Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blast from the past!

So I'm currently applying to the Pratt Fine Arts Center here in Seattle for tuition assistance (damn you Bellevue, for being so expensive) for a metalsmithing class.  It seems like such a great place with fantastic teachers, and I'd really like to brush up on metalsmithing since I haven't done it in, oh... six years?  Jeez, that's a little depressing.  Once we're not living in a studio apartment, hopefully I'll have to space to start putting together some equipment!

Anyway, as part of my application I'm including some pages of examples of my prior work showing the level I'd progressed to, and where I hope to pick up from.  The slides I took back then I eventually had digitized; unfortunately some image quality was lost in the process.  The concentration I was working on at the time was a line of conceptual jewelry - more sculptural than practical, using the natural lines of the body as a departure point.  Anyway, here are some of the pieces.  :)

The text on the image above ^ seems a bit hard to read, so here's a bigger version:

Scrambling like mad to get everything ready for the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show.  If you're in the Seattle area, you should come on out!  It's going to be a great show!  The volunteers and core team have worked so hard in preparing everything, I am thoroughly impressed with these great women and their dedication.  Plus, they're all super nice.  :)  Personally, I'm learning a lot as this is my first ever craft/art show where I'm going to be a vendor with a booth.  All the shows I participated in previously were usually in bars or small gallery spaces, and in groups.  Some planning elements have managed to slip by me, and I'm glad to have more knowledge to bring to the table (no pun intended) for the next show I participate in.  Excited to see how everything goes this weekend!

Also, happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, everyone!  May you all have a great day filled with delicious food, love, and joy.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pew pew pew!

Who doesn't love a nice, happy ray gun?  This certainly can't have been influenced by the fact that I've made it my personal recent goal to watch every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation while I'm painting lately (on Season 4 now!).

8" x 10, " acrylic on canvas, available on my etsy here.  :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Home Sweet Home"

Maybe it's because the holidays are coming up, and I'm a little homesick.  But lately I haven't been able to get the image of a snuggly bird nest out of my head, so here it is:

As always, available on my etsy here.  Struggling to get everything ready for a show on the 26th and 27th (etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show!), a show at my office on Dec. 1st and 2nd, and working on sketches to collaborate with the lovely Caitlin, as referenced in the previous post.  In regards to that, I sent along to her a few more sets of sketches that I originally made for my pendants for swag bags (which now will more likely be earring sets for sale).  I rather like the way a few turned out, and plan to make paintings of some of them soon.

Happy almost Thanksgiving, all!  :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A few sketches.

Might be working with my dear and ridiculously talented friend, Caitlin, on some shared work for a Greensboro, NC show in early December.  Check out her etsy store, The Sly Giraffe!  So awesome and you have to admit the squillows are the cutest thing you've ever seen.

Here are a few sketches I'm working on for her:

We shall see where they go!  I'm thinking of possibly making paintings based off of them later as well.

Party Snail!

Put together a quick painting last week that I'd been wanting to do for awhile.  With a love for cephalopods and gastropods, one can't always be assured of a big target customer base, but they are just so fun to paint!  :)  Party Snail is 8" x 10," acrylic on pre-gesseoed canvas, and available in my etsy store here.

He's just so vibrant!  Don't you want to take him home with you?  :)