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#Artist’s Life: Spring

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#Artist’s Life: Spring

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As you know, I Love paper!  I really get a thrill from making mini Piano Hinge scrapbooks like the one on the bottom of the photo.  I make all of the frames, tags, pockets, all sorts of stuff and the Bower Bird in me just has to add a whole bunch of sparkly items as well.

The larger ones are going to be my “look books” to take along when I create outdoors when they are finished.  They will contain photos of my available Art and Jewelry Items.

I saw an episode of how to make “Piano Hinge Scrapbooks” on Scrapbook Soup  which featured Joe Rotella as seen in this DIY youtube vid and I was hooked!  Julie McGuffee is the best host!

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This Spring has been super busy!  I enjoyed going to Ripley’s Aquarium earlier on and of course took lot’s of photos for future paintings.  I also barely averted this catastrophe!

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I would like to share two publications that my artwork has been featured in.

Inkwell Workshops  with co-founder Kathy Freidman put together their 2nd annual compilation of Poetry and Art .  They chose my piece “Resistance” as the front cover–so elated!  The Launch is this June 21st so save the date!

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In partnership with Workman Arts  Issue #2 “The City a place of acceptance or adversity?” On Line Publication has been released. Kudos to Mike Baichoo for putting this together!  They chose two pieces that I created for the front and back covers: “The Mighty Vibrance” and “Encroachment: The City of Life”.

I will end my Spring with this:

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Bower Bird in Action!

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Ahhh…Blood Python Vertrabrae beaded earrings ethically sourced from the Toronto Zoo in Canada (Nope…these are not aloud to be shipped internationally!)

Not my usual Bower Bird flashy item, but can’t resist anything boney and fossily!

Used my favorite Jade…Yellow Flake…I think of it as the Moonstone of Jades.  There’s the flash lol!

All you Crystal followers out there…yes, will be doing my “All about Crystal” report very soon…top of my list!  And Baby Ugly will be back with a new instalment explaining the actual link between Ghosts and Garnets.  See you as soon as I get there!

 

On Being A Bower Bird

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On Being A Bower Bird

I thinks this will really be my blog.  On being a Bower Bird.  And what is a Bower Bird you may ask?  Well….it’s a bird from somewhere in South America (I think…I will have to check that out later) that is creative and artistic to attract it’s mate and to deter it’s adversaries.  It uses visual trickery to entice it’s female counterparts.

By foreshortening the visual impact of the depth of it’s bower, or nest, it creates the illusion of a vast, expansive bird mansion–but in reality it is actually not as large as it appears.

Because I am blind in one eye I have no depth perception, visually I am not so interested in this aspect of being a bower bird.  However I love shiny, colorful and sparkly objects just as much if not more than any bower!  Objects may not distract me visually, but mentally and emotionally they do the job.

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Birds on Barbed Wire Mixed Media on Canvas