Steve took some really nice pics of Nicole & a few of her classmates last Sat., Dec. 18th at the Reception for Graduate Students. Tracy & Nicole Nicole & Shanell Josh & Nicole Now that she's turned 8, Clarice just got new glasses. She looks awfully scholarly in Mom's cap, gown & hood. :) Feels great to graduate!
I delivered this painted house to the Associated Artists' Gallery in downtown Winston-Salem today. The house is not large enough for a dog, but is a great size for a cat (although, unfortunately, cats seem not to want houses. :( Both sides of the roof are identical, but each vertical wall is different. I wish it had not been raining when I took the pics, or else I could have gotten better shots! Here is the invitation if you want to come to the auction: http://files.changemywebsite.com/746562/doc/ArtofHOInvite.pdf It's free & should be a great nite of fun. I can't wait to show Clarice all the different houses that everyone's been painting. I saw a preview today & they are outstanding.
As a fundraiser for the nonprofit Center for Homeownership , the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem are painting wooden houses for an auction called The Art of Homeownershi p . This project has been so much fun already & all Clarice & I have done is paint the little house white with gesso primer! I will post some more photos as I do this project in stages. It will be a great evening on the night of the fundraiser.
It was so humid this morning, that my camera continually fogged up. I got some better shots of her, but they were fuzzy due to the humidity. We have had some rain here lately. Clarice was looking cheery in her bright pink shirt.
I am thinking of entering this new work in a show next month called "Cultural Crossroads." I have been going through a big Celtic art phase. This piece has elements of the "fire of inspiration" (flames), St. Brigid's cross (the 4 antique brass/metallic elements around the rim of the circle), & of course, Celtic knotwork (body of firebird). I do not know of firebirds being present in Celtic folklore, so my inspiration here is a mixture of Celtic design with Slavic/Russian legend.
Clarice & I had a fun time playing around tonight. I will post some of her work later. Here is a sketch I did of one of my favorite flowers (and words!)... periwinkle. I also practiced the unical hand with my calligraphy set (from my 6th grade birthday party, thank you, Jennifer Holloway) tonight -- just to enjoy some Celtic lettering. The necklace pendant is made of some really cool stone that my Mom-in-law bought for me while she was in Hawaii. I was using it as a (decorative) paperweight to hold open my sketchbook.
A few years ago, I did this pastel painting of this "watery trail:" the Intracoastal Waterway off the NC Coast. I love the IW, and those who are fortunate enough to have spent time boating on it know how it can draw you into its magic.
I actually like my seahorse better than my snake. Maybe that's because it's closer to the original bronze design from the early 4th century B.C. I added a few things to change this from a griffin's head design to a seahorse.
Ever since seeing THE SECRET OF KELLS, I've been interested in Celtic designs & illuminated manuscripts. Added some knotwork and animal features to this "S"sketch as my entry this week for Illustration Friday 's "Slither."
Summer Cakes: maple leaf, pink rose face down, begonia leaf Small Special Salad Delight (English ivy leaf, boxwood sprigs, pink rose petals) Small Special Salad w/ fork from maple branch Clarice with Pink Donuts & Summer Cakes .