Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Challenge

I always like to see what the monthly challenge is at Art Bead Scene.  This month's painting really spoke to me,  with its deep reds and purples, against pale yellows and smoky greys.  It's always a good incentive to get me down to the studio to create something.  This month I actually got it together enough to complete the project before the end of the month!


I started by making a crackled sheet of inked and foiled polymer clay.  I thought it turned out perfectly!

 Unfortunately, after it was cured it became quite a bit paler, and not as red as I would have liked.  Oh, well, must forge on, the end of the month is approaching and I am out of time!  I made three etched brass pendant pieces, and riveted the polymer pieces to them.  The title of the painting is Tres Personajes, (Three People), so thought this kept to the theme.  Here is a detail of the necklace.


 And here is the whole thing.  I strung it with some czech beads and tiny brass disks.  I also got fancy and soldered and forged the back links and clasp of the necklace.



All in all it was a good exercise, and I am happy with the finished product (even though it isn't as dark as I wanted).  

Friday, July 26, 2013

This is a 4" by 4" polymer clay tile that I created with the theme of Alberta wild rose.  I am one of over 300 artists donating pieces that will be combined into several assemblages.  These will be 10 tiles by 10 tiles, and will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross, for Alberta flood relief.   I am excited to see what everyone else did, and how the pieces all will look together.  Here is a Swerve article about the project: Alberta Flood Wild Rose Project



I thought it would be an interesting challenge.  I never work this large (not too many people want a 4" pendant!) and I don't really "do" flower canes.  So I went to my usual mokume gane technique.  The roses ended up being pretty subtle, but there are three of them there if you look hard!  I imagine most of the submissions will be little paintings, but I always like to take an opportunity to show what can be done with polymer clay.  This was a win/win: poked at my creative muse, and will raise money for a good cause.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Calyx Show

Hi, everyone.  I just wanted to let you know that I have been accepted into the lovely Calyx show again , and I will be exhibiting on April 21.   I have been busily making some new pieces for it, in bright spring colours (while trying to ignore the endless snow outside!)  I will try to post pictures of the new things between now and the show.