Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Echo's ...“Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees” ~ Marcel Proust

I am excited to be a part of a new journey. You must enjoy a visit with in the blogs of both Christie and Susan! Their project called Echo's will touch your creative spirit.

I offer this photo to be paired with another artist's vision of completion. I can't tell you why I love this photo...it just makes me feel warm but poised to embark on an adventure. Perhaps even emerging from childhood into adulthood.

Read the following from Christie's blog posting, follow the links on her site and visit with Susan to see how other photographers are sharing their work...and a new understanding emerging from the pairing of two views of artistic creation.


" I am excited for the chance to take a creative journey with Susan; to get a glimpse on how she views this miraculous world. I am hoping, that you too will join us in the project we simply call: echo. Every 2 weeks we will each post a seperate set of diptychs based on a prompt we decided on prior. The final result is not only a surprise to each of you, but to us as well. What a true delight that is for me! Be sure to take a gander over to Susan’s blog, where she shares our second diptych.

We invite you to take this journey with us .. to take our bi-weekly prompt and interpret it through your camera lens & share it on your blog (or flickr). Be sure to let one, or both of us know in the comments section that you have done it too, I will post a roundup of all the posts I am aware of in the next 2 weeks. If you haven’t yet guessed it, the first theme is ‘emerge’. Whether you work alone, or pair up with someone we look forward to seeing the world through your eyes, your echo.

Warmly, Chrysti

Update: Week 1 Roundup is posted here… see all the creative folks joining in! "

Enjoy my friends...You are in for a treat !

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Win It Wednsdays At Christie Cottage

Christie does a giveaway each Wednesday. The items are sponsored by different artists. You can view the giveaway on Tuesday, then enter on Wednesday...and find out at the end of the day if you won!
I am one of the sponsors on Wednesday,November 4th and I am offering this Celtic Cross in the give away... http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/ and you can visit her Etsy shop at... christiecottage.etsy.com

I will be the 2nd featured shop on the Tuesday before the giveaway and then on Wednesday Christie will have my giveaway.

This unusual raku ornament has such beautiful colors in the light...Coppers,blues,greens,purples...even some silver highlights. These photos are representative of all. It will measure approx. 3 x 4 inches. Could be used as a pendant on a silk ribbon as well. Or hang by your door way.

I have a collection of crosses in my foyer beside my 1930''s glassed door. The morning light is wonderful to show them off.

Visit Christie's blog and enter if you would like to win this unique Celtic Cross. I wish you great luck!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sweet Treasury by Saffron of ElementsOfSaffron.etsy.com

I love meeting new artists on line...especially when they are kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule to comment on my work and give me the opportunity to also view their work.

Saffron is new to Etsy...an August babe in the Etsy Forrest. She chose to feature one of my little pendants in her treasury. Saffron has quite the eye for treasury building ! Stop by and look around her shop...really sweet, delicate creations. ElementsOfSaffron.etsy.com

Isn't her "The Naturalist's Journey" Necklace quite the inspiring piece? Perfect to remember a sunny Autumn day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Project in the works...A Gorgon Sister

As those of you know who follow my work, I like unusual projects and subject matter. I have in the past introduced you to some of my digital alterations that collage my photographs with vintage work by artists and scientist like Ernst Haeckle, DaVinci, Galileo, etc.

This image of a Gorgon's Head is a collage of several elements. Not knowing when to leave well enough alone...I thought I would try to bring it to three dimension in clay. And to take it even further to try to raku the piece. I love a challenge...the more remote success, the better I like the project!

After weeks of drying, then firing to bisque, it took me several more weeks to get up the nerve to glaze and do the raku firing. Those who raku know every piece stands a better chance NOT to do what you want it to do. It will crack, or the glaze not reach temperature and bubble, or if it stands the quick firing and extraction from the more than 1800 degree kiln into the 70 degree air, your tongs may chip it, or crack it...or worse still you drop it.

When in reduction...timing is critical to expose to the air again to get the colors you want...then you only have moments to freeze those colors by dousing with water. Another chance for the piece to crack.

I love raku! I love the process, the danger, the final piece... either small like my raku pendants, or large like this Gorgon's Head. This is to date my largest raku piece. Definitely my most detailed and ornate raku piece.

Though not exactly as colorful as I would have liked...she is definitely a keeper!

Now that she exists in the real world...I must make a home for her. Not until I looked into her eyes did I see this. I wonder where this adventure will lead me? I lay awake at nights trying to sort out how to protect her with out diminishing her over all presence. I think I have it figured out...so check back in a few weeks to see how this will end.

You know that if you look into a Gorgon's eyes...you will turn to stone...oh, the places this leads my imagination!!!

Only her eyes are not clay. I left a hole in the back of the piece ititally for hanging...but my imaginaion runs wild with possibilities to have those fire red eyes gaze back at you. I am a novice at electrical wiring...but this posses another challenge that I may take up. She measures 13 x 10x 3 1/2 inches.

Can you imagine opening the lid of an ancient box, covered in bones turned to stone...with warnings not to disturb...curiosity getting the best of you...and when you ease open the lid...in the darkness the Gorgon's red eyes lazer back at you?

Now only if skill can match imagination...I will have a true Curiosity for you to look at! Wish me luck!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

So Loverly It Is...Don't You Just Love Cashmere!!!

The postman arrived today with this beautiful cashmere collar that I won as a give away at http://kerreraskye.blogspot.com

Shirley has outdone herself. This is magnificently soft and the colors will go with so much of my winter apparel. No jewelry needed when I wear this...can't wait to hear the compliments!

Be sure to visit her shop at Etsy.

I'm off to audition this beauty with my navy pea coat...it's going to be Loverly!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Art from my Raku Stash

You have seen Jeniffer's work here before...she always amazes me with her original designs featuring my little raku treasures. Here are five more designs from her Etsy shop....TocadoraLeather.etsy.com. All her work is wonderful...I am just partial to seeing my little buttons on her gorgeous creations:)

If you want to get to know her and her work a little better, be sure to drop by GlassAddiction's Open Studio Friday interview with Jennifer a couple of months ago...you can find it here...http://glassaddictions.blogspot.com/2009/08/open-studio-friday_14.html

Promise it will be a good read!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Beating of the Drums

I love all things percussion! Rhythm, visceral, like the beating of a heart. Drums touch the core of me. Can it be those genetics from ancestors millennia ago...pulling the vibrations inward...they awakening from a deep sleep?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Special Give Away By Kerrera Skye

Go have a look and work toward receiving this beautiful cashmere collar as a give away at http://kerreraskye.blogspot.com/2009/10/giveaway-cashmere-necklet.html

Shirley has the most beautiful fiber work. The colors are always attention getters...either soft and dreamy or bright and bold.

Be sure to visit her shop at Etsy as well!