Saturday, November 19, 2011

Papier Mache Minotaur Pinata

In January I posted about making a Medusa Pinata for my daughter's birthday party. This week I made a Minotaur Pinata for my other daughter's party (both wanted Greek Mythology themed parties). This time I papier mached a punching baloon twice (let dry in between layers) using paste made from cooking 2 cups flour and 1 cup water. Now is the time to secure jute wrapped around the pinata & taped down, tied at the top with enough jute to hang the pinata. Then I built up features using a paper towel roll, bunched up newspaper and lots of masking tape. I papier mached another layer. Once dry I made a small slit to stuff the goodies in, taped it up well and proceeded to paint it. I painted little Chakra Vyuha Labyrinths in his eyes for fun and a gold bull ring. It took many hits before it opened up!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Celtic Cross Commission finished & installed

Monday November 7th was an amazing sunny day. It was perfect for installing the Celtic Cross I carved from Indiana Limestone. It went on top of a rocky ridge overlooking Lake of Bays. Four of us pushed and pulled the heavy cross on a dolly up the ridge. I had dug a hole for the quick set concrete around the bottom of the cross which had holes and anchor bolts to secure it once the concrete set. After it had set a water based colour enhancing sealer was applied to the stone to make it look ancient as per my clients wish. The tiny fossils in the stone actually pop out more now because they remain light grey in contrast to the darker grey. Everything went so smoothly with the installation and my clients were so delighted with the cross, they even gave me a bonus!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Group of Art Challenge #5 at the Bohemian... Natural Instincts opens Friday

Yesterday I had fun carving local rocks for the 5th challenge at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery in Bracebridge. The theme was to be inspired by nature and I was not only by fallen leaves in particular Beech leaves, but also by the beauty in surrounding boulders on my property. These two carvings go together, one a leaf shaped rainwater vessel, the other simply a leaf shaped stone which I carved the veins in to. The opening of the show is on Friday November 4th at 7pm. There will be 11 challenges in all and the artist with the most points wins a solo show at the Bohemian for 3 weeks!

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Commission!

I have an exciting job to do - turn the Indiana Limestone slab above into a 3 foot tall Celtic Cross! It is to be simple and ancient looking and will be installed on top of a rocky ridge. We had to make my work stand bigger to accommodate the large stone and needed our neighbour to help us get it out of the truck and on to the work stand! The stone weighs about the same as my parent's piano which got delivered here on Monday (around 600-700 pounds). Speaking of which, I was so happy to have the piano (even though it's waiting for the piano tuner) that I made a video of a song I created called "Boomerang Soul".

Monday, August 29, 2011

Shows in Bracebridge & Huntsville

"Book Ends for Edith" (salvaged Indiana Limestone)
"Warrior Goddess" (Maltese Limestone) above
"Full Moon Goddess" (Quebec Soapstone) below
Opening September 2nd, 2011 and running for 1 week is the Group of Art Challenge #3 =The 4 Rs at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery in Bracebridge. For the challenge I carved salvaged Indiana Limestone that was going to be buried on a job site (they are cut offs from the stone mason). I carved one as a turtle and one as a fish and the book was an art book that belonged to my grandma Edith who was also a stone sculptor and has been a great inspiration.
Also opening September 2nd and running for 1 month is the Huntsville Art Society's Members show "Continuous Present" at the Art Space in Huntsville. My pieces are "Aglow" (not pictured here), "Warrior Goddess" and "Full Moon Goddess". These sculptures are very spiritual and ancient to me and I felt they fit the theme of the show. Hopefully you can check out both these shows if you are in the area!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mask Making at Girlz Unplugged Summer Day Camp

Last week in Bracebridge and this week in Huntsville, I brought mask making supplies to Girlz Unplugged and encouraged the girls to also do a performance in groups wearing the masks they made. I am always so inspired by the creativity of others. Last week I forgot my camera but I made sure I brought it today to capture some of the magic.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Group of Art Challenge at the Bohemian... Self Portrait

Stylized Me.... "My Rough Side" carved in orange Alabaster stone...
profile showing my bump in the middle of my nose & my bad habit of slouching...
back view...
my rough patch!

Here's some info about the challenge show at the Bohemian in Bracebridge as taken from their website:


Challenge #1 - Self Reflective
Canada Day
Friday July 1st, 7 - 9 pm

In this challenge each of the 25 artists have been asked to create a self portrait which displays their personality and are challenged to share/expose characteristics of themselves in their artwork.
Guest Judge: Pat Whittle
Featuring live music by Van Newell and the Bodenville Flyers.

Monthly guest judges will judge each artwork and give points which are based on a point system. The points will be calculated and a monthly winner announced. The points will also be collected for all 11 month challenges to conclude with the overall winner receiveing a 3 week solo show at the Bohemian Cafe & Gallery in July 2012!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Full Moon Goddess

Pictured above is the wet sanding process, followed by the oiled finished reclining sculpture I started last week on the full moon. How appropriate that she would be finished today on the summer solstice. She is just shy of 8 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The groove of her back makes a lovely touchstone! She is inspired by ancient goddess sculptures and is carved in Quebec soapstone. Please get in touch if you would like to make her your own as she is available for purchase.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Reversible Sun Hat!

Pictured here is my up-cycled reversible sun hat made of reused black denim and houndstooth. I had lots of fun making it so I will share how I did it in case you want to try one. The sizing will differ according to head size. I cut one out from each fabric: 8inch wide circle, rectangular band around 6inch x 26inch, and fat crescent moon for the bill/beak (which was cut from a round plastic ice cream container lid) around 6inch x 3inch, try to scribe the crescent to fit the shape of your forehead. First I sewed each band around matching circle to make 2 caps. Then I sewed them together along the bottom but left the opening for the beak/bill. Then I sewed a little pocket for the plastic bill to go in, using houndstooth on one side & denim on the other. Finally I sewed the bill in to the opening actually sewing through the plastic underneath the fabric (I used a large needle and black embroidery thread the whole time). The hat was long enough that I could fold up the bottom inch or so to reveal the reverse pattern. Alternatively you could wear it down and have only the denim bill with denim cap and when you reverse it it could be all houndstooth. If you make one, please leave me a comment, I would love to hear about it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Expressive Arts course this week...

My tree - the sacred oaks and a quote from my writing written on bark "I once knew if they were black oak, red oak, white oak...maybe one of each...they merged together as though they were one being." Taken from a longer story I wrote.
"Silly Goat" my finger-pointing, sharp-tongued Inner Critic who I also wrote about.
Pastel drawing after a guided visualization which was also explored in writing afterwards.
This drawing was my Inner Landscape on the last day of class which also had a story I wrote about staying balanced by walking on the beach, not high up in the sky on the mountaintops or in the watery depths down low.

I really enjoyed being a student again this week at Fleming College HSTA taking the course "Wording Liminal Space" taught by Gili Haimovich. It really was an amazing week long expressive arts creative writing course. Writing exercises intertwined with visual art, sculpture and movement! I am really looking forward to using what I've experienced and learned to enrich workshops I teach and when working with clients. Here are some photos of some of the visual work I did.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Amulet & Earring Sets

This is an example of the stone amulet and earring sets I've been working on. Shown here are white alabaster doves. I have also made phoenix, fish and chrysalis ones that I'm about to put the sterling silver earring attachments on. They will be available soon at Stone Tree Studio near Dorset and the Bohemian Cafe & Gallery in Bracebridge. Happy Mothers Day Weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Branching Out!

Last week I had the urge to paint large! I had some old stretchers and an old canvas curtain and some Gesso, so I prepared a 2 x 4 foot canvas and got out my old acrylic paints. I had a wonderful time working on this painting I call "Branching Out". Tree people have always been a theme of mine but this is the first time smaller tree people have emerged from a mother tree person. I would like to continue painting in the evenings but have to wait until I can afford more paint - I ran out of quite a few tubes of colour in the process of painting this piece! Funny thing - my cat ran across the painting when I left it to dry on the kitchen table... I left one of her paw prints on the tree person on the far left's chest.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fabric Fun!

I found this great reprinted vintage material on sale at my local fabric shop with little boy and girl faces with fancy hats and red umbrellas... I knew I must have it and make a funky little shirt. At 3$ for the metre marked down from 15$ who could say no? I made up my own pattern and incorporated some of my grandmother's buttons down the side. In the summer I plan to wear it with a little red tank top underneath, but for now a long sleeve works great.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

EXA Girls' Night the Second Saturday of every month...

Pictured above are just some of the amazing pieces of art that were made tonight. We had an adventure exploring the Expressive Arts in Bracebridge at the Bohemian. To warm up we did pastel drawings to music. After, everyone wrote a word or short sentence beside each others artwork... from that they wrote a poem or Haiku using some or all of the words inspired by their piece. Then I guided them through a visualization Tree Meditation and they imagined what tree they would be. From that they painted what they had imagined. Afterwards they made a sculpture out of clay and treasures from the woods based on some creature that visits them as a tree or what ever they were inspired to make. The Expressive Arts can be slightly surprising but really can open you up to possibilities creatively! I will be doing different activities each month at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery the Second Saturday of each month. If you are interested you should call ahead to reserve a space as 12 is the maximum.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Hare for the Mad Hatters Tea Party Show

I've been having so much fun making this March Hare for the Mad Hatters Tea Party Art Show at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery April 1st, 2011. The only thing left to do is get him a chain for his pocket watch! The buttons belonged to my grandmother and the fabrics are all from second hand stores. The watch was a gift from my grandparents and I wore it lots when I was younger until the straps busted. It is the perfect size for this funny rabbit! This rabbit would not be suitable for children under 3 years old as the buttons would be a choking hazard.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kids' Creative Express this Summer at HSTA!

This summer I'll be teaching a course at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville, Ontario... that is actually run through the Haliburton School of the Arts.

Come aboard The Creative Express and explore a variety of exciting art projects! Try your hand at stone carving, make your own papier mache piƱata, create a puppet, masks and a cape, invent musical instruments, learn printmaking, work with clay, and more. Dress for mess and get ready to have fun!

It runs July 18th - July 22nd. Pre-register early to book your seat!
For children ages 6-10! Runs 9am - 4:30pm

Looking forward to it!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bohemian Workshops I'm Teaching!

Check out the Bohemian website www.bohemiancafeandgallery.comand see the workshops offered. I will be teaching Stone Carve Necklaces (10am-noon) and Stone Carve Small Sculptures (1-4pm) on April 30th, and an Expressive Arts Girls Night on April 9th. The Girls Night is a chance to get together and be creative not worrying about the end result but enjoying the process which might help you connect with your inner voice that wants to be expressed. This is great for all of us - from the person who says she can't draw a straight line to the artist with creative block or just needing some inspiration to kick start a new project. I have my Post-Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts from Fleming College and would love to take you on a creative journey April 9th or call me for an individual session at Stone Tree Studio 705-766-1382.