FINALLY!!! A new post. It's been an incredibly busy summer and beginning to the new school year, so no posts for a LONG, LONG time. Here's a new painting (acrylic on canvas with a mosaic covered frame). The title is: "A Very Thoughtful Bird Waits For Traffic To Clear Before Crossing the Street To Mail In His Tax Return"
This painting can be seen at the Fairhaven Block Party event this coming Saturday, September 21st. Lucia Douglas Gallery and The Firehouse Performing Art Center will host a one evening event with poetry, dance and fine art. A group show of small canvases will be on display— "Postcards from Fairhaven"with more than 50 artists participating. Check it out!
We were given a large plastic barrel (a prototype) designed to grow plants from these "pockets" cut into the sides. It was all white so we painted the green and purple design on the sides. It's placed on a large base that easily spins so the barrel can be turned with a gentle tug. Jasmin planted a wonderful variety of lettuce and other salad goodies. Pretty cool!
Everyone needs to vote for the cow! (www.artofdairy.com)
One of my students at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington, Rachel Roberts, is a national
finalist in the Art of Dairy contest sponsored by the Lucerne Dairy
company. Online voting began April 17th and continues for
one month (until May 17). If Rachel's cow finishes first in the voting,
the Sehome High Art Department wins $20,000. AND...Rachel wins $5,000
AND... her art teacher (that would be me!) wins $5,000!!! You can vote
as many times as you like (a LOT please!) for one month. To vote: www.artofdairy.com
"Alligator Wrestler" is my newest phone-conversation vessel. She's talking to her mother and trying to convince mom that her relationship is okay... the piece is slab built stoneware covered with black slip and decorated with the sgraffito technique. Underglazes and clear glaze finish the piece off. I submitted this piece for publication in the next 500 Figurative Sculptures book.
A new pot! Wheel thrown and assembled. This pot looks good but isn't quite the look I was hoping for when I was applying the underglazes. The blue bands of slip and underglaze in the middle of the pot actually started to "pooch" and ruffle up, slightly peeling away from the porcelain vessel's surface. I'm not sure why that happened but it still looks okay.