Tag: Polymer

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…

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…

The Benefits of Art Practices

A key element in the evolution of my voice and skills since I switched to full time art has become the use of practices. Tory brought up several ideas for practices when I worked with her last year, most of which I was less than disciplined about trying at the time, alas. In pulling together my Voice class, though, I…

The Joy of a new Challenge!

As part of my class on Engaging your Voice, I not only did the homework assignment (that’s another post!), but also wanted to provide a real time example of how an art practice can be used to both stimulate and evolve my voice. I have looked at the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge a couple of times and considered it…