Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jersey Shore Clay National!

Can I just tell you how excited I am??  I found out late last night that two of my sculptures were accepted in the Jersey Shore Clay National at m.t. burton gallery!  I was so excited to get the email that I had a hard time getting to bed last night :)  I didn't hear anything by the notification deadline, so I just assumed that I didn't get accepted, but then I checked their website and they were a little behind thanks to a lost disc in the snail mail.  So I thought... okay.... well, the game is still on!  And then I got the word!  Now I have to figure out the shipping and all the other details, but that's fine by me :)

So these are the two sculptures that will be in the exhibit:

Yay!  So excited!  And thanks, everyone, for the love on Facebook when I posted about this last night! :)


Monday, May 16, 2011

a painting experiment

Hi there!  I'm back from my workshop and had a great time.  My creative spirit just loves that kind of environment.  Not to mention, it was a wonderful location!

Mixed Media, 6"x6"
I wanted to share with you an experiment I just finished - well, I think it's finished.  I can't decide if I want to add more to it or not!  But this is on Ampersand's Claybord, and it's the first time I've played with it.  So I bought a few little boards to play with - this one is 6x6.  I really loved being able to scratch into the surface - it felt a bit like my surface designs on my claywork that I do.  In this piece, I used acrylic paints, alcohol inks, a stamp that Laura gave me with permanent sepia ink, pan pastels, oil pastel, stabilo pencil, and white sharpie poster paint pen.  Then I used one of my clay tools to scratch through the layers to reveal the white underneath.  It was so much fun to do!  I totally lost track of time and I just LOVE it when that happens in the studio.  The little flowers I painted are actual wildflowers that grow here at the beach where I live.  I guess technically, they are weeds, but we all love them and people mow their yards around them, so as to preserve them.

I hope to do some more experimenting this week - so much fun!!

Hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Bascom

Main building of the Bascom

Now that Blogger is back up and running, I am able to post about this awesome facility I'm at for this workshop!  This is my first time here and it's so great to be here, and I'm loving this location.  Everyone is so open and friendly - everyone at the Bascom and everyone in the town too.  I'd love to come back sometime with the family for a vacation, but beware of the windy roads!  You gotta be on your game to drive these roads and I'm glad that I didn't have to do it at night. 

The sign by the road
So here's the entrance to the Bascom.  A rock formation serves as their sign and then you have to cross this amazing bridge.   Barry Gregg is teaching this workshop and check out this youtube video he made about his work and his inspiration.  It's so awesome.
The entrance to the Bascom

So this kind of thing is always so fun.  So much energy in the class and everyone is just interested in creating, and supporting each other.  I just love it.

Here's a pic of the first little birdie I made for our totem.  Everyone made birds, so that was right up my alley! :)  We did make some more pieces, but I didn't get photos.  Time ran out - time just flies by when you are in these classes!
Bird for my totem sculpture

More to come later :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Workshop at the Bascom

I'm so excited! Tomorrow, I'm starting a 2 day workshop at the Bascom -( with Barry Gregg for clay sculpture. There's always something to learn, ya know? So I'm doing all this on my phone, since there's no wifi in the hotel room (boo!), but I should be able to post some pics at least tomorrow. This little town looks so awesome and I can't wait to see more of it tomorrow. The drive here was so fanastic- lots of great curvy mountain roads - so beautiful! Talk to you soon! Kelly

Monday, May 2, 2011

I'm doing a Guest Post today!

Today, I'm over at ElizabethGLZ doing a guest post for her big blogging anniversary.  I'm so honored to be doing this for her and so happy that she has had a positive blogging experience!!  If you have a moment, head over to her space and check out her work.  She is a mixed media and ceramic artist from Puerto Rico and I just love her creations!

Today's blog post is about Finding Connections.  This photo is from one of her original paintings :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend..