My good friend and I have finally organized an Etsy shop.

Click here to visit.

There are still some items to list and  Facebook page to be made. We are slowly getting things together.

It seems are items are concentrated around painting, drawing, and sculptures. But every now and then there could be a few items from left field that enter the shop. You know, just to mix things up a bit.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


Notions #3

So for the past two months I have had three pieces of bark laying on the floor underneath a stack of World Book encyclopedias.

Two months ago our family went for some walks around Toolangi. There was some great bark on the ground that looked perfect for painting on.

Bark looks like it might be difficult to work with. As the bark dries it curls, hence all of the words starting at So - Z that World Book deemed acceptable sitting on top of them.

Finally most, if not all, of the moisture has evaporated and I think it should be ready to go.

The only thing I need now is paint, acrylic to be exact. At least that is what the Google search seemed to indicate.

I think I know what I want to paint on the pieces. I should probably do a few sketches first just to make sure.

There's my notion for the day. Hopefully something will materialize soon.

Suberbly Wordy Fairly Wrens

Often when we are out hiking around Dixons Creek we will see the Superb Blue Fairy wrens flitting about. We love them. They are little blue and black puff balls. Whats not to love?

Here are my versions. Named the Superbly Wordy Black Fairy wrens.

Painting the Psalms: Block two

I have been working for sometime now on a painting of the Psalms. Here are the thoughts behind the painting, taken from our family blog.

I began to ponder what one of the more emotional (to put it lightly) books of the Bible would look like as a painted infograph? And here I find myself with my newest study or research. A painting or infograph of the emotions found in the Book of Psalms.

I have decided to go Psalm by Psalm and write down every emotion mentioned. Then I will assign a color or mix of colors to represent that emotion. Finally I will paint line by line each Psalm with the corresponding emotional colors. So each line is a Psalm and each color on that line represents one emotion. Some Psalms have six or so colors, others only one.

There could be two layers to this painting. The lower layer could be the emotional undercurrent found in a particular Psalm and the top layer would be specific emotions mentioned. For my project I have decided to only paint the later.  I have completed a few tests as well as the background for the canvas. We will see how it goes from here.

Last night I finished block two, so Psalms 26 - 50. It is taking a lot longer than I thought. I get sidetracked on other projects. Now that the soccer season is over I have a lot more time in the evening. I would really like to finish this by the end of the year. Here is what the two blocks look like together.

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One of Chiaki Morita's paper creations
While browsing the internet reading about letterpress, I found a store by the name of Upon a Fold that sells wonderful paper products. Their blog led me to the site of Chiaki Morita, a paper artist located in Japan. More beautiful works to gaze at and find inspiration.