Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's foggy here

This has been the wackiest weather, but some might say it's a typical San Francisco summer. Last week we got into the upper 80's. Today, it's cold, foggy and very wet. Not the wet from rain, but wet from all the fog. I can't see the mountain which separates me from the coast. Weather like this tends to bring me down. Hopefully, it will clear up in a couple of hours.

Yesterday afternoon, I glanced out the back door and saw a falcon sitting on top of my fence. Next to the falcon was a squirrel! Both were staring at each other. Well, I have no idea what the squirrel was thinking, but I think I know what the falcon was thinking...yum!

Some of my friends already know that the squirrels come to my house to snack. Hubby buys walnuts, cashews, peanuts and hazelnuts and makes his very own blend of squirrel food. This has caused other critters to stop by for a snack...crows, hawks, falcons, owls, racoons and others.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some of my favorites

One of my favorite pieces was Kenya. She was inspired by the art of LeRoy Neiman. I am lucky enough to have a Neiman serigraph and I never get tired of looking at it.

I wanted to capture the wildness of his animal paintings and still have the feel of softness. I named this piece Kenya after the Kenya Leopard. She is very feline! Did I mention I love color?

Here is the inspiration piece.
"Kenya Leopard", by LeRoy Neiman

The"Lust Imps" are also among my favorites. It's difficult to pick just one because they all have a a unique quality. They represent those emotions and desires that make us do things we wouldn't ordinarily do. They are impulses in 3D.

Lust Imp, Heart's Desire - 2008

Why is it, girls want to get married on Valentine's Day? If it goes bad, you always have the crap to remember....every year! Anyone getting married on that day is asking for it!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Why am I here?

Well, at the gentle persuasion of my friend Sprite, I'm giving blogging a try. It's difficult to know where to begin. So many people I know are doing it and seem to have fun, but I'm not alone in my feelings about it. My other dear friend Janet, feels the same way. I can't speak for her, but this old fossil is hard to convert! I was also terrified when I started my website a couple of years ago. Technology comes slowly to me.

I guess I'll start with a brief description of how I see myself. I am a person who creates things to make myself happy. That sounds selfish, but it seems that no matter what I do creatively, as soon as it becomes a job, it loses it's luster. As long as I'm doing what's in my heart, I'm motivated. I don't think I'm alone in this mindset. I've oven thought about accepting commission work for my sculptures, but stop short because of the fear of it "feeling like a job" and losing my creative drive. On the other hand, it makes me feel great when someone buys one of my pieces...they like what's in my head too.

I also get easily sidetracked and then have a difficult time getting focused again. I'm sure other artists go through this. I can't possibly be the only one, although it feels like it at times. This puts a real damper on doing a lot of projects. There are so many things I'd like to try, but never seem to have time. If I get two sculptures done in a year, I feel lucky. This is not the way to build a name for ones self!

Well, that's it for now. I might be back later :)