Monday, April 25, 2011
|The queen was a pretty polar bear!|
|The Jack had to be a rabbit!|
|And this dancing elephant I made|
out of polymer clay was a perfect
The land was extremely fertile and rain was plentiful. The inhabitants all shared a love of growing fruits, vegetables, and especially flowers. Each of the Kingdoms had one particular flower which they were know for and cultivated to share with the rest of the world. Great ships would come to the shores to trade for the plants and bulbs so prized by those not fortunate enough to live on Terre des Fleures.
The inhabitants of the Kingdoms realized that if they worked together sharing gardening secrets and knowledge gained through years of weather observations, that all on the Isle would prosper……..and so they did.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Can you just imagine my surprise when my mailbox had a wonderful unexpected box inside with my name on it! My friend Debbie, who lives in Richmond, made wonderful gifts for Rocky, Cleo, and me and sent them our way. Debbie is a fabulous needle worker and her gifts included a crocheted bunny for me and knitted snakes for Rocky and Cleo. I don't know who was more excited!! I must say that most of the photos I took of the kitties playing with their new treasures were a blur! These little snakes are just wonderful. The kitties grab them up and toss them about and then chase them all over the place.
Friday, April 15, 2011
So now I have cut the door and windows out of the little bears' tree house! You can see the very basic tools used for this operation - knife and cookie cutter! Shortly after this photo, I affixed the door - slightly open - back into the house, using the holes for the windows to adjust it and secure with a strip of clay. My hands were too muddy to take up my camera during this operation. Now the waiting, and careful drying under varying layers of plastic, begins!
Spring has sprung here in Virginia and we are all thrilled here at the Griffin house - two legged inhabitants, four legged, and those tiny ones who dance in the moonlight!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"Art is what you make it" - a wonderful statement for the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia, where it's such a joy to go and make art surrounded by friends in the studios there. I took the dogwood photos out the window of the clay studio where I'm preparing more "tree houses" for my little bears for the upcoming show in Philadelphia.
Then I turn the "tree" upright and slip out the form. After it dries for about a week, covered by plastic so that it won't dry out to quickly, I'll cut the door and windows for the tree house. I'll post those photos as the tree house progresses! I'm actually making a few of these houses in different sizes to use in the forrest scene where my little bears will be playing for my table for the show! I hope you'll enjoy following along with their construction!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Jason came for a visit over the weekend and he and I enjoyed a day of shopping and a movie on Saturday. As we started across the James River Bridge on our way home, a storm was brewing.
If you'll notice in this photo, the tower which holds the power lines looks like it is dancing in the rain storm. That effect is just a result of the motion of the car and the not-so-fast shutter speed of my iPhone. I heard this morning that the next iPhones will have an 8 megapixel camera on board. Wow! That certainly won't replace my Nikon, but it will be great to have in my pocket!