Sunday, November 10, 2013

First time half-price offer on Expressive Arts Session!

I am pleased to announce that you can book an Individual Expressive Arts Session for half-price if it's your first time!  Come to the relaxed, inspiring Stone Tree Studio near Dorset to explore your creativity with me through a variety of modalities such as creative writing, drawing/painting/printmaking, sculpture and more!  Expressive Arts helps you to express what you are feeling deep down inside and is a great release, outlet for emotions.  I am an Expressive Arts Facilitator, trained in 2008 from Fleming College and have conducted many creative workshops to individuals and groups.  Pictured here are some pieces people have made at my sessions.   The emphasis is on enjoying the process rather than what the completed piece looks like; suitable for all those who say they can't draw a straight line!  Please phone me, Elise, at 705 766-1382 or cell 705 783-0547 to book your introductory session which will be 1.5 hours and $45 (regularly $90 includes art materials used).

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Springing Along

 This Spring has been flowing quite quickly, I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  The photo above is of my newest sculpture "Sunny Mama" carved in orange calcite.  When the sunlight shines through her she is translucent and glows! Beneath is "Basking" carved in Aurora marble inspired by our Bearded Dragon.  The fascinating camouflage patterns in this stone were perfect for a lizard!
 I saved pieces from carving the big calcite sculpture for carving amulets like this owl I made custom order.  I found out some of the healing properties of the stone are helpful mentally and gives a boost to intuition.  I actually carved a rabbit one as well which I have been wearing to help me heal.
 I've been carving other necklaces such as this grouping which include a couple of mermaid types which were on my mind probably because my friend's journey taking a Mermaids Circus art class, her blog is enchantedblueplanet.blogspot.com
 The trilliums have been lovely white, red, and pinks of all shades.  Though they are not in their prime anymore they are still worth a snapshot like this bright pink one I saw in my woods.
 In my last post I had some process shots of the urn I was making.  Here is the finished piece.  It turned out quite organic and really lovely to touch.  Carved in local dolomite, the ashes are placed inside from the bottom which has a round wooden plate which is screwed into inserts in the stone.  The whole experience has been very powerful and it was such an honour to meet the family who commissioned the piece. I am touched to have been able to provide this for them.
Well with only a few weeks before it's officially summer I will continue to carve stones, garden along, and probably still write the odd song. Till next time! Enjoy the rest of Spring and the Summer Solstice!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Of Stone urn making, blanket sewing, painting & more...

I have been working on a most heart-breaking commission to make a stone urn for a family that lost their baby.  The family sketch will be engraved on to the side once the urn is complete.  The stone is dolomite from Haliburton, a hard local marble.  You can see some of my tools - grinders, chisels and mallet, and diamond hand rasps.  I light a candle often while I am in the shop working on this piece and think of the little spirit while walking my labyrinth.  I was working on the urn during the day and during the evenings making a blanket for my newest nephew Matthew with fun fabrics:

 I spent weekends cleaning out my old room & found the stone ring I had made and lost in my messy room, happy to have it back!  I took old nature art that I had made long ago and had been on the walls for too long and I put them in the compost pile, this was strangely therapeutic to purge this way...

 Back in November I had painted these birds (goldfinch, hawk, white-crowned sparrow) for the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Mystery Art Sale Who Art Thou?  Hope they found good homes.
I cannot believe it is already February, but I still get inspired by the snow in the woods.  I wrote a song yesterday and put it on soundcloud   ... have a great Year of the Snake everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

As the winter solstice approaches

 I'm really looking forward to the winter solstice and any shifts that might occur on the 21st and beyond.  I hope to have time to carve some big sculptures this winter when my work load lightens in January.  Besides carving stone necklaces like the tree and whale pictured above, I have also had fun creating other things like this leopard seal pinata for my daughter's birthday party which was penguin themed so of course she wanted the pinata to be one of the penguins predators so they could bash it....
 also when I found out about the arrival of a friend/co-worker's baby boy I had to make a baby blanket with his name Jasper on it! Excuse the photo it should be upright....
 and of course the cool weather got me knitting a scarf. I find knitting very relaxing although I just started last year and I don't know any fancy stitching but I have lots of time to learn.  For now I'm just enjoying keeping it simple.
So that's what I've been up to lately creatively but I have also been working and helping build an addition to our house which is super exciting.  Wishing you a wonderful winter with lots of fresh snow and good memories!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I am thankful today for gifts of homemade local concord grape jelly from my daughter's flute teacher, smoky dark homemade maple syrup from a lady who asked me over to teach an Expressive Arts session, autumn leaves, pumpkin pie and their roasted seeds, for the last few tasty nasturtiums from the studio window box, and mostly for a Sal find - a cool frame for a piece of original artwork of the Queen of Hearts that a good friend (Enchanted Blue Planet) made & strangely enough I missed a call from her probably the exact moment I found the frame, isn't life a mystery?  Also I am thankful for the inspiration I get from nature usually out walking my dog... I wrote a song about sunbeams (please excuse my rough french horn playing, it's been over 20 years since I played it!)  Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sweet September ReLeaf

This week I've had leaves on the brain... some are turning colours and falling to the ground already!
I carved a giant leaf for a trade client to hang on his house and next I carved leaf necklaces out of green British Columbia soapstone also a moon and a rain drop that I'll try and sell at the Stisted Fair tomorrow and if not maybe I'll restock my Etsy store that's been forgotten about.  I de-cluttered my house by taking some of my art creations out to the labyrinth today knowing that I can't hold on to so much.  "ThistleWoman" at the top of the bottom photo felt particularly liberated to rejoin nature after being stuck indoors for about 4 years! Her original purple thistle gone to seed and her lovely fern cape shriveled up.  Hoping the rest of September will find me stone carving more and also continuing to de-clutter, making space to breathe and find relief!

Thursday, July 12, 2012