Summer Adventures

This summer has just flown by! I am not complaining because as soon as the end of summer hits then all the Halloween stuff comes out, and that makes me very excited.

Another exciting moment, I sold all 5 of my Lady Bud Vases! This is the first clay work that I have sold. I might have to make more of these soon.

The next clay project that I am working on are these Dragon Eggs. I am going to make one for each of the elements (earth, air, fire, water, and I might add a spirit dragon in). This first one is my Water Dragon. (It is finished now so if you would like to see more up to date photos follow me on Instagram.)

Here is the design for the Fire Dragon. The neat thing that I haven't pointed out is they open up so you can put little trinkets in them.

I finally finished another page for my Mini-Drawing/Paintings.

Over the summer Chris Cornell from Soundgarden passed away. I shared this charcoal and graphite drawing I did of him when I was about 16 or 17 years old.

We tried Pho for the first time and loved it!

We planted a tree with my Mom's ashes on her birthday. This tree is in my sister's backyard. My sister picked out a Crab Apple Tree. I can't wait to see the blossoms from it!

All 3 of us kids helped push the dirt back in to cover the ashes.

The very next day my niece got married. We had such a great time at this wedding. A really great thing that happened, there was another wedding party outside by the pool of the country club. As it got dark out it started to rain, this poor couple lost most of their cake and a lot of their decorations to the rain. My sister went down and invited them up to share the ballroom with us. We had such a blast!

At the end of July, my sister and 2 of our cousins, took a girl trip to St. Augustine. We ended up at the Fountain of Youth and there were a bunch of peacocks hanging around. This guy was just sitting there posing for me.

Thank you for taking the time to join me on my adventures.  If you would like to see my work in progress pictures or just some creative randomness you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Spring Adventures

I don't really know how to start this blog post. Spring time this year was a tough time and I found it hard to keep up with everything, and the blog went by the wayside. I decided to go ahead and catch everybody up with what I have been up to regarding mostly my art and some life stuff. I will try to keep it short. 

First my freelance business was super busy during the spring that I found myself working day and night to keep up. I am so excited about this, and proud of myself for sticking it out. Here's to more busy and creative days to come.

I kept up with my daily drawings up until right at the end of February. Here are some of the full pages I was able to complete. The size of this sketch book is 5.5x8 inches, to give you a little reference on the size of each of the mini paintings.

As for my ceramics, I wasn't able to get as much completed because the business was keeping me so busy. I did finish these Lady Bud Vases for the Sexpot Show at Flametree Clay Gallery in Vero Beach. These were so much fun to make.

Here is the why spring time was so tough and such a sad time for me. My Mom passed away on her favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day. This was a tough long road. She had an aneurysm that ruptured over 5 years ago and had been in a nursing home in a minimal state. It was so hard to see somebody who was so full of life, and lit up a room as soon as she walked in, not be able to talk or move. We had a wonderful little memorial at an irish bar with an irish singer playing. It would have been exactly the way she wanted it. She always told us to not mourn her death and to celebrate her life.

I thought I would share a fun picture that shows how my love of Halloween and all things scary started since I was a baby. My Mom decided to dress me up as a vampire because my eye teeth were the first to come in. I love this picture so much!

My Murphy dog was laying in the sun and I couldn't pass up taking a picture of him. He is starting to show his age (11 1/2 years old) by starting to relax more. He still acts like a puppy sometimes and will still run and play catch.

Thank you for taking the time to join me on my adventures.  If you would like to see my work in progress pictures or just some creative randomness you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

January Adventures

I have been having a hard time keeping up with this blog lately. I have been keeping myself so busy with not only my business but also with a few personal projects I started.

This month I took another session of the wheel-throwing class. Here are some of the pieces I have thrown this month. I wanted to try bellying out this bowl and if you really look closely you will notice that it is not even on both sides. I did figure out what I did wrong here.

I didn't take pictures of the clay cut out and when it was fired on these stars. I used these as test tiles, to test out some of the glazed I purchased. Some of them are so pretty.

This is the bowl from above after it was trimmed.

This is another thrown piece and I like the shape of it. It is funny how after you are done you think it is taller than it is, there is some shrinkage but it still always seems taller after I throw it.

I threw this one the same night as the above piece.

The cylinder from above I made into a small mug. This is a picture after it had been trimmed and I put a handle on it. My handles tend to still be a bit wonky. I need to practice this more.

And the little bowl from above after it was trimmed.

This mug I threw on a Saturday for more practice. I think this one has ended up being one of my favorites. I still didn't get it has tall as I wanted but it is the perfect coffee mug size. I need to make more time to go in on Saturdays and practice. I am thinking about making a series of these smaller beer stein looking mugs.

Here it is all trimmed and with a handle.

This one I threw in class and it ended up wider but not taller.

Here it is trimmed up with a handle added.

This is the white mug from above. I decided to paint some green underglaze on the earthenware and sgraffito some shamrocks in it.

Here are some pieces I finished the glazing process on them. I plan on doing some blog posts of just the finished pieces on some of these. 

Another smaller beer stein. I was able to get this one a bit taller but I think it is a bit to narrow.

I decided this year to give a yearly project another try. I wanted to practice painting with watercolor and decided to do a small mini painting everyday, well almost everyday. I did give myself permission to do makeup days. I got this idea from Andrea Gomoll, over the month of December she created an Advent calendar where she did a small painting in a circle everyday for Advent. I thought it was such a great idea that I decided to give it a try as a yearly project. I wanted to put a whole week on one page, so seven days per page. The journal I am using is a Mixed Media Strathmore Visual Journal that is 5.5 in x 8 in. I am also using a few different kinds of watercolor paint and might add to it throughout the year. I am using a Sakura Koi Pan Watercolor Travel Set, I have a few of the Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor tubes, and I have purchased both of Jane Davenport's travel watercolor sets. As for the black linework I am using a few different types of fineliner pens, and also some gel pens for details and additional color.

Here are the weekly pages from January.

This month a couple of my girlfriends decided we need to get out of the house more often. We planned to do this on Sunday's when we could all get together and go explore some of the local parks and nature preserves. If you would like to see more pictures from this hike you can check them out on my flicker page.

Our city has started a group where you paint rocks and hid them on your outdoor adventures. We spent a rainy Sunday painting some rocks. Here are the 2 rocks I painted. I still have yet to set them free into the world.

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Thank you for taking the time to join me on my monthly adventures.  If you would like to see my work in progress pictures or just some creative randomness you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook.