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Reflections, Goals and a Sneak Peek

I've been thinking back on 2013 and what I've done over the past year. Most of what comes to mind is art. I had a great time taking pottery classes with my mom and learning that new (still developing) skill-- I like to call it my new love. But, I didn't paint nearly as much as I would have liked and it's not because I didn't have time. I've been reminded throughout the year, in several ways, that we make time for things that are important to us-- and don't get me wrong, it's not that painting isn't important to me. But through my reflections, I have come to realize that being creative is what is important to me. When I'm doing pottery, my creative need is being met and so I don't feel as strong of a need to paint. I am satisfied with what I create each week in the pottery studio. And when pottery class is not in session, I pick up my paintbrush more. I think my mom said it best when I was complaining about not being able to do pottery for se…

Watercolor Collage: Orange Flower

I finally received the mulberry paper I ordered to make watercolor collages. This paper is much closer what I had in mind for collages. I did this little orange flower just to test what the paper did when I painted it with color, overlapped it with other colors, and how it dried:

The colors are very vibrant when they are wet, but when they dry, they pretty much go back to their original color-- which is good, I suppose. There are no surprises when the glue/water mixture dries. I will admit, however, that it's a little disappointing after seeing how vibrant the colors are when they are wet. Also, there isn't a lot of transparency when the glue/water mixture dries. When different colors are overlapped, not much of the bottom color comes through. All in all, I think mulberry paper will be great for collages.

Art Journal: Stacked Blue Collage

One thing that I like about the rice paper is that it tears pretty much in a straight line if you want it to. That made it easy to make this linear collage:


Art Journal: A Christmas Doodle

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

White Poinsettia

I love painting poinsettias. It's a rather simple flower and the layers and shadows make it a lot of fun to paint. I have painted a few red poinsettias, but never any white. I've always been intimidated by the white ones-- until now! It turns out they're not that hard to paint at all. I especially had fun with different tones of white in this one.





Art Journal: High Contrast Collage

A watercolor collage made with contrasting colors:

Not sure how I feel about this one.

Art Journal: Abstract Collage

A small collage of painted rice paper:

The colors remind me of a summertime sunset.

Watercolor Collages

I found this watercolor collage I did in high school and I thought it would be really fun to try it again:


I thought I used rice paper to create the collage, so I ordered some on Amazon and waited patiently for it to get here. I realized very quickly when I opened the package that rice paper is NOT what I used to create this collage. The paper I originally used had a lot of fiber and texture. The rice paper is very smooth and thin. So I did some research online and discovered that there is a fibrous paper called mulberry paper that is used in Japanese painting. I think that will work much better for this project and it is on its way!

In the mean time, I figured I might as well try using the rice paper for a watercolor collage. I painted two sheets. On the first sheet, I started with a layer of just water because I wanted to see if the colors would blend. Turns out that was a bad idea. The paper got fragile very quickly and the top layer started peeling off in little balls. I painted i…

Art Journal: Fill the Page

The purpose of this doodle was to see if I could just fill the page without getting stuck, because that seems to be a problem for me:



I did it! Now I just need to decide whether to paint it or not...

Raku

This is the last of my pottery for a while...

Raku firing does amazing things to the glazes. I hadn't done a raku firing before this class and now I wish I had. I know I'll definitely be doing a lot more raku in the future.

The shape of this vase was an absolute accident. I think that the clay got a little too dry when I was shaping it on the wheel and it started to twist. Rather than scrapping the whole thing, I kept it because even though it was an accident, it was different than anything I had ever made before
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This little round pot turned out way better than I ever could have imagined. Half of it is a metallic coppery-red and the other half is a marbled white and yellow with flecks of copper.


Art Journal: Big Red Poppy

Lidded Pots

My new favorite thing to make is lidded pots. They are probably the most complex thing I have learned to make so far and I made three of them during my most recent pottery class.



The knobs were thrown on the lid itself. So, after the lid was formed, I put a round piece of  clay on the top of the lid and formed it on the wheel. It was really daunting at first but a lot of fun once I got the hang of it. The one thing I do need to get better at is fitting the lid to my pot. These were all a little too small.


Art Journal: Circles

Had a lot of fun watching these colors bleed into each other:






My First Bottle

One of my favorite pieces from my most recent pottery class is this bottle:


This was one of those pieces where I didn't really have anything in mind when I started and I just kept working the clay until I got a shape I liked. I tried to do others after this, but I couldn't quite get it to work. I guess I got lucky that time.
Not only do I really like the shape of this one, I also really like the glaze. I dipped the whole thing in white first and then three layers of Jensen Blue. The result is an awesome mixture of orange, brown, gray, blue and purple.


Art Journal: Remembering Snow

Winter is coming and I've been thinking a lot about snow-- how magical it is when it finally arrives (for a day or so) and also how to paint it.

A quick sketch from my art journal:


Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!
I took this picture a few weeks ago while strolling Wheeler Farm with my boyfriend:

The blue and red head. A touch of orange on the beak. The grey and black feathers. The textures. I just love him.

Art Journal: Paint Splatters

Paint splatters on a few of my favorite flower doodles:


Pots...not Bowls

In my effort to avoid making bowls, I made a couple of interesting shapes that are...almost bowls.


You can't tell from the picture, but this is probably the largest pot I've made so far. I wish I could have defined the shape better by bringing in the collar a bit more. But by the time I got to this point, the clay was starting to do weird things and I wasn't sure how much longer I could keep working it, so I stopped here. I still really like the shape and I am very pleased with how the glaze turned out.

Red either turns out beautiful or booger green. I learned that probably the biggest factor in determining what the Jensen Red glaze will do is where it is fired in the kiln. The instructor said to put a note in any of the pots that are Jensen Red and he would put it in a good place in the kiln. It worked perfectly for this one, but not so great for another one of my pots, unfortunately...

This small pot probably turned out to be my favorite from this class. It's small b…

The Forgotten Bowl

I totally forgot about this bowl when I was writing about my bowls the other day. It was washed and in the cupboard ready to be used. This one is my favorite BOWL from my most recent pottery class:


A Card for Davie

My youngest brother, David, is serving an LDS mission in Dallas, Texas. I've sent him a few letters but never a card that I'd painted like I did for Tom (who will be home VERY soon). How rude, right? It's about time I send Davie a painted card.

I've been messing around with the idea of using masking tape to create layers. Sometimes it turns out well and other times it's a disaster. What usually ends up happening is the tape sticks to the edge of the paper and tears off a layer of the painting. I was very careful to make sure that didn't happen this time.


I started from the middle and worked my way out. At first, I was very patient and waited for each layer to dry before taking the tape off. When I saw that it was working and that I was liking the effect, I grew more excited and thus, more impatient. So, I got out my hair dryer and started blowing each layer dry. The result was paint bleeding under the tape-- which I kind of like in this case. I think this would…

Altered Forms

We had a new instructor for our most recent pottery class and I'm so glad we did because we learned so many new techniques. One new thing I tried was making altered forms. There are apparently many ways to alter a pot and I tried what are probably the two easiest.

For this one, I made a tall, round pot and just used the wood handle of a tool to make it square by running the handle from the bottom to the top of the pot on opposite sides. I really like the idea of square pots and I'd like to do this with a much larger pot (if I can ever work with that much clay).



Another new technique I tried was using the edge of a tool to draw squiggly lines around the pot while it is spinning on the wheel. After the lines were drawn, I used my fingers to push out different sections on the pot to give it more dimension. I think it would have worked better on a bigger pot. The sections I created were so small that it made it difficult to push them out enough to make a large visible difference.


Sold!

I recently received an email from a very nice woman named Tracey asking if she could please buy one of my paintings. I don't advertise my paintings as being available for sale, but if someone wants one, I'd love for them to have it. So, now this little guy is on its way to Kentucky. Yay!


Bowls

My mom and I just finished our fourth pottery class and I think it was our most successful class so far. We ended up with lots of new shapes and designs. We branched out and tried new things with glazes. And our pots just get bigger and bigger (my mom's especially).

I only ended up with a couple bowls this time around and it wasn't on purpose. I had something else in mind when I was making these but I just couldn't make it happen and they turned into bowls.