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suddenly, the world moved over here

well, not the whole world, just the small part of my world that was on livejournal.

There was no real reason for this move except that I haven’t bothered posting publicly on Livejournal for quite a while. No real reason for that either. I just lost the habit I suppose. And then I got notification of the yearly fee for my journal and well, since I’m hardly ever using it anymore, it seemed reasonable to do something else. So this is something else. WordPress seems like a decent blogging atmosphere and somehow more “grown up” than LJ. Plus it has a nice import feature that enabled me to get my stuff from LJ copied here. Nice feature!

I’m hoping to talk more about art, wildlife and nature in general and maybe not so much about the personal stuff that seemed to makeup the bulk of what’s over at Livejournal (but, ya never know, at least I don’t).

A few things happening now that I’d like to share….

My husband, his friend A.C. Wise and I have put together a new online magazine called The Journal of Unlikely Entomology of which the first issue has garnered some rather nice comments.

We created the journal to be “a new literary market for fiction that delves into the world of things that creep and crawl and explores the limits of what it means to be human” (from the about page). The Journal will be published biannually in May and November, with the possibility of an additional “roving mini-issue” some time during the year. There’s also a blog associated with it, Grump’s Journal, if you are interested in finding out more about the contributing authors and artists. The blog will include announcements, calls for submissions as well as guest bloggers.

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Today is the opening of The Wayne Art Center’s student show, in which I have one small sculpture. I’ve included a picture of it below…but if you are local to the area, please drop by the center and take a look at all the works. There are a lot of very talented people working at the center, and the gallery space at the center is really quite nice.


for the birds

just in case you thought i’ve been idle, here are some pics of the most recent water birds, just finished yesterday.
for some reason, i can’t seem to get decent photos of these two, but you all get the idea. the cormorant is about 10.5 inches and the pelicans are about 11.5 inches at the highest point. both sculpts are sculpture clay with pigmented wax finish.

cormorant

cormorant

two pelicans

two pelicans


water birds

The pelican is done. He came through firing without cracking or exploding, which is always a happy thing. I used a pigmented wax finish on him like the others and think he looks rather fine. He’s about 8×6 inches.

pelican

pelican

pelican


dragon box

just finished sculpting a little clay dragon box. now i get to mull over what sort of finish…glaze? paint? pigmented wax? choices, choices…

dragon box

dragon box


new sculpt ~ heron

started this one yesterday and finished it this afternoon. this one went very quickly…i guess it was time for it. here’s some pictures of it as it dries. it’s 12″ high.

heron

heron

you can see closer views of it on flickr, as usual.


ceramic vulture mask

the latest in vulture masks…sure to be all the rage.

it’s bisque-fired clay with a pigmented wax finish. hanging from jute cord are bones i’ve found over the years.
the photos suck — i’ll try for better ones if i manage to get in a better mood.

ceramic vulture mask

ceramic vulture mask

ceramic vulture mask


“giving thanks” vulture done

the poor twisted thing came through firing without cracking open (although, i did sculpt him with head broken open). i gave him a waxed patina pigmented with raw umber and a touch of pearlized blue. i think he looks quite nice!
here are a couple views (with more on flickr, as always).

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks


vulture sculpt

I’m working on a few sculpts at once…two wall hangings, one of which is a vulture (surprised?) and this new little vulture I just finished and is now drying. Started out like an ordinary vulture and then I sat back, quit thinking and started poking, twisting, pushing and digging. So here’s the poor little guy, bowing his thanks (probably that I finally stopped the torture).

Vulture-giving thanks

Vulture-giving thanks


first day

Today was the first day of my new “Home & Garden” sculpture class. I started a BIG rabbit for my first piece and it should be done and set to dry next week.
but but but
I don’t know what I’m going to do for the next piece. It’s a 12 wk course, so I hope to be fabulously productive.

any suggestions? more rabbits? gargoyles? vultures? birdbath? cute little kitties…er…nah.


rabbit & child

I don’t know how it happened, but I started sculpting a new hare yesterday and today, a baby rabbit showed up in the middle of it. hmmm.

This one pretty much dictated itself. Started out dreaming that I was to make a solid, slightly cone shaped cylinder and then push it all into shape. Which is what I did when I woke up. Then today, it pretty much finished itself by adding the baby.

Here are a few pictures of it in process…as usual, click through for more pictures on flickr.

new rabbit sculpt

new rabbit sculpt

new rabbit sculpt


an eary mishap

so, was on my way to fire the last batch of hares i made when this tragic accident occurred. my newest rabbit lost his ear in transit and had to undergo emergency ear surgery! looks like a wounded soldier in the war between the states, no?

wounded

wounded: closeup

he even looks in pain.
poor wabbit.


undone hares

This year, I’m concentrating on studies of hares–jackrabbits actually. Here are 3 clay studies I’m working on at the moment—all in various stages of undoneness.

undone hares

and a couple close-ups just for fun.

undone hares 2

another undone hare


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