Clay of the Day–horse head sculpture given a fine finish

I just got the coolest email from a happy art buyer. This person bought one of my larger horse head sculptures last year at the Chatham Studio Tour.

I sculpted these horse heads from a slab, like most of my clay work. Roll it out with a rolling pin and slap it around a bit, then fold, crease, pinch and shape. These horse heads were made to sit upright…but I didn’t take it any further than that.

The client’s very clever husband did, though. He made a marble base and attached the sculpture to it. How fine is that?!

horse scupture , marble suppot added!!

Here are the other larger (10″ or so) horse heads I have in the studio:

horse heads larger, dark and light horses head, big blaze

all large horse heads

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My Work in People’s Houses–a collection of pet portraits

A former neighbor contacted me this summer about doing a surprise pet portrait for his wife. I don’t do that many portrait commissions these days, but this was a young couple who we’d known for several years and through several pets. He sent me a pictures of their collection. I was surprised at the number and very pleased to see the group and remember all those dogs!

brian and kristen collection

a larger horse watercolor (acrylic ink)

a larger horse watercolor (acrylic ink)

This is what I added to their group this Fall:

Taj watercolor portrait--Downs comm

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A pause in this blog for health drama, (not travel–boo!) bummer all!

I was getting ready to go see my photographer, Jason Dowdle, Blue Sky Digital Photographyin Snow Camp last week. I’d made an appointment and we were set. But then, some health drama bloomed up in my body instead, and I will be steeping back for the next few weeks to treat what looks to be a cancer recurrence in my body after 9 years squeaky clean.

So, in case of a sweet return to some kind of normal in a couple months, I’ll be bringing these big pieces to Jason to be photo’d and we’ll go from there. Take care, y’all!

big dove

big dove

scotland sisters

scotland sisters

the seascape 60x48

the seascape 60×48

big robins

big robins

36 x 60 bar harbor blooms

36 x 60 bar harbor blooms

Ciao!

Shannon

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This Saturday–Reception at the Museum of Natural Sciences–for me!

My exhibit of watercolor and acrylic paintings of deer, (beautiful, graceful, beloved and maddening, garden munchers that they are) is on the walls this month of the Nature Art Gallery, upstairs in the Gift Shop of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

The reception is this Saturday, 2 – 4pm.

Deer by Lake Deer By Stream Deer in Forest Long Doe

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Clay of the Day–Meta Hedgehog Done and Boston Flowers –next!

before....

before….

meta hedgehog

meta hedgehog–after!

clay tiles slipped and drying--Boston Flowers Series

clay tiles slipped and drying–Boston Flowers Series

clay tiles slipped and drying---Boston  Flowers series

clay tile slipped and drying—Boston Flowers series

Bird Nest tile, slipped but still to be fired

Bird Nest tile, slipped but still to be fired

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