The Secret Life of Hens
I was thrilled to learn that I won the Grand Gold Prize in this year's Fire Mountain Gems' Creative Clays competition. Fire Mountain Gems is one of the largest beading supply retailers in the world and they sponsor several international competitions each year in various categories. "Creative Clays" includes polymer clay and air-dry clays.
Creating this piece was like playing! My favorite part is that the little lantern lights up! I made the base from wood, the glass in the lantern is a glass vial, the handles on the lantern and buckets are wire, the chicken feed is sand, and the playing cards are painted paper. But everything else is polymer clay.
When I put the piece together, I did very little gluing - just the crates, mouse, and lantern. I left everything else loose so one could play with it!
If you'd like to see the other winning pieces, you can see them all
A "Must Read"
Lorrene Baum-Davis has an intriguing article in this Fall's issue of Polymer Artist Magazine. It is about NOT teaching, but taking the time to just be a maker when we become a certain age. If you would like to check out Lorrene's blog, just follow this
Sac Open Studios
Linda Nunes shares that Sacramento, with 150 artists, has the largest open studio tour on the west coast next weekend, September 16 and 17 from 10am to 5pm. Linda will be doing live encaustic demos each day from 11am to 1pm. She will have three other artists at her studio. If you would like a full color tour guide please contact Linda at
Also, Linda is having a full day beginning encaustic workshop Saturday, October 21, from 10am to 3pm at the Lodi Community Art Center. The cost is $160. Again, if you would like more information, please contact Linda at the e-mail address above.
MLS Art Gatherings
We had several Art Gatherings during the Mother Lode Show, providing opportunities for our members and others to work in a variety of media in an informal environment. Pen Slade led two sessions on oils.
|Sydney with her black and white iris painting
Pen's sessions focused on black and white studies using Gamblin Torrit Gray, Alkyd Lite, and Gamsol samples. Gamblin was very kind and generous with their donations.
Rosemary Brush Company in England sent samples and brochrues. Pen gave them out in the first session and everyone was thrilled with the gift and the quality of the brushes. The group had a good time on two Thursdays and learned a lot from the studies.
Thank you, Pen! And thanks also to Gloria Vernon (pastel), Kaaren Poole (mixed media), Julia Swain (scratchboard), and Vesla Greenwood (water media) who shepherded the other sessions.
Vesla has arranged PAA's next paint-out for October 17th at Joyce Martin's "Down Home Farm." More information will be available in the October newsletter. We all appreciate Vesla arranging these great events.