“Drawing is the simplest way of establishing a picture vocabulary because it is an instant, personal declaration of what is important and what is not.” -Betty Goodwin
I’ve been asked by my gallery, High Country Art in Blue Ridge GA to make some bigger pieces for a window display. Blue Ridge is a wonderfully quaint mountain town that is so busy with tourists, you can barely walk down the sidewalks where all the shops and galleries are. I’m thrilled for my work to be featured with a window display. This piece is 30×30 and I will include two others that are 24×24. I’ve finished one of the 24×24 but I’m still working on the final piece.
Meanwhile I am taking an online class with Judy Wise, Sculpey Dolls. It is so much fun! I worked with clay for about 20 years – mostly wheel-thrown functional pieces, but sometimes I would build boxes or make something sculptural. I have not touched clay since I started painting 3 years ago. I still have my slab roller, all of my tools, clay and glazes and my kiln. Clay has been on my mind lately, so I thought this sculpey class would be a great way to not invest too much time and see if I truly did want to work with clay again. I will tell you that for me painting is relaxing and working in clay is a little more challenging. But the beauty of the sculpey clay is it fires in 15 minutes at 275 degrees in a toaster oven! I could get used to that. Here is my first piece:
There is a lot I got wrong with this first piece. It’s all about the learning curve – how to work with these new materials. I hope to make a few more before releasing them out into the world.
Here’s a sample of a clay piece I did a couple of years ago –
I could not quit painting if I tried. I absolutely love the process of painting. It’s meditative, exhilarating, challenging and extremely rewarding all at the same time. I’m hoping what I’ve learned while painting will change my clay work in positive ways.
“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout and to grow.” -Thich Nhat Hanh