors with the velvet glazes and a clear glaze was brushed over the top surface.
Sea and Sand - 5 inches, High Fired Navajo wheel, Potter's Choice,  Red Oxide

Flying Too Close To The Sun  - 5 Inches,  High fired Navajo Wheel, Variety Glazes


How was the swallow created? 
1. Brush three layers of the  50/50 mixture of Gerstley borate with a powdered stain mixed with distilled water onto  large ceramic plate/flat surface. Wait for it to dry between layers. 
2. Print out your favorite clip art onto your basic printer paper. 
3. Place the clip art face up onto the plate with the dried mixed so you can see what to draw. Use a pencil to make the lines thicker. The 50/50 mixture acts like carbon paper and will stick to the backside of your paper. 
4. On wet green ware - clay that has not been fired, place the image side transfer face down onto the clay and  gently rub the design transfer.   




Monday, September 24, 2018

Thank You For Buying My Art

I want to thank all of you who have purchased my art at the Manley Art Center, Harbor Gallery and in my studio this year including the landscape paintings, still life paintings,  cat and dog portraits, magnets, uppity beach buttons, cat pins, Mexican pottery bowls and cards. 
I have put more paintings, hand thrown raku vases and raku clocks in the Manley Art Center. Please come by as they will be available September and October.
I  have a scheduled show at the Brookings Library in October and a show  at  the Crescent City Harbor Gallery in November.

Manley Art Center has a wonderful show of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild on display, too. Don't miss it!
SOLD


Thursday, September 6, 2018

WORK AT MANELY ART CENTER

I have cat and dog paintings,  Mexican pottery bowls and my pottery uppity beach buttons for sale at the Manley Art Center. 
As always, the prices are very reasonable starting at 5 dollars for the smaller bowls. Perfect for jewelry and spices for the table. You can even put a small candle in them.
Hope you stop by.




Another Iconography Class with Raymond Vincent

I had a wonderful opportunity to take another iconography class with Raymond Vincent  at Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings, Oregon. There were several participants  who had never held a brush and did the most amazing work.

"Mother of Tenderness" Icon on Board



Friday, August 24, 2018

Black On Black

This is an oil painting of a black cat with black background. I took the picture on my patio to the sun is shining on the left side but you can get see the slight value change between the background and subject.



Test Tiles and Miniature Mexican Pottery Bowls

I am intrigued by these little bowls after taking a Mexican pottery class. I love the beautiful red clay and the velvet glazes..  The red clay is Navajo Red.
I am also experimenting with under glazes and transfers on the tiles. The clay is speckled buff.
All were fire to cone 5.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Stains, Stencils and Clay - Oh My

This is a fun project. I am testing stains, stencils and clay. This process is where you transfer an image onto wet clay. This has not been fired yet so it is still green ware.
I am preparing to display my new works in September, October and November in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Black Mason Stain, Velvet under glazes and Calico Clay 


Here Kitty Kitty

Here is one of my Mexican Pottery Cat Bowls.  It was immediately snatched up by a fellow cat lover.
Navajo Wheel clay with Velvet glazes fired to cone 05

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Thank You For Purchasing My Artwork

I want to thank the art patron who bought two of my local  paintings at the Crescent City Gallery.


Well Bless My Soul

I took an iconography class with Raymond Vincent at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery outside of Wilits, CA. It  was an amazing 5 days with instructions, vespers and mass every day. What a wonderful retreat with beautiful views,  delicious food and, of course, the holy men.

My icon of the Mother of God  below is painted with tempura and 23 karat gold.
The tempura is made with fresh egg yolk, vinegar, water and color.

To start the painting, I transferred a simple pattern with graphite paper onto a white gesso board. The instructor, Raymond Vincent, demonstrated on my piece, as needed,  to help me with the instruction.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

COW TIPPING ALERT!

Using your imagination, doesn't this look like tipped dairy cows? 
What are they actually? These are my Mexican style bowls drying in their forms. 
Those aren't udders. They are feet.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mexican Pottery Bowls

I took a wonderful Mexican pottery class with my sister-in-law and cousin in Grass Valley, CA at the Mud Hut .  Neither my sister-in-law nor cousin had experience with pottery or painting.
The instructor, Clauda Jeffers was and is a  fantastic instructor.

After two session, we all had a completed, beautiful, Mexican pottery bowl to serve delicious food to our families and guests.


  
The blue bowl is mine.
The pink bowl is my sister-in-law's.
The white bowl is my cousin's.
What a wonderful time with family!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Dogs are in the Animal House at Sacramento Fine Arts

Two of my pieces were accepted in an open call at Sacramento Fine Art Center in Carmichael, CA!
Very exciting. This show is open from January 3rd until January 29th.