Warrior no.4

Continuing to explore the smaller figurative painting series. Holding the work during the process changes the experience a lot, as does the brevity. A little stenciling. With wood lattice frame, size is 8.25″ square.

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~8″ sqr, acrylic on mdf

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Curiously Strong Fireplace DIY

A fun seasonal project that may not require you to go out and buy a thing. Below is a video going through the process of making one of my favorite DIY Christmas gifts – the Mini Crank Fireplace. I’ve made lots of variations of this through the years, but the fireplace or camp fire is always a favorite. Careful if trying it for yourself – lots of sharp edges and points when cutting tin.

Some non-holiday themes have been burning hearts with found object collage on the top and recycling a greeting card of a huge cat over a city-scape to make “Kitty vs. City: Tin of Destruction”, even a refrigerator and giggling green jello salad! For the fireplace, I’ve used cards, vinyl “stone” floor tile, color prints and even celluclay (photo below) to make the hearth. In this video I choose to use a recycled greeting card and a campfire.

If a photo or print of some kind are used, you can make detachable items for the fireplace like stockings, a tree or garland with felt and attach a magnet strip. A little over-the-top, but so is Christmas. Enjoy!

 

fireplace

Small Paintings

Holding the work in-hand while painting changes everything. The interaction is more intimate and allows for the movement of paint across the surface to be manipulated. I also tend to finish smaller paintings more quickly, so they don’t become labored and overworked. These were each given a simple wood lattice frame. Sizes are about 8 inches square and 10 inches square.

Cat’s Cradle Jewelry Holder

Several variations on the the theme of Cat’s Cradle as a holder for a favorite few pieces of jewelry. I always loved the interlaced pattern the string made at this stage of the game. Most are made to hang on the wall or rest on a surface. When resting, the necklace pegs along the bottom of some pieces become ring holders. In order to keep earring hooks from sliding around, I’ve used a variety of techniques. For the one-piece painted metal design, crimp beads were placed and set along the black cord. For others, a pleather cord was used.

A few pieces are usually available on my Etsy page.