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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Creatures coming to life

As you might remember I have a solo show in September in Astoria, Oregon. I will of course have a lot of paintngs, but I am also finally starting on ideas I've had for a couple years-making creatures come to life in clay and other materials. I've done needle felted figures and these clay pieces will-or it's the plan-incorporate fabrics and felt, wood...who knows what else.

I started my art career in college as a ceramicist. I really loved it but didn't want to be a starving artist, or an artist with a day job [because as a ceramicist, that is what I had to do!], so I veered into illustrating which led to books and painting. It is like going home to feel the clay again. I'm finding it incredibly therapeutic, not that I'm in a state of misery, but I know it is something I need right now. Forming faces in 3D is so...I don't have words for it. I will work on that, as it is something I need to explain. It is slightly different than painting and bringing a finished piece to view.

I plan to have backdrops painted for some of them. I envision them becoming stories in and of themselves.

I have a lot of work to do before September!In some ways I have no idea what I'm doing!

These two pieces are green ware, unglazed.