Thursday, April 26, 2012

miniature ventures

Hello! Here are a few tiny mandrake babies I made for a dollhouse show that was held in Chicago. They are way too labor intensive to make for sale again, but I might make a couple for my own dollhouse garden. I made the pots and most of the sculpture from polymer clay, with accents from lichen, stones, sand and flock. They came out pretty cute, I think.
These little sculptures were adapted from some of my existing pieces. I carved bases and altered each one a little, so they are different from the originals. These little pieces work surprisingly well in a miniature setting. I did really well with these tiny statues! I'll probably try making a few more sculptures, maybe some reproductions of my favorite artists work. I wonder if folks would like seeing miniature Kiki Smith bird people? I know I would. Actually, cats might go over a little better. Anyway, they are just a fun side project. Tell me what you think!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Art Fest

Art Fest 2012 has come and gone and I was really happy to be a part of it. The days past in a blur of teaching, laughing and making new friends. It rained most of the days and I was too busy to take pictures during class, so I don't have many photos. The two beach pictures were taken on North Beach. It was really windy, but beautiful.
Look how rocky this beach is! Very pretty, but extremely treacherous, especially if you were clogs.
This is a tower on Fort Worden, a lovely structure with a castle-like feel, overlooking the sound.
For some reason, the place is crawling with friendly deer! You can walk right up to them. I liked seeing them fearless and peaceful.
I found this little sprig on a bush loaded with flowers. I might use the bell shape of the flower for something....maybe in my new root baby paintings. Andrew will have more on that subject.
I am totally enamored with the shapes in lichen. The lace-like forms are so pretty and reminiscent of underwater creatures. Don't they remind you of coral?
Here's a class sample from my Wonder Cabinet Butterflies class. I wish I'd gotten pictures of the students work. There were so many cute ones! Maybe Andrew took some pictures. I hope so. It felt so energetic and exciting, which was catching. I am disappointed its the last year, but maybe someone else will step up and take over. Although I am relieved to be finished, since teaching is a bit nerve wracking for me (I get so anxious that I won't be a good teacher). Anyway, it was good practice for some upcoming events.