Friday, October 25, 2013

All you need is LOVE

October 25,2013   6 am Write for 10 min.
This morning I recognize the value of consistent writing.  I know that I would be more confident with upcoming events if I were to do so – write on a more consistent behavior, I tend to not be consistent with anything- maybe that is my consistency and I can hear Spirit saying that there is no time frame from which to work so it is not necessary to beat myself up about my lack of consistency.  The point here is that time is a construct of man therefore it has no bearing on the world of Spirit, so everything is at the right time.  That is a very sobering thought when you consider that everything is just right, that there is no thing that is out of time, you are not late, you are not unaccomplished, you are just where you are and that is okay.  Even if you are in the deepest of Hells, you are just where you need to be, everything is an opportunity to learn the lesson of love, which of course is the only lesson.  Everything boils down to love, love of neighbor, love of father and mother, love of sister and brother, love of GOD which is another way of saying, love of SELF.  In fact all of these, love of… is love of self.  Every single situation in life, every gut wrenching, heart stomping, and life flattening experience is an opportunity to love SELF in all forms and guises. 
I lay in bed and try to quiet my mind, I imagine a painting my cousin has on her wall of a bindu, a large circle with a dot inside, she tells me it is the representation of the cosmic mind in the Hindu tradition, it is the center of consciousness and if you meditate on it you will raise your consciousness.  I think about the Bhagavad Gita and how the story is a tool for opening your consciousness, a story I have listened to over and over again and I will continue to.  I think about the 72 names of God, found in the Torah or the Old Testament of Holy Scripture, that if you meditate on the 72 names of God as they are written in Hebrew you will open your consciousness.  And where does that consciousness lead- right back to love, to loving yourself, to SELF Love which is all we are here in physical form to do, to remember that we are love, that everything is love, that we are here to experience everything, deemed good and bad (as we live in a dualistic realm) with love.
“That is absurd” I hear you say, “Have you been listening to the news lately? Do you not see the horrible way that people treat each other and the world?  What part of that is love?”  Great question. That which you experience as horrible and unloving is that which is caused by the lack of love. The universe operates from a stance of BEING, there is no good or bad, everything just is.  If Mankind destroys itself, the water, the air, the Earth, well you know you cannot destroy energy. It is only transformed. So, life as we know it may not exist, but life will continue, you at your core, will continue along with every other speck of energy- which is everything.  So if you remove the idea of annihilation then you can proceed without fear. Part of waking up your consciousness is waking up to the fact that you have nothing to fear.  When you can acknowledge that you can act, think and Be from a position of love.  Every step that you take will come from love.  It seems so simplistic, but if you moved through your day, making all of your choices from love: is this a loving act to my body to eat this food, is this a loving act to my household to clean this floor, is this a loving act to speak to my child this way, is this a loving act to allow that car to go in front of me, is this a loving act to smile at the stranger, is this a loving act to watch this TV program, is this a loving act to create this art… is this a loving act to wage war, to shut down the government, to overcharge, to recycle, to speak to myself like I am lesser than? 
As I read the words I write, I recognize that they seem simplistic,and idealistic, but what if we all approached everything we did with that question in mind?  What if we operated from a consciously questioning state of mind?  Try it and see if your world transforms.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Year of the Crow -Carved Stamps and dishwashing

Today has been a day full of everything I love- even the dishes were done with love- I do love the warm soapy water and getting the sink cleared- it is very satisfactory to wipe up the counter when it is all finished- but alas there is always another dish I find and the clean counter is no more.
Then I moved onto photographing jewelry and some meditation-
tonight I finished carving an eraser- it has 4 different images and I am selling it on my new etsy shop.

 Tomorrow I will be finishing up some ornaments I started.
Also I have started a new blog with inspired writings I do. It is named The Year of the Crow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Enameling faces-New Studio

A friend of mine and fellow artist Penny McCall called me up the other day and said she was helping a friend clean out her stuff and asked if I wanted her kiln. Duh!!!  And not just one month ago I was telling my Metal clay class how I needed to manifest a burn-out kiln to go with the centrifug I had recently acquired from Syd's Nephew Mike. Since I don't have the rest of the equipment for casting I could use the kiln for enameling.

A client recently ordered a necklace with one of my enamel faces. As I was setting the face in the silver bezel I cracked it!   I took it as a sign that I needed to paint some more faces, and while using the old method of torch firing I had so many mishaps I decided it was time to set up an enamel studio in my garage as the Art Clinic doesn't have enough ventilation being in the basement.

When painting with enamel, you have to layer the paint slowly so building up the face takes about 5 layers that enter the kiln. 
Above is after 3 firings, with the fourth layer ready to put in the kiln. I never know exactly how it will look after the heat.  Red is a tough color as it tends to sink in to the under layer- I am probably using the wrong terms as I am basically self taught in this process.  I have read as much as I could find, and took one class at SBCC Adult ED. and the teacher wasn't talking about painting the sort of detail I wanted.
Here they are out of the kiln, still cooling.
 Now cool, I can see I need to add a few more layers.  Working so small I have to use my magnifiers, and though you cannot see the fine detail  with the naked eye, the effect you do see,the depth created cannot be achieved without layer upon layer of paint.  As with every other art making endeavor, it takes time- I had to make myself go to bed last night as I have to get Ruth off the school in the AM, but I could have painted more!!!

  Of course they look so much better in person as my photos really do not show them off well.

You can tell I am pleased with these little beauties.  I can't wait to get back in the studio!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

art books, moo cards and life

It has been an eventful week- seven days ago I was working on opening a new ETSY shop with crows as my theme.  Then a fellow art friend, Rachel Cane approached Syd and I with a possible space for a store front- a place to sell our art.  It is so exciting, and so much to do.  I feel like I have been moving in full speed for days, and I love it!!!  Meanwhile I made some books from my moo cards.  The images are so nice on the small card, and the moo cards have such a great weight.  They have been whispering for me to make them into little books.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year, New Classes- JJewelry making basics- Felting

Jewelry making 101 Sat. January 28th 10-3pm $45 plus materials
Do you have jewelry projects that need to be finished, but you are unsure of how to proceed? This class focuses on finishing_ what findings to use, how to wire wrap beads, how to make a clasp. I will even teach you how to use a micro torch so can finish wire off with a nice round silver bead.
Other areas covered will be riveting and Keum boo for those interested.
Kuem Boo is an ancient Korean technique for bonding metals, in this case, 24k gold to Fine Silver. If you have taken Metal clay classes with me and have a fine silver piece you can add gold accents to it with this process. I have had requests to teach.
Riveting is a way of making a cold connection (without solder) between two metals.
Supply list:
Jewelry pliers, round nose, chain nose, cutters

A chasing hammer is good too-

For torch work- Micro torches are great.
Fine silver for fusing, 24k gold foil for kuem boo- let me know if you are interested in this as we can order together to get the best price.
Wire for wirewrapping - let me know if you want sterling silver wire and we can order as a group to get the best price.

Barbara Carr is offering a Felting class on Saturday, Feb 18. 10 am- 4 pm. $65. Includes supplies and materials needed.
We will be felting with roving as well as commercial pre-felt making flat felt for a scarf or ...
Soon Carol will be posting about a new journaling class I am putting together- Heart Journals- tools for creating your very best self.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day of the Dead at the Art Clinic

Come to the Art Clinic on Tuesday from 5-7pm and vote for your favorite art piece. Bring a rememberance for the Alter. Food,wine and art activities.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jewelry studio with store front

I finally got a jewelers bench.  I needed a more ergonomic situation especially for sawing as I was sitting too high downstairs in the art clinic proper. This is called a mini bench and it sits on a table I found at a store called "Pink Trash" which is owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters who love to collect stuff.  Sound familiar?  The large drawer under the bench pin is used to collect all metal scraps and dust (silver is sooo expensive to not let any go to waste!!). I found that my saw was hitting the drawer so I use the drawer in the table to collect the silver. 

I've been wanting to work closer to my soldering station which is located on the street level landing and the back entrance of the Art Clinic.  You can see the windows that look out onto a drive that leads to public parking.

The foot traffic has been increasing since Knit Fit an arts and crafts store opened on the corner, Fresco Cafe opened across the parking lot and Art at Sevtap Wine Tasting opened up his business to share the back patio with the Art Clinic. There are people around!!!!  My friend Shelly Niro washed the windows and I painted the walls and moved my studio into the corner, left of the door.  I also painted a peg board to hold my tools.  I collaged and stenciled it as well.  I was afraid it would be too busy for such a tight space, but no--  I absolutely love it!!!
I am slowly creating a storefront to sell the wares made at the Art Clinic.  More photos to follow... if you haven't been to the art Clinic for awhile your in for a surprise.  Come by and say"hi".

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Art and showing art

Last Saturday in Santa Barbara there was an opening for a show called "One Night Stand".  It was a fund raiser for Art From Scrap and I heard it went very well.  Lots of money made for a viable ecological and art education facility.  I was not able to attend as I was sick in bed, not wanting to do anything- a cold caught from my family after attending my family reunion and hanging out with my mom and sisters in San Rafael, CA.
I noticed on the website for Art From Scrap under "The Morning After" heading, that a not so great picture of the piece I entered was up, indicating that my piece did not sell.  I am not too sad about that (lest the hurt to my ego), because I really liked the piece I did, and since the "unveiling" is over I can post a picture here: 

This is a tribute to how I, in the very far past, felt after allowing myself the frivolous encounter of a One Night Stand. 
I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece- something I started in Michael deMeng's class.
And though, in my life I have made choices that have not been to my greatest benefit, I am here to say that life is good, that this moment is an opportunity to make a great choice for me, that I have everything I need, including a fabulous husband, kids and extended family and that I love making art!!!! 

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Metal Clay- Private classes

I have had the pleasure of hosting private parties for classes.  Below are some pictures of  the fantastic creations made. Send me an email- for more information if you are interested in making some incredible jewelry in 99.9% pure silver.

 This is what seven people made in a day class- 2 to 4 pendants each.

(click on photo to get a better look at the silver pieces)

 Thank you guys for all the fun!!!

Michael deMeng teaching at the Art Clinic

I know this was last month (time flies when you are having fun)- but here are some pictures of the creations from the great class we had with Michael deMeng in July. Michael is a fantastic teacher who is very generous with his knowledge and know how, and he is quite entertaining!!!

Pretty Vial Things:

 Cold Blooded Journals:

 Michael and his great and informative critique: