In the middle of the fall season I rarely have time for anything but getting ready for show after show after show. This year I swore to myself that I would paint at least one day a week. Well, that went down the tubes after the first shows came to pass. I just can't keep up. On the rare occasion that I do get a space to paint I am excited and thrilled. This is the second picture of Will in the tree/heart series. There are some major issues with the composition that will be changed next go round. But all in all it is getting there. I think as the painting has its way it will mean bigger hands coming off the panel and water to the waist. The hands will be lifted slightly. There is a religious undertone to this painting. I have always done Madonna's throughout my career but I have never done a picture of a male religious figure. This is the first. And Will really does look like some images of Jesus.
Every time I open the kiln there is an excitement, a thrill at seeing just what everything looks like with a glaze on its surface. Here is a group of face mugs and pot that are meant to touch on the old tradition of the North Carolina face jugs. The traditional ones are super grotesque and used to scare me as a child. Now I am kinda in love with them but at the same time wouldn't want to run into one in the dark. I try to make mine a less scary and maybe a little goofy. I like making the mugs because they are fun to look at in the morning with their grimaces and teeth bared as if to say," i understand that this morning thing sucks!"
This little picture here I have tried to delete but it wants to stay for some reason. It is actually the bottom of the face jug. And the picture below is the Christmas-like gift I saw this morning.
Sometimes, especially after watching a super scary show, I feel like there is something behind me watching. I have a great imagination and I let it run wild now and then. Today was such a day and hence....the eyes pot. Many, many sets of eyes staring and staring as I was carving. Towards the end of the carving I started thinking about evil eye charms I have seen through the years and decided this is an evil eye pot to ward off any lingering bad spirits or mojo in the air.
The crows have descended on the truck for a crow convention. People have been bugging me to paint the truck for a year and I have procrastinated and procrastinated until Will (super husband) primed the truck for me and then painted it the green that I choose. All I had to do was make the stencils and spray on the crows. I am not sure if I am finished. I may put some words on the truck. We have had a great time driving around with the new paint job.
Inspired by a local owl, and just trying to get in the mood of Halloween, I had an Owl day. Everything I carved yesterday was all about Owls. Here are 3 of my favorites. The bottle is actually a water bottle. You fill the bottle with water and put it in the fridge. I usually leave mine in the fridge at least 2 hours. When you put the bottle on the table, the water will stay cold all through dinner without ice.
It is Rabbit the newest member of the family! She is adorable and the light of the whole family's days. The dogs love her and would nuzzle her all day long but she swats them into place when she tires of all the attention. She is like a little rock star with the dogs and me and Will as groupies. Here she is after an exploration into the fireplace. What a mess that was!