Saturday, November 19, 2011
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
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
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!