Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Unexpected Tools for Sign Language

Working on projects away from my home studio, I found myself quite lacking in proper tools. 
Hmmm... No pencil.  No eraser. 
Three small brushes, one plastic ruler.

I had graphite tracing paper, but the lines did not show up on the dark stained board.  So how could I transfer the letters I had designed and intended to paint to make this antique shop sign?
Ordinarily I would have reached for a wood carving tool, or at least my favorite all purpose metal tip - a nut pick.  But alas! this kitchen was sparsely supplied.  I needed a sharp point to cut into the wood without ripping the paper.   For a while I used a nail.  It worked adequately, but was uncomfortable to grip. 

You can see the unexpected tool I preferred: 

No wine bottle in sight, but the grip felt right and the point cut nicely into the pine board!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Make Your Mark in Chesterfield Valley

The largest paint-by-number you have ever seen:  an entire flood wall!  
The leadership of Chesterfield Arts continues to advance visual arts on a grand scale!   For nearly a year, area teenagers have been developing their theme of community, planning its design and color scheme to beautify this bland concrete barrier.  In the space of a morning hundreds of residents ignored the intense 94 degree heat and transformed this eyesore into a delightful painting.

If you saw the six o'clock news Saturday night, 
you saw me smoothing the edges of a giant curve.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Calligraphy Guild Gals

 Calligraphy Guild's Visit  to Brother Mel's Sculpture Gallery and Studio

 What a beautiful depiction of our Tree of Life!

 Brother Mel explained that these are the 5 foolish virgins whose lamps have gone out.

Mountain Columbine in Bloom

No blooms last year from these 4 plants, but the 2011 spring weather has been perfect to encourage abundant flowering at our front door.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Basketball and Cowboys

What is the connection between these unrelated things? 
Hand lettering of course!
A basketball star and an old cowboy song met in my studio.