Sunday, July 22, 2007

Feet Of Clay

I usually use 'I'm in the Studio' as the excuse for not blogging. And while that is the favorite in the race, my computer has decided to run for the roses, too. Apparently, this computer is old, tired and full. Hmmm...I resemble that remark.

My backdoor neighbor came over to check it out. He gave me the bad news: to fix it would mean as much money as a brand new set-up. I can't not justify buying a PC. that will just do. When I told him what I did on the computer- photo editing, blog, surfing clay sites, original art tweaking/printing and not much else. I don't do gaming or video. He suggested a Mac and I'm seriously thinking about it. This thought will have to hold for quite a while. I priced them and $1000-$2000 is what the package would be. That's fine, I'll wait. But whilst I wait, every site I visit loads like s-l-o-w-d-i-a-l-u-p, I have mid-speed DSL. And I can type faster than the words appear on the screen. Uh.. I type about 45 WPM, with lots of errors- that is slow. It takes several seconds for the window to even try to go to the site. ARRRGH.

Now, on to the pics. The first is a test leg where I used pottery clay as if it were polymer clay. I found the most clever artist. Her name is Christi Friesen and she works exclusively in polymer. She has several small, but full color books. It's The CF Sculpture Series: #1 Dragons, #2 In the Jungle, #3 Under the Sea, #4 (just out) Cats: Big and Small. She allows people to make similar projects if you make your pieces with three obvious changes- to get around copyrights. Christi wants to teach about polymer clay but doesn't want exact copies of her work being sold for profit. Fair. Actually, that's more than fair and extremely generous of her.

I will be making my variations of dragons, frogs, cats, and jungle leaves but in Stoneware clay fired to full temperature. I won't be coloring the clay before forming, but actually painting it-and not glazing-with a technique called "dry-brush". The sculpture will be painted with acrylic black paint and then colors will be stencil-brushed on. Each color built up slowly, giving the piece true depth. I am so excited about this new chapter in the big book of artistic me.

The next pic is version two of a leg for Wall Hangers- the froggie years. I made three prototypes, then realized that they were too intensely textured. Oops. Changes even as I'm creating.

I will be posting the new line as I finish and approve the results of each piece. I hope you will enjoy the new potted, the new pottery.


LindaSueBuhl said...

Wonderful new chapter in the book of your artistic endeavors! Love the mental picture of how you'll finish the new pieces - will be exciting to see how they are in reality. I'd give a lot to have an artistic talent - I don't decorate a place - I furnish it and I don't arrange flowers - they get put in water. :::sigh:::: but if we listed shortcomings - at least I couldn't be accused of lacking the appreciation of someone else's work! Bless you - and commiseration about the slow computer - we fought that for some time and now have high speed computer and access for our real estate business - couldn't justify it otherwise. Shalom!

Dana said...

Love the frogs! The frog leg wall hanging makes me think it would make a great ring or key holder! Great work, keep on plugging and we will pray a new computer is in the near future!

Anonymous said...

Shaun - thank you for your compliments! and I love what you're doing with frog legs - bon apetite! oh, wait, not that kind of frog legs. ;-)
christi friesen