Ceramic Bowl Sculptures

So much of my creativity arises in dream form first. That was the case with my writing. It was visualized as a secret garden in my dreams, repeatedly, all through the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Then, I started having dreams about my ceramic practice – long abandoned. I had dreams where it came to the fore of my life in college and I thought about majoring in it. I never did that but I enjoyed many classes and after class raku session in pottery.

As fate would have it, my lovely children purchased a ceramic class for my husband and I. (Thanks to them!!) Here are the results. It is all fired at medium-range and is made from

stoneware. I was trying to simulate raku but using an indoor, electric kiln.

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Relaxing Creatively

Recently, I have been exploring organic forms, especially orchids. I have also been investigating new art materials and techniques. Here is a day I recorded, of my afternoon of watercolor painting, after my new set of watercolors arrived. It focuses around an orchid I received for Valentine’s Day.

 

As you can see, it starts with a relaxing combination of teas–sipped throughout the process. Then relishing my lovely new watercolor set. (I love to play with new art materials!) Followed by a sepia-toned sketch. Next, layering-in colors lightly and then finally, full color. All in my handmade paper sketchbook. Then, I went to mixed media board and did a dissection of the petals, using the watercolors, some inks and charcoal (featured image).

Memorial Day at Deer Lake

Having visited Deer Lake, Wisconsin, near the border of Minnesota, several times, I’m feeling as though I’m starting to understand the way land and water come together. Here are a few of the mixed media paintings and a drawing I did there, over the past week:

Calligraphic Art Studies

 

In this mini-series of work, I was fondly recalling my travels in Japan, being hit by a stunning visual array of communications I admired but couldn’t decipher. Further, I was recalling the ways my colleague at the Art Institute helped my students learn about using a brush and ink to create calligraphy.

These paintings were done with bamboo brush and sumi-ink on an absorbent mixed media paper. The work utilizes intuition, spontaneity and the Law of the Universe in its execution.