Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Until We Meet Again....Goodbye

My father-in-law riding in Wyoming

Frank A. Danza
February 26, 2008

"We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last."

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lazy Day

Lazy afternoon in the garden

It was a lazy day yesterday. I put on my comfy green pants and ugly pink shoes (which are probably the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned) early in the day and the day got progressively more lazy. I didn't feel like doing art at all. I was more content to play with my son and watch him play in the garden. I read a bit in the sun too.

I got more and more exhausted as the day dragged on and rest couldn't come soon enough, so I put myself to bed as soon as I put my son to bed. I believe some beauty rest was just what I needed because I woke this morning happy and ready to take on the day. No comfy greens for me today. Today is a day of get up and go and with that...I'm off!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Beautiful designs from the sky

The big news yesterday SNOWED!!! It was our first snowfall. Not enough to really make a snowman or sled about the yard, but it was big fluffy snow that had design! I love when that happens. It's truly magical to catch a glimpse of a snowflake in its perfect design state. I took the new Exilim out side and the video camera to capture my son enjoying the falling flakes. We have been hearing about so many states getting snowed in, but havent had an opportunity to enjoy a bit of the white stuff ourselves this year.

With the cold snow blowing about, the warm studio was so inviting. I made a lovely pot of jasmine tea and added a bit more dust to about three different horses. I work on several at a time because the fixatives I am currently using take quite a while to dry. So, while one is drying another is getting dusted. This way no time is being lost in the studio.

Here are some of the pieces Im currently pastelling. The first two are commissions and the foal is for my personal collection so they won't be sales items. Never-the-less, I'm very happy with the way these pieces are developing.

Pregnant Arab mare

Eberl Drafter getting dusted

A special gift from a good friend

I'm excited to add the hairing details on the pregnant Arabian mare. I'm actually sorry I didn't take progress shots of her. I believe she would have made a great painting tutorial.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


"KA-PAW!!!" There goes "Hedgie!"

Please note: this drop was conducted on privately owned property.
The area was secure and clear for such an activity.

It was an emotional day for me yesterday when I dropped "Hedgie's" mold from the rooftop terrace. It was a bit celebratory too cause it marked the official end of his production. As I was picking up the pieces I felt a sense of pride in knowing that he was born from a blob of wax and cast all by my little ol' self. Not only was he cast in earthenware china and glazed, but was also cast in porcelain. My work in porcelain is something I never thought I'd live to see. My dream is to one day look back on my personal little porcelain Hedgie and remember the pride I had this day. Hopefully he will be sitting next to hundreds of other little critters I've created.

Inside Hedgie's mold

Every new owner will get a little piece of "Hedgie's" mold. I'm a sentimental sap that can't seem to get rid of anything in the studio. I hang on to things just cause, "you never know." But the studio can't hold another dust collector and this idea of giving a little part of "Hedgie's" origin was a perfect way, I felt, to commemorate "Hedgie's" creation. It also seemed like a more valiant end to a good mold than to just chuck it in the trash. I didn't have the heart to do that.

Now, back to work. I have a Eberl drafter I'm painting to a dark forest chestnut and I'm enjoying the process and craving to have my hands in dust this afternoon. I'll have pictures soon of him to share with you all.