Painted kitchen 15" stool/seat top. Acrylic under semi-gloss polyurethane. In my kitchen. The thing had been there for years, unfinished, then one morning I woke up with this picture in my head. What else could I do but paint it?
Found a lonely little rocker at a Goodwill store, brought it home...and stared at it for over a year. Then one day, I knew what it needed and I started painting. For Justin and Trent, my grandboys.
Bought an ugly gray plastic picnic table--something I could do projects on and not care if I buggered it up. Turns out I couldn't stand the thing as-was...so I "buggered it up" with 60's-style flowers I spray-painted through giant paper stencils I whipped up. (I got an even uglier wooden table to mess up with projects.)
From left to right: Painted & varnished wooden box--one design on the outside, another inside; Dimensionally painted paper mache box; Stained and wood- burned wooden box painted a deep plum on the inside. Boxes on left and center are SOLD
Another shot...just to show off the "abracadabra" of the inside where it becomes a totally different box. --SOLD--
Over-the-door wooden replacement transom. I painted this in my grandboys' room before the first one, Justin, was born.
"Swan Nebula." Acrylic on canvas. 16" x 20" First in a series inspired by images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
"Orion Nebula." Acrylic on canvas. 16" x 20" Second in a series inspired by Hubble Space Telescope photographs.
"Bob, The Fish" Recycled CDs (443 of 'em), jute and broom straw. Approx. 5 ft. by 3 ft. This took 10 months to do, and I couldn't have done it without the GIANT hotwire knife Keith Parsley constructed (out of dowels and guitar string) to shape the underlaying foam armature. $5,600
Bob again (Ol' One Eye). He says "Here's lookin' at you, kid." (Hmm. Perhaps I should've named him Bogie.)
Bob once again...only this time, he's swimming away. Clearly, he's had enough of my nonsense. 'Bye, Bob.
4" x 6" pencil doodle destined to become a stained glass window.
11" x 14" enlarged & colorized drawing--getting closer to becoming a stained glass window.
Stained glass window (from my original pencil doodle) for my son & his family. His wife, Vikki, picked out the glass and helped with the cutting and grinding. It kept us both busy while he was in Iraq. Approx. 3' by 4'
Clay "bells." This is what happens when a generous potter with extra clay, some leftover glaze, and an extruder says, "Go ahead & play." So I did. The idea was a "rain chain" and the bells were to be upside down...but I couldn't make that work, so I made a 5' string of them on a large-gauge, handmade copper chain to simply be. I like the rustic look of them.
A peek inside the clay bells.
Clay bells - pretty hanging in my porch corner.
Clay bells - the whole string of 'em.
Glass scraps, a piece of driftwood and voila! A stained glass "light chime." A Christmas present for my friend, Keith Parsley.
Driftwood detail - top of the stained glass "light chime."
I took a lapidary class. This 30x40mm moukite cab was my first project. (Now I just need to take a photography course so I can take better pictures--because there were more cabs cut after this one.)
Guess who took a mirrored mosaic course? Yep. That would be me. Mixed it with stained glass. Great fun! Plan to do some more.