Art museums feed my soul, so when I got the chance to visit the Museum of Art in Dallas, I pounced on it. The building is open, airy, and inviting, bathed in brilliant Texas sunlight. I climbed the stairs to the top of four levels and began to explore the amazing and varied museum collection. I felt my body and mind relax as the art around me soaked in, and I snapped a few pictures. As the days have past since my visit, I still feel energized by all that beauty.
I just put out new work at Local Roots in Wooster. Of course, the first thing I did when I got there was order lunch and a hot coffee. Their coffee is always so good. I had curried rice soup. Delicious, hot, filling, and satisfying. After I finished, I got to work on my jewelry display.
The afternoon sun was streaming into the craft section of the store and I was struck by how lucky I am to be a part of the local, healthy food movement. There are some really talented artists represented at Local Roots. The store offers pottery, textiles, felting, leather work, and my personal favorite, jewelry.
Check out the store's website here:
I'm a big fan of the textiles.
Most of my work in Local Roots is spoon jewelry, but I also have a display case full of sterling silver earrings and stone set rings. After I finished arranging my new offerings, I headed over to the grocery section and picked up some fresh hydroponic lettuce. Local Roots is a gem of a place to shop. They have two locations, one in Wooster and one in Ashland.
I'm making a claddagh ring for a friend's wedding. It's been a few years since I did any wax carving. I've always been more drawn to softer waxes that behave more like clay than the harder waxes designed to mimic wood. Something just clicked when I started this project. My new Wolf wax carvers did everything I needed them to do, and I got just the depth, proportion, and smoothness that I wanted. I used all hand tools. I was afraid that burs would be too aggressive. As it turned out, I didn't need anything but files, an exacto knife, Wolf carvers, sand paper, and a fiberglass brush. Below is the finished wax ring.
I can't wait to cast it, but I will have to because of needed equipment upgrades. Still, it has been so pleasant to get lost in a tiny world of carving wax. Look for more wax projects coming up. I'm going to keep this momentum going.
This is the setup I used to photograph my work for this website. I have been trying to get good shots of my work since college. I am a slow learner in photography. But I am also stubborn. And I like to have control over my images. I don't always have time to send pieces off to have them professionally photographed. Over the years, I have often looked at my beautiful jewelry, lying there in a tiny universe of black velvet, surrounded by a constellation of dust particles shining brightly in the studio lighting... Sigh.
Things changed for the better when I decided to go back to college a few years ago. I noticed some photography classes. "Well, I'll just take a few of those," I thought to myself. LOL.
Last month, I completed an associates degree in graphic design. I followed Photoshop right down the Adobe rabbit hole. I learned Illustrator, Indesign, and Dreamweaver as well.
Now that I have invested so much into the skill that had eluded me for so long, I thought I'd share some of the best things I learned
That's all the wisdom I can come up with for the moment. If you have questions, post them in the comments and I'll try to answer them for you.
Many thanks to Vince Nobel and Richard Wood. They gave me the best lessons in photography.
This is the nitty gritty of my day-to-day struggles as an artist. I write about triumphs and failures, design and details, tools and equipment. My life/work balance is constantly changing. Along the way, I post tutorials, tips, tricks and other goodies as well.