The process...

Before and After

clay beads:raw

kiln fired clay beads raku

love rocks

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I love cutting stones in half and seeing what's inside. They are still the same stone, but now separated. I thought these are a nice symbol of a relationship separated...long distance relationship, death, parent separated from children. Each stone represents one relationship. Each member gets one half and keeps it and holds it as a reminder of that relationship until the two are reunited bringing the two halves together. Sappy? I like the idea anyway.

raw clay beads

raw clay beads

redo oil painting

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For some reason I love this theme...

I started these paintings years ago and have lost interest in the idea so I'm painting over all of them. I am also trying to use up my old oil paints. I had set aside oil painting because I can't seem to ventilate well enough in the house when I paint.

I like to use mineral spirits as a thinner. If I paint in the basement the dryer burns off the vapors making the clean clothes smell like turpentine.
"Ugh! Now I have to wash everything again!!"

Yesterday I painted in the kitchen. I opened the window and lit a candle trying to burn vapors and ventilate. Later I turned on the stove and had the same problem...turpentine! I had to burn off the mineral spirit vapors in the stove before I could cook dinner because no one would want to eat food that smells like turpentine.

I'm going to try the upstairs bedroom today.

redo oil painting
I kind of wish I had left the face as part of a landscape design. Oh well!

redo oil painting 2
redo oil painting 3

redo oil painting 4
More changes to come...

red bushes

painting over old oil on canvas
Hmmm...what should I do with this sketch?

The Bead and Button Show 2016

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I went to the Bead & Button Show today. It is held every year in Milwaukee; that's about 15 minutes away from me. I looked at the classes this year and wished I had signed up for a couple. They all look like so much fun. Maybe next year!

Starting over

My daughter was cleaning the computer and accidentally threw out my website, so I'm starting over! It may change a lot over the next few weeks.