Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My art on display in Attorney's office!

Today I  came accross one of my favorite boxes, one that I had neglected to photograph before it sold.  What Luck!
It was great to talk to Mr. Burke and see my box displayed so proudly in his office.  He was thrilled to show it off and told us it makes a great discussion piece.  I particularly like the way he had it displayed-check out the pictures!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

4th Friday DeLand Art Walk

4th Friday DeLand Art Walk is my latest venue.  Since moving from Asheville my choice of medium has been limited.  I sold off all of my pottery equipment before the move.  My favorite thing about living here in Central FL is the THRIFT SHOPPING!  They are everywhere.  My love for old boxes is creating a new form of expression.  My theory on art is that is is more about the process than the product.  When the process is meaningful so is the piece.


This was my first box.  I worked on it for over a year and a half.  It was a gift for my husband.  It has layers and layers of Nostalgia, Affirmations, and Memories.  It is his favorite possession.  I have since made many boxes as gifts for friends and family.  I'll try to get them to post something about their boxes with some pictures.  


video

This Friday was my 4th night in the Alley.  I had the pleasure of spending it with one of my children.  Sean is 15.  We had a great night talking and selling boxes.  
Down Town DeLand is a really unique place.  It's a College Town--Stetson University is located on Main Street.  It is a great place to gather with friends. My favorite shop in Down Town DeLand would have to be The NEST.  The NEST sponsors the 4th Friday event it really is a lot of fun.  
I've gotten a few orders for custom boxes from contacts I've made on Friday nights.  I'll share those projects with you soon.  Birthday gifts for two really extraordinary Women.  

Happy Memorial Day!

Karen


Monday, February 6, 2012

Me

Artist
Teacher
Mother of 3
This picture is about ten years old now, seems harder and harder to find a nice picture of myself!  I'll update it someday.

Mr. Sun

This is one of my personal favorites.  It was a spur of the moment idea, they tend to be my best, and I finished it in about 3 hours.  I had some clay in the garage and felt the need to create!  This was before I had a slab roller so I created the slab by throwing it at an angle on the (clean) garage floor.  Covered a large alluminum bowl with strips of newspaper (to allow movement and avoid cracking), draped the slab over it and this is what came out.  I had no preconcieved ideas, my best work seems to come from the creative process, not from big plans. 

The piece measures about 2' in diameter
When I sculpt I prefer Cone 6 Raku clay-lots of grog for strength and less shrinkage.
A few appendages have been lost over the years but he has survived all three kids and MANY moves.

Female Profile


6' by 5' Oil Painting


Hand Carved Ceramic Ivy Bowl


Oil Painting


Priority Mail Box





Spiderman Box







Shel Silverstein Box





Alice in Wonderland Box






My Kids











Minotaur





I made this mask for my son Sean when he was in 4th grade as part of a school project.  The model in these pictures is actually my older son Clayton.

Father's Day Box

This was a gift for my husband.  I worked on it off and on for about a year.