Merry Christmas Everybody

Here’s hoping you and your families experience all the joys of Christmas that will carry through to a healthy, prosperous 2010.

Day of longboarding

Above is the painting I did last Sunday for the annual paint out at Cas En Bas Beach. It is oil 13”x 18” The next one belongs to Lyn Bristol-Martial in acrylic.

7 th Annual I.P.A.P paint out

The Lucian Plein Air Group Joined joined the International Plein Air Painters in their annual paint out. Eight persons converged on the sands of Cas En Bas Beach to document the beauty of the area. St. Lucia Art & Craft Co-operative with the assistance of member Alcina Nolley, organizes occasional painting days in which any interested local painter may participate. Participating were: Talitha Horn, Lyn Bristol-Martial, Nicole Edgecomb, Kenneth Lawrence, Alcina Nolley, Lou Boulter, Alwyn Joseph, Donna Spencer, and Cecil Fevrier. We are now taking suggestions for a location of the next paint out scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2009.  

Sunset Wedding

I was glad to play a part in joining two lives in holy matrimony today. I made their rings by combining fine silver sheet and silver clay. At first they thought about plain silver rings, but I have had some symbolic designs ready for such an occasion. Here her ring has a negative, recessed area and his ring has a raised ridge that fits the recess. I hope Kimberly and Cameron have as many happy years together as my husband and I have had. We will celebrate our 49th anniversary in December.

Sorting and sifting enamels

Sifting enamel powder is important for two reasons. One is to get rid of the fine dust that is present. This fine dust will obscure the clarity of transparent enamels. The second reason is just as important. Using enamel grains that are of equal size allows you to apply an even, thin layer of enamel to your object. They lie next to each other in a perfect grid. This is important especially when applying enamels to a three dimensional object. When the grains are of equal size they will distribute them selves evenly and if liquid is also present, the natural water tension holds the enamel grains in place. In the photo above is my sorting jar. I used a jewelry saw to cut out the bottom of six of the sections. One section was left intact to catch the enamels. I glued various sizes of mesh to each jar and labeled it accordingly. The glue has darkened over the years, and shows up as brown color. In the bottom photo you can see a penny in the jar to help force the powder through the mesh. You can sift though which ever mesh you wish. 60 mesh enamels are good for applying to tubing when making beads. 200 or 325 mesh enamels are good to ensure clear, transparent effects. I do the sifting with a cover on the top, so that the dust is contained.

A Day Of Painting at the Beach

Lucia Plein Air Painters invite any painters and photographers in St. Lucia to join in the 7th annual PAINT OUT scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2009. we will start at 9 am and continue until every one is satisfied with their output. The location is Cas En Bas Beach. Please bring your family and picnic lunch to make this a full day of comradeship as well as painting. The photo above is of the participants in 2008 at the Castries Fisheries. They are the Krone family, Peggy Jackson, Alcina Nolley, Jacqueline Atherly, Talitha Horn and Cecil Fevrier.

A Charming Collection

One of the highlights of the MCWC (Metal Clay World Conference) held in July at the Hilton Indian Hills Resort, was the exchange of charms. The following charms have been identified to the best of my knowledge. Please tell me if changes are to be made. Thank you all for participating in the charm swap. It was a lot of fun to see all of your work. They are labeled from left to right. After all are identified, I will add them to a file on the metal clay list. Picture One 1. Alex Daini 2. Tina Degreef 3. Karen Tande 4. Ota Yhteytto 5. 6. Tami Morrison 7. Tracey Spurgin Picture Two 1. 2. Marge Bardoczi 3. Marilyn Cook 4. Jeannette Le Blanc 5. Jen Lowe 6. Linda Gaughran Picture Three 1. Judi Haupin 2. Carol Hamilton 3. Bronwen Evans 4. Judi Weers 5. Cinda Holst 6.Bernadette Denoux Picture Four 1. Anita Purcell 2. Sandra Graves 3. K. Villenneuve 4. Deb Wojnarowski 5. Picture Five 1. Alcina Nolley 2. Terri Wright 3. Laurie Yoder 4. Lyle Rayfield 5. Pam East 6. Sandra Butchko Picture Six 1. Leslie Messam 2. Lynda Cheney 3. Jackie Truty 4. Diane Parson 5. Dinah Bourdon 6. Ann & Stan Kasier Picture Seven 1. Chris Brooks 2. Susan Shahinian 3. David Messam 4. 5. Toni Bagala 6. Jewelyn Vanoni Picture Eight 1. 2. Tami Morrisson 3. Whole Necklace I lost two that I know of – one was the worry bird and the other was turquoise polyclay with silver clay. Lisa Palvelka’s mirror couldn’t be attached.

Two days of jewelry making

My four students and I had a great two days this past weekend. I had a hard time picking which pieces to show off on the blog. They used every bit of their 50 grams of fine silver to magnificent ends. They had a chance to set a stone, incorporate glass, make a hollow piece, make a ring, stamp textures and use leaves for imaging, You’re invited to join in on the next class!

My painting for today

Anyone happen to know the real name of this beauty? This is a large vine in my courtyard. It has these long pods with yellow petals coming out of the end. I’ve heard it referred to as the penis plant. I looked that up on the web, and it’s a different plant.

Jewelry class is Full

Five lucky people will be adding new jewelry pieces to their jewelry box after attending my class on June 20 & 21. If anyone else is still interested write to me and if there are enough students I’ll add another weekend. The mango leaf pendants above, ( made from leaf fragments ) are another example of what you may make in the class!