Monday, November 13, 2017

alcohol ink paintings

I have been taking a little break from the gourds and have been working on some alcohol ink paintings! I really enjoy the fluid uncontrollable nature of the inks! After making the paintings on yupo paper I have been mounting them on wood substrates that I woodburned on. the last step is to cover them with resin! I am happy with the final result!!

I can also make prints of the paintings before they were mounted on the wood! 
Let me know if any of these catches your eye!!
I also made owl #2 out of gourds and hornets nest paper!! He is still available!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Arts on the riverwalk and Franklin Applefest

My gourd featuring a Harris's Hawk will be on display at the Arts on the Riverwalk in New Castle at the Confluence! I also entered a photo of an eagle I took on our trip to Alaska! The festival is on September 9th from 3 to 9. Artist reception is from 4 to 6.  The art will be on display until October 26th. Please go to the art on the Riverwalk facebook page and vote for my artwork !!! I have also signed up to have a booth at Franklin Applefest this year! Come and visit me from October 6th to the 8th!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017


So Happy that I have been accepted to participate in this festival!! It will be July 29th and 30th at Panama Rocks State Park in New York!!  Lots of fun and educational things going on!! Check out the website and Facebook page!! I would love to have you come visit me at my booth!!       

Friday, April 28, 2017

Harris's Hawk

This is my latest gourd which is quite large. The subject matter is a Harris's Hawk which I photographed last summer in Oregon at the high desert Museum. I loved the coloration of the bird and that is why I chose it as the subject for this gourd. The side with the full figure is carved. The geometric designs include different takes on a feather design. They are woodburned and carved.  I have been quite busy trying to get the gardens ready for planting and now mowing season has started so that is a big job around here! That leaves less time to work on art projects or plan classes. Hope everyone is enjoying the arrival of Spring!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Class For Beginners
I will be having another beginner gourd art class on March 12th from 1 to 3 PM. You will paint and complete this gourd birdhouse and get info on how to make one on your own. The cost is $48 and once again only room for 6. The first 3 to sign up get $5 off. You must pre register for this class so I can prepare the right number of gourds. call or email.
I will be participating in the new invitational show at Campbell Pottery starting on March 24th. It is titled " Cabin Fever, Nature and wildlife"  It runs until April 23rd.
This is my most recent creation. I made it from 2 gourds, apoxy sculpt clay, paper from a hornets nest, woodburning and paint!! Hope to see some of you at my class!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beginner gourd class was a success!!

 I think the gourd class turned out to be a fun and interesting day! I hope everyone there agrees!! They worked on the gourds which I had already cut and cleaned for a couple of hours and then we ate lunch while the paint dried a little. Everyone did such a beautiful job!!
After lunch we finished the alcohol dye on the body of the gourd and painted the finishing touches on the flowers! I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did!!
Here are the results of their efforts! They picked the colors wanted,  so they were all a little different!!
I am planning to do a class with a gourd birdhouse next. Anyone interested??

Friday, January 6, 2017

Offering a class for beginners

Now that the holidays are over and the long cold winter months start to drag on, I have decided to offer a fun class to brighten up the month of February! This beginner class will take place at my studio in Sandy Lake from 10 AM to about 2 PM on February 11th. I will supply a clean and cut gourd, use of all the tools and supplies needed to make this gourd, a light lunch, and lots of info on how to make a piece of art out of a gourd! You will leave with a completed gourd similar to the one in this picture! There is only room for 6 people so you must reserve your space by emailing me or calling. Pre payment is necessary so I can hold the space. In case of sickness or some other emergency you can get a refund or be scheduled for a later class. The cost for the class, gourd, and lunch is $75.00. Please get registered as soon as possible. If there is enough interest I will hold another class. This gourd would make a nice Easter or Mother's day gift!