Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.
Here we go with another week of Art!
Saturday, June 23 – I did a little work in the studio – first I did some more illustrations for my Minuscule story book.
I always have some extras, some experiments, or some “use up the scrap paper” to save for some other project later on.
I put some colors down on these 6″ x 6″ boards. I think eventually they will become some more of those sort of cartoon/painting things I’ve done a few of recently – think Ogre Babies.
Monday, June 25 – I had a little time today to get to the basement and work on some clay. Here’s a tray of dried tiles from last week, ready to be fired.
Here are some more plain puff people. Now I will have enough of them to experiment with color applications and see what I think looks best. Once they are fired, of course!
I had some extra slabs, so I made some cats.
And then the ever-popular clay rocks – these are formed from bits of clay that I feel are drying out too much to do anything with – I just form the clay into a rough shape and then tap it (hard) with a paddle. These items have to be very well-dried before they go into the kiln or they will explode, being solid. But since they are not very big, I don’t anticipate trouble.
Tuesday, June 26 – this week is shaping up to be busy and choppy-scheduled. I grabbed a little time late in the afternoon to work on some more Minuscule illustrations.
I’m falling into a rhythm with these pictures. It seems to work best if I think of what I want, then just go right to trying to depict it, with the idea I’ll make a couple of tries (at least). So I’m ending up with alternates. Well, I’ll pick the one that I think works best for the book and the others will find their way into some other format – keep your eyes peeled in the future and see if you notice them showing up.
Thursday, June 28 – This art week is being fitted into nooks and crannies of time. I was out all afternoon and most of the morning I continued catching up on a lot of long-put-off computer-oriented things and paperwork (including entering a couple of fall shows). I did squeeze in a couple of small things.
I want to do some clay tiles incorporating the technique of sgraffito. All this means is, I want to scratch into the clay to make images. There are different ways of doing this. I looked at a couple of You Tube offerings to see what I could pick up. I’ve done sgraffito before but I thought I’d just check and see if I could improve previous results.
I rolled out some tiles in white clay.
Pretty ordinary looking. Well, what I need to do is let them dry to a leather-hard state (leather-hard being clay talk for dried enough not to bend but still moist). Then I need to put 4-5 coats of Jet Black Velvet underglaze on them (I could use any color, and maybe I’ll switch around, but I am thinking a black/white finished look).
Then I’ll carve into them, removing black and leaving white behind, until I’m done. I’ll check these tonight before bedtime – they might be at leather-hard, or not, but no matter what, I’ll put them under plastic to stop the drying process and resume things at my next session.
Here’s an art-drop-off project getting ready – My husband spray-painted the lids of these pimiento jars black and then…
I’m filling the jars with little wooden people I made about three years ago, I think. I will also add a little note telling the person who picks up the jar that it’s ok to take it home.
I bought the wooden people blanks from Dick Blick and decorated them into tiny women figures with acrylics and markers. I gave some away, and now I want to finish things off by leaving these out in the world. Maybe this weekend or next week.
Finally, I think I’ve completed my last group of edge-repainting. Good. I’m glad that is all done.
Friday, June 29 – A short little session (I was at Poetry Marathon today).
I got out my notes I took on sgraffito work in clay.
My tiles are at a good stage for a trial. I took out four of them and started on the coats of underglaze. It takes time – there needs to be drying in between coats and at the last, it must be dry to touch.
These are not. I got out a fan to blow on them. Drying will take time, here in the basement. That’s ok, I can do other things while I wait. I sprayed the remaining tiles with a little water to keep them from continuing to dry (they will do it even under the plastic).
I’ll save the revelation of my first attempts at this technique for next week. So, until then…
See you next week! Thanks for following along with me.
Love those cats!
Wow, so much creativity this week!
Thank you. I felt a bit like I was just grabbing a little time here and there, but it does add up. I hope for a less confusing week this week to catch up some.
Cliffhanger! I look forward to seeing how the sgraffito clay work turns out. I like your wee wooden folk. My kids painted those tiny wooden blanks last summer and had such fun they’ve been doing the odd one here and there ever since. I’ve got an idea to paint a matryoshka set but haven’t got around to researching the blanks let alone buying them. Another item on my ever expanding Art To Do list. But I digress….. I absolutely adore those cat puffs. I look forward to seeing their evolution.
Thank you. They are new, though a few years back I made a big one kind of like these (then glazed him ugly and ruined him). If they turn out well I’ll be trying some larger ones, I am sure…
l love the cats too. And I like your process of diving in and drawing a few versions of your Minuscule illustrations, then figuring out which you want later. Interesting, as always!
Thank you. I have learned that trial and error is what works best for me. Kind of crazy but – I go with my strengths (making mistakes???)
What a happy week of art! Good luck to the wooden people with their new life.
In their little glass spaceships!
Oh, that’s a good way to describe their journey.
I just love those wooden people. If you decide to sell any after you give a bunch to the world, let me know…(K)
Remind me of your address and I’ll send you a little spaceship full. Because after this there are no more (unless I get the urge to make some more. which I might, maybe in the winter. It was fun to sit on the sofa and decorate them.)
You are so generous Claudia…I’ll send you an email.
Got it! Now looking for a box in the basement…
I am in love with the cat slabs!
Thank you. Me and cats – a long-term love I have for them starting with Arthur in 1983 and continuing on through a whole array to where we are now – Martok – well, cats are a theme with me all right!
I’m Reminded of Fisher price little people. Happy memory
Yes! Now, me too.
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