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Studio Snapshot – More Paper Wrapped Pencils

When I made an enormous amount of paper wrapped pencils a few months ago, I thought they would last at least until the end of the year. Boy was I mistaken! I’ve had to make more for both my own studio and a couple of orders for Nimbus. (Please note: this is not a complaint. I’m super glad they’re so popular.)

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Nimbus also asked for a few more “masculine” looking pencils. I looked through a number of my paper scraps and I think I came up with a number of papers that have sort of a “masculine” feel to them. What do you think?

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more "masculine" feel.

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more “masculine” feel.

The process for wrapping pencils takes a number of days to complete. First I wrap the pencil using acrylic matte medium as my “glue.” Then I apply two coats of acrylic matte medium to the paper on the pencils after they have been wrapped. The pencils need to dry between coats. I then let the pencils dry for a couple more days before wrapping them with raffia to create sets.

I think these fit the request for a "masculine" paper wrapped pencil.

Close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” paper wrapped pencil.

This past week I wrapped over 100 pencils. Not all of them are dry yet. These should last me through next spring since our local tourist season is now ending.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a "masculine" pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

If you would like to make your own paper wrapped pencils, check out the instructions on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

Enjoy, Candy

Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition

Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition

Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition is honored to bring together an international juried exhibition of mosaic art from September 19 to October 26, 2016 at The Center for Visual Arts, Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries, Art Building, Southern Oregon University.  The exhibition will be open to the public 10-4, Monday through Friday through October 26. This extraordinary show will be on display for over a month and will coincide with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit to be held October 6-9, 2016. The galleries will be open extended hours during the CMA Summit weekend.

 Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition : Samidare, mosaic art by Jill Stevenson Ritter

 Samidare, by Jill Stevenson Ritter

 Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition : The Road Past Horseshoe Bend, triptych, Mosaic art by Rebecca Cambell
The Road Past Horseshoe Bend, Tryptich, by Rebecca  Campbell
This juried exhibition invites us to enter the vast and creative world of both ancient and contemporary mosaic art. The works surprise us as we view traditional and non-traditional executed fine art mosaics which,  incorporate innovative subject matter, techniques and material, allowing the mosaic to burst forth with subtle or aggressive movement, drawing us into the subject and illuminating clarity of the art and our own vision.

The mosaicist assembles small bits of stone, glass, pottery, and/or repurposed material and assembles them into an image, a feeling, a spirit, and a representation. Mosaic artists chop, cut, hammer and nip to create beauty out of those bits. It’s a beautiful order, a deliberate order, an order of the heart, of dreams, of unending skill and patience. These artists represent the world in ways that have never before been seen.
The artists represented in this exhibition have discovered their own artistic “voice” and use mosaic art to express their unique vision of the world around them. The mosaics presented in this exhibit are a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul.

Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU Art Building for a chance to view this extraordinary show, meet the artists, purchase a piece of original mosaic art to take home and enjoy a little light refreshment.  The trolley will be running from downtown Ashland and the Railroad District to the SOU campus throughout First Friday.  Park your car on campus and enjoy the trolley art experience!

 Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition : mosaic art by Kate Kerrigan, Sandra Groeneveld and Robyn Spencer Crompton
For more information about the Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition, please visit
contemporarymosaicartsummit.com

Manhattan Moment

Mobile absorption in The Big Apple

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Selfies across from Grand Central Station in NYC

Selfie

Selfies across from Grand Central Station in NYC

Proportional Divider The Best Keep Secret to Improve Your Drawing

Proportional Divider The Best Keep Secret to Improve Your Drawing. Stefan Baumann has been Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors for years his mission is to Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Sky Song


This poem appeared as part of the Black Earth Institute’s “30 Days Hath September” Project

Sky Song
Hear the sound of the age changing—
it is the refrain of yes
shaping new constellations
from the old stories
that scroll through our days.
Hear the galaxy hum of love—
the quantum is of the unseen
singing our names (when we
only know to say them) and scheming
sweet rhymes in the forth dimension.
Let’s get invisible.
Let’s kiss elisions.
Let’s get spirit naked
and play in the river of give
and good and mmmm.
Let’s dabble in destiny
and possibility
until we turn into songsters
who heal the holes
in skies and hearts.
Let’s hum in the night.
Let’s ring in the day.
Let’s write a new chorus
across the sky with contrails
of stubborn joy.
Let’s sing it even when it hurts—
even when the blood runs,
even when the fire burns,
even when.
Let’s.

Sky Song


This poem appeared as part of the Black Earth Institute’s “30 Days Hath September” Project

Sky Song
Hear the sound of the age changing—
it is the refrain of yes
shaping new constellations
from the old stories
that scroll through our days.
Hear the galaxy hum of love—
the quantum is of the unseen
singing our names (when we
only know to say them) and scheming
sweet rhymes in the forth dimension.
Let’s get invisible.
Let’s kiss elisions.
Let’s get spirit naked
and play in the river of give
and good and mmmm.
Let’s dabble in destiny
and possibility
until we turn into songsters
who heal the holes
in skies and hearts.
Let’s hum in the night.
Let’s ring in the day.
Let’s write a new chorus
across the sky with contrails
of stubborn joy.
Let’s sing it even when it hurts—
even when the blood runs,
even when the fire burns,
even when.
Let’s.

Ladybug Cards & Mobile

In just two weeks, I will be opening my home studio to the public during the Ashland Gallery Association Open Studio Tour. It’ll be the first time I’ve opened my home studio for viewing and it’s a little scary for me. I decided to include a number of demonstrations of my more popular blog projects. That includes my ladybug cards and ladybug mobile.

Ladybug cards.

Ladybug cards.

I designed my ladybug cards last summer. They can easily be glued to a card or glued back to back on a string to make a mobile. I’m sure there are many more ways these wonderful ladybugs can be used.

Ladybug card and ladybug mobile in progress.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

The ladybugs themselves are made from a square of red paper. When added to the card, they make a wonderful 3-D effect. And when glued to the string of the mobile, they move wonderfully when there is any breeze or other movement around them.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

Instructions for making these ladybugs are on my blog post: DIY Ladybug Card. You can also see more photos of my ladybug garland on my blog post: Paper Ladybug Garlands.

Enjoy, Candy

“Crystal Island” is available as a limited edition…

“Crystal Island” is available as a limited edition print in my online store. 8″x8″, $25. www.animaanimus.org