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January 2013

Freedom

So, for 2013 I have started to go back to allowing myself a little more freedom with my drawings and paintings.  I will probably always be a fairly "literal" artist in that I don't "do" abstract art.  I can appreciate it and love the flow and feel of it, but am a more restrained artist myself.

But for the past couple of years I have been focusing on drawing birds and animals in a mostly lifelike manner.  Trying to get the colors right and focusing on the animal itself.  This year I am going to explore my own interpretations a little bit more and see what I can come up with. 

I still like to add in all of the detail, but I think it will be more in a fanciful and determined way.  My first batch of pieces (besides the large totem I am still working on) have come out of the kiln and been mounted and titled.  You can see that I have taken liberties with the colors and have been working on creating an atmosphere with each little piece by expounding on the backgrounds and settings that each bird is in.

Ground Cover 1"Ground Cover"

Blue 1"Blue"

Extended 2"Extended"

About Town Card Holder 3"About Town"  Business Card Holder



We will see where this takes me.  I will probably still do some realistic birds to please the audience (and stay in practice) but I am really liking the freedom of color, pose, shape, etc you see in these pieces.


Coyote Down

Last fall I purchased an 8 foot log with about a 14" diameter from a lumber yard and had them saw one side of it flat.  The idea was a huge glass totem pole for our yard.

Well, the time has finally come - spare time to start working on this awesome project. Over the holidays I drew the design and last week started to cut the glass and work on the firings.  I have reverted back to my first way of painting and coloring that I adapted from Richard LaLonde.  That is, I used a squeeze tube of black Glassline paints to do an outline, then fill in the outline with frit.  In this process there is no shading.  That means the depth is more two dimensional, but the colors really pop. 

That is exactly what I wanted - really bright, pops of color on this totem.  This will truly be my largest piece to date and I am hoping it will be magnificent.  I chose to use animals for this totem that frequent our home.  There is a coyote, a raccoon, a skunk and an eagle on top.

Each section of the totem is painted, fritted and fired seperately and then will be layed together on the wood when the weather warms up.  I just pulled the third section of the coyote out of the kiln this morning and just had to lay it down to check it out!

The background is my very busy braided rug, but you get the idea, I hope.

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There are three sections of glass here and the total coyote is about 12" wide and 40" tall.  You can kind of see the breaks - one just below his "hands" and one just below his jaw line. 

Here is a picture after just the first section was complete and laying on top of the colored pattern.

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I had to make a run up to my supplier about an hour and a half away yesterday to get more frit for this totem and other projects.  So now I will be off and running.  The raccoon and the skunk are done in one piece each, so the progress will seem a bit quicker until I get to the eagle on top.  The eagle has a body section, a head and two large spread wings.