Month: September 2021

As the weekend begins

This week indeed has been spent working on the bird Family Day after day. It is growing and I think it might be complete by the end of the weekend! Yes I attached those feathers one at a time… Some of these pictures you may have seen and I will post new ones today when I get to the studio.

But 1st this morning I have to pick up my art from the Time Gallery. I hope you have had a chance to go see it if you are in the Peoria area because it’s coming down at 9:00 a.m. After that I head downtown to the riverfront where the Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair will begin at 10 Am… I will be in the IAL booth until noon answering questions pertaining to membership with the Illinois Art League. Come on down!

After lunch it will be back to the studio and back to the bird family. Have a fun Saturday!

These are the days of our lives…

The art festival was a success in spite of the many challenges we faced pulling it off with short notice, hot weather and absentee food trucks.

We had fun, we had people, we had dogs! And we sold art. We learned a lot of things to do differently for next year. Onward and upward as they say.

The rest of this week I will spend come completing the build of my tall bird Family. I’m hoping to get it installed into the store window next Monday but there are quite a few steps left.

In the meanwhile I took my studio through a cleaning process is process in order to accommodate a small group of acrylic artists coming tomorrow morning. Here are Before & After pictures…

To be fair you cannot see everything in the 1st picture there was so much more to put away… It took my entire morning.

Also yesterday I decided I should go and harvest my 1st 1st and most Orange pumpkin from the pumpkin from the pumpkin patch outside my window. I feel today that it might have been a little premature but I am quite proud of this pumpkin.

There are several more out there and I even found 2 more babies starting yesterday So there will be several pictures yet to come.

But for now I must get back to my paper mache work…



Continuing saga

With each passing day more layers more layers go on and the balls get bigger. I have now covered 2 beach balls with paper mache And they will serve as the bodies of my large birds.

I started out putting the 1st layer on with recycled copy paper. The next layer was plain yellow printer paper. And finally I decided for a 3rd layer to try some some of my precious tissue paper. I can’t wait to see it once it’s dry.

I also used a 3rd recipe to create paper machine paste and used it to mold a beak onto one of the smaller balloon shapes.

They are starting to take shape! Stay tuned…