Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014/365 Day Art Challenge, Saturday

Well, unless you count dyeing Easter Eggs as being creative, I didn't get anything artistic done today. But that is fine. To be honest, I did all sorts of little things that added up to an entire day. Tomorrow it will just be me and the fur-children, but we will have something special for dinner, and pretend the Easter Bunny left us treats. I have a chocolate making kit my daughter bought for me on a trip, so I am making chocolates! I think it will be a lot of fun. I'll keep you all posted on the results.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014/365 Day Art Challenge, April 18th was a lovely day!

This was a very "zen" kind of day. It went well, all the way around, and it was very relaxing. I got up a bit late since I didn't have to go to the Kerf. It was a bit odd, but not bad. I had a lovely lunch delivered from a Relay for Life fundraiser, and that was heaven. I will be buying again from the next sale, that's for sure!

 I went to the feed store and bought some things for the cats, and saw the most adorable baby goat following someone through the store on her way to her new home. I just wanted to hug the stuffing out of her! The owner said she loved being cuddled, and that she was only a few weeks old, so she would be a bottle baby at her new home. That was fun!

Next, I got started on some of the ornaments I had bisqued, doing the under-glazes and some of the glazing. I have a few things at home, and so some of them make it all the way to the stage where they are ready to be final fired, and some are at other points along the way to that goal. It is very meditative to do work like this; and my mind will wander on its merry way, while the hours wander merrily on their way, too. Before I even realized it, three hours had floated by; but that was fine. The pieces that were worked on have been coated in many layers of colors and glaze, and most of the details have been obliterated. The funny part about it is that the colors are not what they will end up being, due to the nature of the materials in glazes. It is at this stage when I am always a bit nervous. The ornaments look weird, and they are covered in brush strokes, but it always makes the end results so miraculous~ how in the world does something that look like THIS? end up looking like THAT! since unfired glazes are either a pale chalky off-white, a creamy pale green, or the color of  funky chocolate milk. The blue ones you see in the photo have only under-glazes on them, and even that isn't the correct color.

Later this afternoon I worked in my garden, pulling weeds; another very meditative job. My front porch was looking pretty shabby, so it looks a lot better now. And tonight I spent my time on the computer chatting with my daughter. That's been my day! A lot got done.

Those don't look purple! But there is yellow, pink, brown, and purple in here!
Even these with only under-glazes aren't the right color... And where did the designs go?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014/365 Day Art Challenge, April 17, part 1

Yesterday was such a relaxing day. Did some baking, cleaned up some after the repairs, played in the sun... Today I finished my painting. I like it. Even if it is a bit cartoonish, I love the process. Tonight I go to class and see how things turned out for the first firing, so excited! I think I may post later tonight after I get home, so bye for now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014/365 Day Art Challenge, day ??? I dunno!

This is Tuesday, right? You wouldn't kid me, I just have to know...

 It is! Oh my good gravy, I was losing my mind!!! The last two weeks have been so crazy. They've been tearing things apart and re-building them all over this house, after it got hit with a heavy duty HUD inspection. It was in dire need of some TLC, though, and while all the issues weren't addressed, at least they are finished for now, so I can clean up at last, and get ready for the re-inspection (yech.) No offense to the handyman, but I really am glad I won't be seeing him again tomorrow... It was a lovely blustery spring day, and I snuck out and managed to get in a walk before things got started today, that was soo nice. Made the rest bearable.

There was also much accomplished in class today. All my work went into the kiln, (so exciting!) It should be done on Thursday, and I can gather it up and clean it up, and next week it can be glazed. I'm not sure how long things will take to get through the last firing, but there is more than enough work to keep me busy and happy until then. I threw a serving platter and trimmed one of my daughter's ramen bowls tonight,that was more good forward progress! Don't you love it when it all comes together!!!

Tomorrow is a day off of sorts, nothing is planned, which sounds heavenly. I hope your Wednesday is equally uneventful, or at least pleasant. So goodnight!

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014/365 Day Art Challenge, work in progress

Well, its that point of the day again when I have to force myself to stop so the painting can dry. I am very pleased with how this is progressing all in all. Well, there are a couple of places I have to work on, like the corner of her forehead, but they are fixable. Gotta think a bit now about what I want to do with the background and some of the smaller details, but things seem to be shaping up nicely. You can see some of the layers, and there will be more.

I may post later, it just depends on drying conditions. So goodbye for now.

things are pretty flat here

highlights look odd, until that layer of wash goes on.

A bit of tweaking to do and a few more layers, but it is looking good so far. (knock on wood!)