Monday, December 31, 2007

Smart DV Bird

The Tree Circus

I'd like to see the Tree Circus someday. It's about 350 miles from my house. I found more pictures of the Tree Circus on Flickr.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Beach day

Pictures taken 12-23-07. A little digital beachcombing.

Just like the beautiful rocks of the desert, these ocean rocks and shells are at their most magical only when I first see them in the sand. The magic diminishes somehow when they are removed from their environment. So I brought home only a handful of treasures. All these pictured above were left on the beach.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

3 drawings

These were sketches for an arboretum flyer that I don't think they're going to use, but I liked them, so I colored them in just for fun.


Carniverous plants

Prehistoric plants

Ornament show & tell for 12-22-07

First, I'm posting a little better photo of this ornament. The outer part of the star is clear acrylic. The center is opaque. I have it strategically positioned in front of a light so the dove is illuminated.

This felt kitty-angel was crafted by Jerry's uncle Noah. He was a gifted artist. You can see more of his creations here and here.

This is the nativity set that I painted in 1979.

I call this shepherd "Burt", because it reminds me of Burt Reynolds, at least how he looked 29 years ago.

One more Santa.

And this year's poinsettia.

I love the green and red leaves, the rich red, and the splotches of white.

I think this will conclude my Christmas show & tell. Have a good one everybody.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-17-07

For Michael, 1996

For Brice, 1996

Also for Brice, 1997

Another old fashioned Santa, undated (probably from late '90's)

OK, I didn't make this one, but I like it, especially with a light glowing behind it.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-14-07

From 1982

From 1996

From 2001

I painted this dancing Mr. & Mrs. Claus for my in-laws back in the early 80's. They kept it out year-round. We took it back after they were both gone. I think it symbolizes the love of his parents. They're dancing somewhere, in a dream.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Andy Goldsworthy

I just discovered the art of Andy Goldsworthy.


If that makes you want to see more, you can go to this Digital Catalog and view his works by year, by form, by materials or by location. The catalog only goes up through 1986 though. If I find more recent stuff, I'll add it later.

Ornament show & tell for 12-10-07

Sleeping mice

One in a matchbox.

One in an old lantern.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-9-07

I painted this one for our dog Maggie while she was still alive. After she died, I gave it angel wings.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-8-07

I painted some for the boys, so when they leave home they will have some ornaments for their own Christmas trees. These were from 1997.

For Brice

For Michael

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-7-07

I think I started painting ornaments when Jerry and I first got married, in 1979. Back then, I found a whole series of bisque ornaments featuring cute little mice. I called this romantic pair, "Married Mice", and I painted wedding rings on them.

See the ring?

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ornament show & tell for 12-6-07

I remember painting this one while on jury duty, while hanging out in the juror waiting area.

This one is bisque porcelain and 2-sided.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

This year's Christmas tree

This year we have a full size tree for a change. I had to rearrange furniture to make space for it, but I didn't want another tabletop "Charlie Brown" tree, like we've been doing for several years. (Even though I'm not Christian, my husband grew up with a tree and likes to have holiday decorations to feel the holiday spirit.)

It was good to see all the old ornaments again. I painted a lot of them myself. They are plaster and bisque. I will post pictures of them between now and Christmas.

This one is from 1996. I like "old fashioned" Santas.