Art for Body, Home and Soul

I see the act of making as a human need that speaks deeply to our unique and wonderful souls. At its best, art is a way to bring more beauty, joy, honesty, and authenticity in to a world that is increasingly busy and chaotic. My work extends the idea of art destined for gallery walls in to our every day lives, as Artwear for both our bodies and our homes.

Thoughts on the Sustainable Creative Community Hearing

I wrote up my notes from the public hearing hosted by NEMAD on June 6 about Creative Sustainability in the Northeast Arts District (you can see the notes here or download a PDF version public-hearing-on-creative-sustainability-in-the-northeast-arts-district), but there were several observations, concerns, and other thoughts that I had personally that I would like to share on my own. As I look…

Creative Strength Training: Week 2 poetry

Jane Dunnewold has a book on Creative Strength Training and there is a Facebook group doing exercises this summer as a “summer camp” based on their training classes. A friend pointed me in that direction and I am trying it for now to see how it fits with my other practices – it may stay, or it may fall by…

February already?

I don’t know where January went! We had a few balmy days right at the end of January and then we have had a run of snowy days here in Minnesota, so now we are back to blindingly white snow cover. I have found a new inspiration-artist whose extensive blog and classes have kept me company as I fight a…

2016: A New Year, changes ahead

Each new year brings a prompt to evaluate the past and consider options for the future, and 2016 is no different. The last year had its share of challenges and changes as I continue to refine my artistic voice, skills, and consider the right path for Tiglio Arts as a business as well as an outlet for my art. One…

March ABS challenge: Emily Carr’s Haida Totems

It seems that each month brings a slightly different sort of challenge, or at least I keep finding new things to learn about my work as I do them! I loved the colors in her watercolor and I have always been fond of the Pacific Northwest, so I expected this month to be at least easier than last month. I did some searching for other images by Carr and found that she used more vibrant colors in other pieces and a bit about her history.

I was in NH for several weeks visiting my mother and I took advantage of her art library to see what she had on Inuit art in general and totems in particular. I realized that I was far more used to seeing strong contrasts and bold colors in both totems and Inuit prints, which led me to ponder the pale shades of Carr’s watercolor and what this discrepancy might mean to me.

February ArtBeadScene Challenge: News of Spring!

The February challenge piece is an illustration from 1913 by Edward Julius Detmold, “Amapolus”. The colors are not really my normal palette and the delicate precision of the illustration felt a bit intimidating at first, I have to admit. My work is organic, but not in the precise, lovely way that Detmold’s work is!   I did enjoy  working with…

Vessel Rehab’s

Both vessels have survived their days in rehabilitation, I am happy to report. They ended up providing fodder for more surface finish and sculptural experimentation as well as providing the lessons on patience I mentioned in the earlier post. 😉 I added several layers of inks and mica powders on the back of this piece, re-fired it with a line…

Vessels, the next chapter

The next phase of experimentation with various forms and finishes resulted in one of my favorite vessels so far , one I like fairly well, and a couple of “learning experiences” (aka, frustrations!). The vessels started as neutral colored, wrapped forms around the outside of a bowl for the “top” section and around a soft support for the base. I…

IMG_1843

Experimentation with Vessel Forms

The Polymer Clay Guild I belong to does periodic “challenges”, particularly when we are coming up on a group exhibit but also just for fun. The challenge for February is to make a “bowl”, however you define that, and I have been wanting to try some polymer vessels in addition to the fiber ones I have been doing up until…