Category Archives: Sculpture

Creative Juice #29

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Creative Juice #29

Fourteen articles, guaranteed to spark lots of creative ideas.

Creative Juice #27

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Creative Juice #27

Fifteen inspiring articles to uplift you:

Creative Repurposing

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Creative Repurposing

For The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with prompt: Repurpose:img_0169

These instruments were not invented by me,

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they are the creation of musician James Floyd.

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These wonderful garden tool bird sculptures live in a neighbor’s front yard.

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A flower arrangement came to me in this bowl many years ago. I now use it to serve cranberry sauce or Pfeffernüße during the holidays.

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Photos by ARHuelsenbeck.

Creative Juice #26

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Creative Juice #26

Sixteen juicy articles to tickle your creativity bone:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

Ooo–I love this prompt. Here’s my submission for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge with prompt: Sculptures:

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Sculpture by Shangri-La Woodworks. Photo by ARHuelsenbeck.

Creative Juice #23

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Creative Juice #23

Fifteen articles to inspire you in the New Year:

  • Glass miniature masterpieces.
  • These dogs, drawn by Holly Lucero, will give you nightmares.
  • A way to look at your subject so you can draw it more accurately.
  • Skyscrapers into infinity.
  • Please buy me a book illustrated by Tihomir Čelanović. I wish I could read the stories these drawings tell.
  • Breathtaking views of Paris, 1946.
  • I just love Suhita Shirodkar’s work. Take a peek at her sketchbook.
  • Here’s a cool zentangle technique.
  • You can turn a fail around.
  • Tips from people who have been around the block a few times.
  • Woody Guthrie’s New Year resolutions from 1943. I could make a few of these, even though I’m allergic to New Year resolutions.
  • I’m going to try this technique for watercolor backgrounds for zentangle.
  • The large-scale paintings of Salman Khoshroo. Be sure to watch the video of the artist at work. Fascinating.
  • A Christian’s take on creativity and mental illness. Though I’m also a Christian, I don’t believe exactly as she does, but it’s still an interesting essay. Warning: the video is decidedly unholy.
  • I’m thinking of participating in this challenge. How about you? It may help you reach one of your goals for 2017…

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

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Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

If you are in the Phoenix East Valley area this weekend, head down to Old Town Tempe for the Festival of the Arts. I had the pleasure of spending three hours there today. I took lots of pictures and bought some stuff. I’ll share a little with you, but you should go see for yourself. It opened today, and it runs through Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The first thing I saw was this blue grass band. They also brought along extra instruments so people could jump in and jam.

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After Leah Kiser (below, right) illustrated her brother Seth Ode’s children’s book, Morgan the Ox, she looked for a new project. Her little daughter dressed a toy dinosaur in a doll tutu, and that became the inspiration for the painting Black Swan (second photo below, right).

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Dana Robbins makes amazing art glass. I especially love the knobs in the second picture below.

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Bob Reynolds uses different kinds of woods to make beautiful inlaid cutting boards.

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Elizabeth Jenkins weaves cloth. Some of it she then further designs by removing some of the pigment. She makes unique scarves and shawls and throws–and coats!

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Art below by Deborah Haeffele.

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Joshua Seraphin reverse paints on glass.

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Darryl Cohen and Kevin Frosch make decorative items out of glass. I fell in love with the mirror on the left.

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James Floyd builds, sells, and plays hybrid instruments. Here he is playing some sort of guitar/Dobro/tambourine. In the second picture, an instrument has a mechanical arm for holding a harmonica while you strum.

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Brian Smith spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He will help you put images together to spell words that hold special significance for you.

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John McDonald’s glass art reminds me of Chihuly. I especially like his “Yard Sticks” below.

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Tom Deitenbeck makes beautiful pottery. I love the knitting yarn bowl in the second picture below. I bought one of his napkin holders.

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Rick Murphy welds together found objects to create curious creatures.

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Bob Cuthbertson plays a Chapman stick. I got to hear him play the Bach Toccata and Fugue. Awesome!

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And, finally, Jocelyn Obermeyer on Irish harp and Nathan Tsosie on Native American flute.

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I hope what you’ve seen, a small sample of the more than 350 booths, will entice you to attend, too. And if you’re there on Sunday, you might even see me. I saw a gorgeous jasper necklace by Jean and Maya Montanaro that my husband said he’d like me to have for Christmas. Best Husband Ever.

Worth Their Salt

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Worth Their Salt

While I was working on Shaker DesignI began thinking about other kinds of shakers, and vintage salt and pepper shakers in particular. They’re such sought-after collectibles, and many are quite inexpensive. Time for another Etsy binge.

Since salt and pepper shakers generally come in pairs, one common theme is couples (click on the descriptive links below the images for purchasing information):

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Kissers.

Bride and groom. Amish. Santa and Mrs.

Here are some elegant shakers:

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Silver.

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Delft windmills.

And some from the animal kingdom:

Orangutans. Birds. Chickens. Scotties. Deer. Geese.

And some final couples, some of them rather creepy. (You can click on the smaller images to enlarge them.)

Captain and fisherman. Friars. Humpty.

Mermaids. Cutie pies. Native American and drum. Elves.

Looking at Mr. and Mrs. Santa and the chickens took me back to my childhood during the 50s and 60s. The old fisherman reminded me of the 70s, and the geese reminded me of an 80s decorating trend.

My favorites, though, are the kissing couple and the Scotties.

What about you? Which are your favorites? Do you collect shakers? Share in the comments below.

Creative Juice #17

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Creative Juice #17

A dozen articles especially chosen to ignite a spark of creativity in you today.

Creative Juice #15

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Creative Juice #15

Fifteen extraordinarily inspiring articles: