Tag Archive | Nature

Simple Beauty Day 42

Persicaria Maculosa ~ I have no idea how to pronounce this plant, lol. But it was pretty ❤ 😊.

Simple Beauty Day 41


The life of rain gives life to others and makes them so much more than what they were. ❤

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 39

Took a long walk downtown with my mother and god mother 😉💞. So many beautiful flowers.

Simple Beauty Day 38

After a tough day at work, I took Odin for a good two hour walk. The pink wild flowers caught my attention throughout our venture. We stopped under the tree in the bottom corner for awhile to catch some shade and a cool breeze. Shortly after, we spotted a monarch butterfly flying near the tree tops. I asked out loud “may I take your picture?” And a few moments later, it agreed 😊💞. I’m glad I took this walk today, it always amazes me how much a walk in nature can cleanse the heart and mind. ❤

Simple Beauty Day 35

There is something about nature and art that always seems to blend perfectly. ❤ ❤ ❤

Today my mother and I went to a Raku pottery event, by artist Dal Shoesmith. It went on at his charming home. While walking around the gardens near his workshop, many pieces of his work blended in with the surroundings. We watched the process of this technique and learned about its Japanese background. At the end of the night we got to pick one of the pieces he made. I am happy with my choice ❤.

If you’d like to know more about this Michigan artist I will have another post about his work in more detail this upcoming Thursday. And I can’t wait to write about it 😉. See you all tomorrow!

Simple Beauty Day 33

Growing outside its boundaries… I think I could learn from this. ❤