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Guest Post:Dal Shoesmith

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!

The piece I went home with was the one on the left ❤.

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.

https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/category/firing-techniques/raku-firing/

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. ❤

Simple Beauty Day 37

Working on a project for this fall… Here’s a sneak peak 😉.

Simple Beauty Day 21

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 😊.

Spring into the Arts

On May 18th I had my 2nd showing at an artwalk. Things didn’t seem like they would go as planned but in the end everything turned out just fine. Though, I’ll make sure I am more prepared next time!

About a week before the event, I realized I needed to do something different from my Fall display. This time I wanted to show a wide range of the work that I do so, I needed fixtures that could hold more than before.

I found a brass display and was given an easle by my boyfriend’s mother. My mother and god mother helped fix them up to hold hold 3 times what they would before. Although, I think next time I’ll do something different with the brass display.

I sold all of the nature crafts that I brought, four printed books of my nature hearts, and a few 8×10 prints. I got a lot of feedback as to which pictures were liked the most and realized that the nature crafts were well received.

After the show I saw that I got on the enquired website again in my hometown. The cool thing about this pic is that I was talking to my art teacher from grade school ❤.

Flashback to the Fall Artwalk

Fall into the Arts 2017

Last year I was on the enquirer website too, so hopefully that means I’m getting some fans of my work by showing at these walks. I’m not sure which display I like better though, the one I just had or this one.

Feedback

Which display did you like better? Do you have any suggestions?

Saturday’s post

This Saturday I’ll be posting some of my recent spring photos. See you soon!

Okay Catch Up Time!

Alright, I have been gone too long! This month has been crazy! I’ve got so many upcoming posts about all the projects and fun little trips that happened in May. Here is a sneak peek of these future posts~ ❤ .

McCourtie Park

One post that I’ve been wanting to share is of a park in Michigan called McCourtie Park. All of the bridges are made out of cement, but made to look like wooden bridges. A friend of mine suggested the place so her, my mother and I had to check it out! It felt like we stepped into the “Shire”.

2018 Spring in Bloom

When the flowers started to bloom I made a point to get out and take as many pictures as I could, and I have a lot too! ^_^

Spring into the Arts 2018

I was not as prepared for this artwalk like I thought I would be. I had my doubts about how my display would look this year at the Spring into the Arts, but in the end I had my wonderful family and friends to help me bring everything together! ❤ I couldn’t have done it without all the support.

Sleeping Bear Dunes 2018

After being on edge all last year, my mother and I decided to distress (celebrate her being in remission) and take time out to have ourselves a little vacation up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes national park. In the pinky finger of Michigan 😉 , we went camping, visited Lake Michigan a few times, and took a ton of pictures! It was definitely a trip well worth taking ^_^ ❤ .

Sleeping Bear Dunes Throwback 2012

After taking the trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my mother this year, I was inspired to share my first trip there in 2012. I had gone there to test myself and to see if I could camp and work at the national park by myself. I didn’t end up working there but I had an amazing five days that I will never forget!

There is much more to come! I’m thinking about posting these topics on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. It’s so good to be back ^_^ see ya then!

Nature Faces Unfolding

 

I thought I’d pop in today and I needed a nice break from working on the blog behind the scenes. So, I decided to play around with my base drawing again. I’m kind if having fun with this! I’m thinking about making a book of these to sell at the art walk. mostly an empty ones like the picture in the middle that an adult or parent and child can use as a base to add their own “hair, accessories”.

What do you think, good idea or bad idea?

 

Nature Art and Odin

This week I kind of went back to what I did in “Shaping an Idea” and worked on my anime girl leaves and other work.

 

You’ve may have seen a few of the top ones but the middle ones and bottom two are new. I’m not sure if I like the digital ones, I think I’d like to make them all out of nature items… but maybe if I work on them with other elements it will blend better.

Odin’s introduction

I want to thank my walking buddy, Odin, for putting up with me as I pick up pieces for my work. I don’t think I’ve introduced him other than putting him in a few posts… My boyfriend and I got Odin from a local shelter a few days before Christmas. I had my eye on him for a month and when the shelter said everything turned out good for us we, took the chance to get him :). Here’s him being cute~ ❤ 

 

I’ll continue to show the nature work every Thursday and pick up Saturdays again. This Saturday’s post I’ll be highlighting pictures of an art show I went to tonight. See you then!