Cityscape Enameled Copper Pendant

Cityscape

Original design of sunrise over a city skyline.  Cloisonné silver polished smooth for striking effect.

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel, which are often of several colors. To make this cloisonné enamel pendant, I made enamel powder into a paste, then needs to be fired in a kiln.

Cityscape

Tex the Cat: In Progress

Tex the Cat

Meet Tex… he’s a tall kitty (about 16″), hand-built using raku clay.  The photo is a little blurry but will give you the idea.  I don’t know what got into me with the cowboy theme.  Soon, I’ll add a sheriff’s badge and a vest… maybe a holster and chaps?  I’m picturing a copper matte glaze for his body (including head and ears), and maybe a lovely rich black raku glaze for his accoutrements.  What do you think?

Tex the Cat

When life hands you snow, make stuff out of it

Snow Cat

In late December, in central Ohio, we can (and do) get every kind of weather.  This year, it snowed.  And snowed some more.   We almost missed out on winter last year, and I was SO excited to get snow – right after Christmas, too!  And thus the opportunity presented itself for sculptures of a different kind.  Snow Kitty was born.

 

Snow CatHe has papyrus whiskers (from our now defunct plant) and coneflower seed heads for eyes (I found a few that the finches hadn’t decimated yet).  The only scarf I could put my hands on is the one my mom crocheted for me a few years ago… I figured she wouldn’t mind, since it was being used for “art.”

 

I built Snow Kitty in our back yard, facing the neighbors and primarily for their amusement.  They couldn’t resist the bait.  The next morning, a galvanized bucket with a few adult beverages had appeared beside Snow Kitty.  I guess he’d been out catting around.

 

Snow Kitty has a friend in the front yard now.  Just to his right is a snow “man” lying on the ground, with a nice, chubby belly, wearing a ball cap, sunglasses, and holding a beer in his right hand.

 

The neighbors haven’t said a word about the two new additions.  Yet.

Flamingoes at Night

Have you ever played an art prank on someone? Our latest art prank was inspired by a neighborhood where we run. Last summer, a flock of plastic flamingoes migrated from yard to yard over several months. The flock took on different configurations, and baby flamingoes joined the group at some point. We made up stories about how the neighbors pulled this off, and we cracked ourselves up thinking of ways we could join in the fun. Our own neighbors are funny, friendly, and good-natured… it’s only natural we would want to share the fun with them! Thus, Frankenmingo and Mummymingo came to be. We just sneaked over to our neighbor’s yard, in the dark and the icy rain, and planted the Halloween flamingoes under their little tree. My husband is their creator and he did a masterful job. Frankie is green and has a bolt sticking out of his neck, various painted stitches, and a black mohawk. Mummy is also green underneath, and he’s wrapped in gauze soaked in some homemade concoction, dusted with glow-in-the-dark spray paint, and has one googly eye. Can you picture them?

I realize it may be a stretch to call these flamingoes “art” or to elevate our goofy little adventure to an art prank. It was fun, though, and creative. I’ve really enjoyed photos and stories about yarn-bombing and people who plant original art in unexpected places for others to discover. I’d love to hear your stories about art pranks and other creative ways you’ve found to infect the world around you with art.

The Alex: Art Cat

The Alex, Art Cat

The Alex, Art Cat

Even when I am painting, he will demand his time for petting and purring.  However, he doesn’t always sit still.

Therefore, when working on Foggy Morning Eagle Flight, Alex was on my lap as usual.  Near the end of the painting I was working on one of the final layers of trees when he decided he needed to reposition.  This isn’t unusual, but this time he decided to rake his tail through the wet paint.  Once I got over the initial shock, I checked his tail to make sure he wouldn’t be painting other areas of the house.  Then I went back to the painting.  He was right, it needed another layer of fog and trees.  I hope you enjoyed how this painting came to be and more importantly the painting itself.

Here it is:

 Foggy Eagle Morning