We went outside today for a bit and our family kitty, Sam, came out to join us. He had to show off a bit of how he likes to climb trees ❤.
I’m really excited to write this post about a local artist in my hometown! I was really inspired by all of his work, as you’ll see 😉.
This past Sunday my mother and I went to a gathering that we bought tickets for during the heart of art event, back in May. Dal Shoesmith, the artist, showed everyone who attended the ceramic process of Raku.
The Raku party was hosted at the artist and his wife’s charming home. Everywhere you looked you would find art.
From the beautiful gardens.
To the pottery that seemed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
The variety of his work really made me feel better about my own variety of art. That its okay to do something different with your medium of choice ❤.
I think I was also inspired by his connection with nature and how his work flows with the wind, birds and greenery.
I found this piece in his workshop and felt like nature was curious about his art and process as well 😉😊.
Okay after gushing about his museum like home 😊 back to the special event! Raku!
He showed us how he takes a raku piece that’s been in a hot kiln and places it in a trash can filled with combustible materials, like shredded paper. After a while, he takes the piece out and sprays it with water, then dowses it when it cools down a bit.
One cool thing I learned was that during the kiln to trash can process, the longer a piece is exposed to the air it will quickly start to oxidize and turn more green. So its important to move fast unless that is what you want on the pottery.
To learn more about Raku, I found this interesting link.
Just a Bit More
I’d like to end this post with a few more of the other wonderful work that Dal is known for around town, his gnomes.
I just love their faces and attention to detail! 💞 Here’s one last piece that bid us farewell as we left this fun experience…
I am soo grateful that my mother bought tickets for this event. I got so much more out of it than I ever imagined! That and I ran into my awesome 5th grade art teacher again 😊 too!
I look forward to his future showings and for chances to meet other local artists! Till then, see you next week for another guest post about local artist Emma Nightingale. ❤
I wasn’t able to take pictures outside today, due to some type of stomach bug, but I was able to capture something beautiful. Our dog Odin stayed by my side and anytime I moved, he’d check on me. I am so grateful he came into our life. Our animal companions are such a blessing.
It’s nice to have days off, I get to use my good camera to take pictures! 😉
I took Odin out for a morning walk and saw fog in the distance. I ran back in for my camera and we continued our walk. Everything that was still was covered with dew…
I ventured the garden.
Then strolled across a field.
I happened to find a dragon fly that I though had died where it rested. I took multiple pictures of it until I got too close. While zooming in to see fine details, it sprung to life with a giant swoop of its wings and nearly hit my nose! I apologized for waking it the headed back home. I took one last photo of Odin basking in the early morning rays…
After two weeks of fostering this little guy, today he went home with his new family! ❤ I gave him one last kiss earlier and remembered our short time together. I know the two little girls that now occupy his life will give him a good one ❤ ❤ ❤.
It has been awhile since I’ve made nature hearts, I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best, lol. And in the center is our foster cat that may find his permanent home tomorrow! ❤ I am grateful to have helped out this little lover. I’m very grateful of this day 😊.
Still have this little guy, such a sweety.
Lovin and red clovers ❤.
Today I went to a free event and kayaked up a river. Afterwards I stopped to take a few pictures of downtown Battle Creek. One of the pictures turned our really grainy on my phone so I added it to my PICSART app and made it look more like a painting. Such a wonderful day… really ❤.
Last year while I was preparing for the fall into the Arts, I was wanting to create something that would set me apart from the other artists. At that time though the only thing I was ready to show was my photography. All that I am creating now was just a thought in my head. This week’s posts have been about testing out those unformed ideas and their limits.
The first limit I ran into was when I tried to seal the lion leaf with glue between two pieces of projector sheets. The glue ended up not drying, so I’ll have to try something different next time. The picture next to the lion is of a base drawing that I could put leaves or other things around it for hair/accessories.
The one on the bottom left was leaf I pressed between a book last year. I recently bought a heart shaped hole punch and found out it would only reach so far. I wasn’t going to post this test but not all tests become a final project, but I did learn from it. The last one on the right and the fox/wolf one below, were tests of animal designs that had heart shaped faces. Out of the animals on leaves I still like the lion one the best. Which one do you like best?
Next week I think I’ll do more of this type of work, maybe even record myself as I make a few….Till then, see ya next Thursday!