Thursday, August 30, 2007

Spiralicious!

Here is the Exalted Beauty Spiralicious Medallion collection fresh from the oven:



The main focus of the Spiralicious collection is on the elegant simplicity of the fabulous spiral shape in combination with a dynamic range of beautiful, specially mixed polymer clay colors. However, keeping it *simple* was much more difficult then one would think (at least for me). If you haven’t guessed from the collection above and from my body of work in general, then let me just tell you; Spirals are my absolute FAVORITE shape! However, while I really liked the Spiralicious medallions in their spirally, fresh from the oven state, I felt they didn’t quite have that certain *something* that made them *Amyesque*. So I decided to give them some more individuality and character by using a number of transparent glazes and tinted varnishes, with the intention of adding history, texture, gloss and sophistication.

Here is a closer look at the finished Spiralicious pieces:



I really love how the final Spiralicious pieces turned out.
Now I’m looking forward to finishing the backs on both the Spiralicious and Prophecy collections so I can move on to the beading and cataloging. The Ravishing Round backs are finished and curing and should be ready to string in a few days. Yay! So at least I will have the Rounds ready in time for Mer’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party on September 7th. With any luck the rest of the medallion backs will be finished tomorrow and cure in time to do it all again!

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

I will be back with the Ravishing Round catalog next week!

Prophecy!

Here is the Exalted Beauty Prophecy Medallion collection fresh from the oven:



And here is a closer look at the finished Prophecy pieces:






[BTW – the floating multi-angle sensation is due to the marbles rolling face down on the scanner, in actuality the pieces lie flat against the body as seen in the fresh from oven picture]

And finally here is a sunlit close up photo of my new luminescent crusty sparkle finish, part crackle, part crystal, part corrosion:



Would love to hear what you think?


Spiralicious is up next...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ravishing Rounds!

I would like to start off today’s post with an apology. I have been a very bad blogger lately and I am so sorry! I know I promised to show you the new Medallion collections that I have been working on over the past few weeks, so rather then going on and on about my extremely hectic life, I’ll just share the first of the three new Exalted Beauty Medallion collections in progress.

Here are the new Ravishing Rounds:













The Exalted Beauty Rounds have continued to be a staple item at every Medallion party so I felt the need to replenish my stock before the holiday rush begins. I was planning to wait another month to make these (after my next art show deadline) but I had a recent wholesale request for the Rounds so… no time like the present! I am so glad I decided to make this collection sooner then later because these truly are my best batch of Rounds to date! I am really happy with how they turned out; each one is its own unique abstract art piece. But don’t pick out your favorite Ravishing Round just yet, because not all of these are going to make it to the Exalted Beauty Medallion catalog, as 60 or so will be heading over to The Razzberry Kiss. I will put about 90 in the catalog, but if your favorite is missing from my selection then you can always head on over to The Razzberry Kiss to design a necklace around your favorite Ravishing Round!

Well, that’s all I have time for today! I’ll be finishing up the Ravishing Rounds over the next few days, they still need backs and time to cure before I can begin beading and cataloging, but I will reveal the next two Exalted Beauty Medallion collections in progress; Spiralicious and Prophecy, later this week!

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Cornish Fair!

The Cornish Fair opens today along with the opening of The 7th Art Show & Sale at the Cornish Town Hall! The photo below was taken Tuesday night after I dropped off the 6 Garden Room paintings to be exhibited in this year’s show:



What you are seeing on my very tired face is relief! I made it! I conquered yet another exhibition deadline! While I was not able to complete as many new works as I had hoped, I was able to come up with a set of six *Squares* that I felt complimented each other very nicely. So, I’m feeling pretty happy about that and I am extremely grateful for the exposure the paintings will receive in this popular venue. Thousands of people attend the Cornish Fair every year and it is a widely anticipated local event. I know we will be there for the art as well as for the fun family events! I hope to see you there! If not, I’ll catch you back here next week! Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Santa’s Village

Yesterday we returned to the White Mountains again for another exciting fun park adventure. This time Jody, Caden and I, went to Santa’s Village with my niece Gracie, nephew Griffin, sister-in-law Amy and mother-in-law Susie. The weather was perfect and we had a fabulous time! Here are some fun pictures of the kids:







Speaking of Santa, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have had Christmas on the brain this past week and my studio is starting to look like Santa’s workshop! Why you ask? Well, I’m back in medallion production mode! I have a big Exalted Beauty Medallion party coming up in a few weeks and I am anticipating some early holiday shoppers. So in answer to upcoming customer demand, I have been trying to create collections designed especially with the gift giver in mind. Think simple and versatile. I’ll let you know more about the new collections next week! Until then, I’ll be at the Cornish Fair! It opens today! Read more about that in the next post!

Weirs Beach

We went to Weirs Beach again this week and we had *this much* fun!

Sensational Sunflowers





















Pretty Poppies













California Grace





Pink and Orange