The new (old) studio is up and running and working perfectly. I can get as messy as I want! I have room to dance and there's even the odd little field mouse that shows up to see what I've been up to.
Hello, I'm back! Thank you to all of you who have patiently hung in there. I hope to share some interesting things with you this year.
To start, here are some very rustic, hollow beads. They fascinate me. Pods. In the garden. In the studio. Claire Maunsell gave a 1-day surface technique class in Montreal last spring and I'm so glad I was able to take it before the move. She's a lovely lady, talented, totally forthcoming, and a great example of "mining a vein". Look her up (she has a blog, www.stillpointworks.blogspot.com, a flickr site and an etsy site).
This is my starting point for this year in polymer clay:
The bead we made in the class using various surface techniques:
The goal, in taking any workshop, should be, not to do identical work to that of your teacher, but to apply what you've learned to your own work, thus broadening the creative application.
Here's the subsequent development in my own work:
|mounted as a pendant|
These beads are all hollow, looking substantial but light in weight, yet very strong!
Here is our new place:
|Unaltered photo!!!!! Sunrise on the salt marsh, from the deck.|
|same time, rotating 45 degrees, ocean view from the deck, tide is out.|
|view from living room window, tide is in|
|Some of our neighbours enjoying the sunlight on the crumbling pier.|
|other neighbours going for a stroll on the beach|
|"MY red cliffs"|
|tide is in|
|View of The Arctic Fox (in yellow, bottom right), pier and house from 800 feet out (low tide)|
|165 year-old house built by Capt. John Ross with beams and planks from a ship that went aground in St. Mary's Bay, across the street|
|The Artist's Mark, my new studio! Painting|
|metal and wire work|