Sorry, couldn’t resist. I know, I’ve been MIA. It is a long rambling story that I won’t bore you with. Instead, I’ll bore you with the short rambling story. Humm, let me see if I can do this succinctly - I’m not good at succinct. We were attending to some family matters. We did a bunch of traveling. I lost 6 days of my life fighting with a new PC laptop: it won, I lost. We did lots of traveling. Winter came in the form of ice: power went with downed power lines. Horses like to drink despite the fact that well pumps need power - the very same power that went with the downed power lines due to the arrival of winter in the form of ice. We did lots of traveling. I was finishing a huge project at work involving more evil PCs (even worse - networked PCs!) We did lots of traveling. I’ve been doing lots of taxes and filing W-2s, 1099misc, workman’s comp, etc. We’ve been working with Penny on her new career (more to come on this!).
The good news is that hopefully this weekend I will finish at least the business taxes, etc. and will have things in some semblance of control before I go, once more, out of town. Did I mention we’ve been traveling a lot? Once this is done, I hopefully can get out some “catch-up” postings on my blog. My recent experiences with PCs resulted in a severe case of techno-phobia and I didn’t want to get near anything containing a microchip. The experiences also re-confirmed my love affair with my Mac computer. Funny, my Mac computer is incredibly well-behaved - something I can’t say about Mac the horse!
So who is this silly character at the top of my blog? This is a polymer clay creation involving beads and Pearl-ex. The “eye” actually swings around - with a different eye on the other side. This glyph has evolved out of my fascination with petroglyphs and pictograms of early Native Americans. It all started with a starbook I created over a year ago. This April we will be going on our first trip to Italy for a Claudine Hellmuth workshop. I’m so excited – Claudine is the best! The attendees will be creating a personal shrine as one of our main projects. I decided that I wanted the shrine to be a representation of where I am in life at this moment: emotionally and artistically. I’ve also been accessing where I want to go with my art. I tend to be artistically schizophrenic. I’ve been trying to figure out what I do that is really “mine.” My cartoons are very much my own, but they don’t lend themselves well to a shrine. However, I truly love making my glyphs and spirit helpers. I decided the focal point of my shrine will be a glyph representation of “me”. The theme of the shrine will be metamorphosis - the place where I feel like I’m at. I don’t want to do too much for the shrine, just make this central piece - something more difficult to do in Italy.
I started the creative process by looking at my original sketches and also the flat pieces I did for the starbook as shown in the second photo. I roughed out a sketch and as you can see in the last photo, for once in my life, the finished piece is pretty much what I drew. I would like to put arms on as seen in the sketch. I also wanted to put translucent wings on her. I think I will keep her as is so she will make it to and from Italy in my suitcase without falling apart! Originally I was not going to paint the sculpture - I didn’t know what my color scheme would be in Italy. Kerri suggested that my traditional Pearl-ex coloring was varied enough to accommodate a wide color range. She’s right (she often is) and I finished it off with Pearl-ex and beads. We shall see where the shrine “goes” once I get there. I’ll be full of sights from Florence and the beautiful Tuscan landscape!