Monday, March 25, 2013
SHE WHO KNOWS HER OWN SACRED SOUND
"She Who Knows Her Own Sacred Sound"
Many of you have asked to see what my Goddess necklaces look like being worn by real Goddesses, instead of the usual manniquin I display them on. I’ve highlighted a few of the beautiful women who have purchased them.
One Block East Gallery had a fashion show last fall highlighting art to wear. One of the models wore my “She who Seeks the path of the Ancients.”
Sunshine Fae wore her Triple Goddess necklace to an Earthen Moon Gathering. You can read more about this beautiful Goddess by going to her blog titled Mystic Crone.
Last weekend, this beautiful mother and daughter duo chose the necklaces shown.
When I finished ‘She who knows Her Own Sacred Sound, I knew the name was perfect for her. We as women all have our own sacred sound. It is a tune we carry from birth and speaks of a knowingness that can only be expressed in a melody that seems to come from within. It is that ancient sound that carries us through the difficulties of life and has an origin that dates back to the first Goddess. If you listen carefully, you will begin to hear your own sacred sound resonate from your very soul.
Shown for Size
“She who knows…” is 3 1/2 w x by 8 1/2 h and has a chain that hangs 11 1/2" from neck to top of head. I used a very soft gold chain , one of my original stoneware clay faces and an ancient looking pendant with stone. I have priced her at $115.00. You can see more views and purchase on etsy or from me directly at e-mail.
Monday, March 18, 2013
ANGEL OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Angel of Unconditional Love
When I finished my latest angel, I thought of unconditional love. Wikipedia says: Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism, complete love, or "mother's love." Each area of expertise has a certain way of describing unconditional love, but most will agree that it is that type of love which has no bounds and is unchanging. It is a concept comparable to true love, a term which is more frequently used to describe love between lovers. By contrast, unconditional love is frequently used to describe love between family members, comrades in arms and between others in highly committed relationships. An example of this is a parent's love for their child; no matter a test score, a life changing decision, an argument, or a strong belief, the amount of love that remains between this bond is seen as unchanging and unconditional.
Full View of Angel
Close-Up of Halo
Goddess of Unconditional Love is 9”wide by 15”high and is $148.00 I painted her with oils using the Renaissance Oil Method. I gave her a halo reminiscent of the ones I learned to make while in Italy at my fresco class. Her dress is a mosaic batik. I Hope she speaks to you of unconditional love as she certainly did to me. I’ve placed her on my Etsy shop or you can contact me by e-mail.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Front of Fresgo Box
The master painters of the Renaissance took the art of the fresco to a level of perfection that may never be surpassed. During that era, large walls in cathedrals and other buildings served as the canvases for frescoes – and they still do. Michelangelo' s painting on the ceiling of Rome’s Sistine chapel is perhaps the best known example of this type of work. A fresco is actually a painting that has not been painted on a wall, but into it. The painting is finished while the plaster is still wet, a technique that is called “l'ora del santo” or “the hour of the saint.” Therefore the painting and the wall become one. Because a fresco is part of the wall on which it is painted, it is subject to all the environmental factors that cause walls to deteriorate with the passage of time. This is one of the features of frescoes that make them so unique and special. The cracks, crevices and other signs of wear that occur within the fresco reflect the hardships the environment has imposed on the work – much as our own exteriors provide a living testament to the hardships and struggles of our lives. I am proud of each wrinkle on my face. They are the result of what I have given and endured throughout my life: I have earned them.
Notice the Heavy Texture and Metal Watch Part
As you may have guessed by now, I have created frescoes of my own during my life in art. For some, I have used the technique of masters like Botticelli, Giotto and Masaccio – “buon fresco.” In buon fresco (good or true fresco), the paints are mixed with lime water, and the plaster is painted while it is still wet. I find this difficult to do well since I am forced to work a lot faster than I would otherwise. To overcome this problem, I have sometimes created my work using “secco fresco.” This is a modification of the fresco technique in which dried plaster is dampened to simulate fresh, wet plaster before it is painted. Although creating frescoes a secco is easier than the classic technique, it is also a bit less durable. Since most of us do not live in one place long enough to own a fresco and watch it age, it occurred to me several years ago that it might be nice to make frescoes portable. I decided to create frescoes that could be transported to any new surrounding. Using the secco fresco technique, I began creating smaller frescoes I call “fresgos” – my term for “frescoes to go.”
View of Entire Box
I have created a fresgo box that is 8” w x 8 “ and 4” high. I have priced her at $145.00 and named her “Timekeeper.”I finished the inside with a simple upholstery material. I just placed her on Etsy where you can view a bit better and purchase if you like her or contact me directly at my e-mail.
Inside of Box
I studied 'buon fresco' in Serravalle Italy at Palazzo Galletti with the renowned Alma Ortalon. If any of you are interested in taking a class from her just click here for a link to her website. I am sure you will love Alma and the experience.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Sold. Thank you Autumn!
I was at the bank the other day and I noticed the teller’s nametag said “Quintessa.” How beautiful! I’ve never heard that name before. When I asked her what had inspired her mother to give her such a regal name, she said that her parents were in England when she was born and her mother wanted to give her a ‘queenly’ name. This name inspired me to create a burning bowl that is regal and befitting of the name. I haven’t come up with her story yet, but I will.
For those of you who are new to my blog and don’t know the story of the burning bowl, please read below.
Stained Glass Basin
Quintessa is 9” h (including her crown) 5” w and 4” deep. I sculpted her with stoneware clay. Her basin is of fracture streamer stained glass which was fired with her in the kiln. She is priced at $52.00. You will be able to view her adornments a bit better on Etsy. You can purchase there or directly from me via my e-mail.
Thanks so much for viewing.