Monday, November 10, 2014

Polar Vortex


 
 
When I heard the polar vortex was moving south, I thought of the woods.
I knew the rabbits and all their friends would be readying for the storm. Then hunker in with supplies.
 
Badger , always the most prepared.
Here on the edge of the woods, I tried an ancient technique
Started with a simple pinched bowl, then scraped out a design with a pointed tool,
Painted on glaze color of choice and when set; rubbed off with sponge in one direction. Continually rinsing your sponge so the glaze doesn't drag. Somehow there is green glaze on here, oops.
Oh, the herons are back. Hunting for luncheon in the dry grasses of the neighborhood.
 
Off to list this morning, hope its a grand week for you~
xx
julie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

All Donkeys go to Heaven

It was a long journey but they finally made it. They just followed the butterfly angel; and if they lost sight of her during the night she would blow her Triton's Trumpet.

Its kind of silly; I only have this one frame and it fits a nine by twelve, but you can see what this donkey portrail looks like with a frame. I see I've left my sunglasses on the mantle but I can see my lucky pony horseshoe at the base of the fish.
 
I'm pretty sure I bought that frame at Dick Blick. They have silver ones too and they are on sale now.
Silver would be dandy for nighttime scenes,
Like this one. This city is mostly empty now, but all the innocents are being led to a better place.
I would give them my lucky horseshoe if I could, but there luck is holding steady with their guide. 
I have added two new café bowls to a collection. The two green ones on your left. The French put his beautiful viridian green on them, and sometimes it has a slight olive tinge. These are older ones, like The Amitie next to them.  Lovely things en masse look so right together, yes? Flowers, herds of deer, groves of fruit trees and café au lait bowls.  
 
and donkeys........xxx

Monday, July 7, 2014

plate du jour

Faience plates are finicky. Its taken me years to figure out how to do it and even now this isn't perfect. But flaws are what make us human, so  a bump there and a errant brush stroke are only because I am so very flawed. Kinda like this plate. ))
I put a flower by this Sweet Pea plate to show the size which is just about 12 inches in diameter.

with a new cup. And the cup is pretty good sized too.
This one is different; rolled out without much trimming , a plate rustique.
(I'm using all these French terms because I've been watching a French Movie)
and its smaller, a plate for crème brulee or gauteu l'orange.

Have you seen the work of Danny Mansmith? He is a needle artist; and I think you should see what I received in the mail.....
a gorgeous bucket bag. He free stitiched over the black and white bird fabric, its like a heavy linen, added this tiny wreath medallion on the front , sturdy reliable and arty and expertly made.
It came wrapped like a gift from Pan too,

See? He has a shop; www.dannymansmith.etsy.com
and right now there are some very wonderful bags; one inparticular called Botanical
I wish someone would buy before I do. And you won't believe how reasonable his prices are.
My last news is that I have a new bedside lamp and I can read again before I sleep, and I started with
Borderland, by Robert Blythe. Little snippits of gold in the form of a Country Diary and the perfect thing to center oneself before sleep and so full of wisdom it fairly drips on the night table. Next I'm reading his "Wormingford" which is supposed to be his crowning achievement .
Hope you all are having a lovely summerxx
julie

Animals who garden

Animals who garden
Donkey with green paw