Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nubian Goat – Ceramic Sculpture

I was dusting today…rather than making art. I have also been thinking about which direction I should go next with my art.

Now that I have this sculpture all cleaned up I decided to share it on my blog. 
This is a sculpture of our first goat Olivia. She was a Nubian goat. They are my favorite breed.
Nubians are very personable, but probably least tolerant of winter weather. Their long ears get cold easily.
A happy goat is either eating or chewing their cud.
The clay was high fired and then I painted it with washes of acrylic paint. The sculpture is about 12” long.
Time to get back to cleaning…

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Metaphor Alchemy–Etsy Shop in Reality



Time to get organized!

This is the back corner of my basement. Soon to be the dedicated space for the items in my Etsy shops - Metaphor Alchemy, RAEvN’s Nest and RAEvN’s Treasures.

RAEvN’s Nest is my shop featuring art created by myself.

RAEvN’s Treasures is my thrift shop.

Metaphor Alchemy is my shop dedicated to mostly antique tools and components for your artistic creations.

Three shops is too many for me to keep up with, but unless I figure out a better system it will stay this way.


Here is my newly organized shipping center. The library cabinet fit perfectly on the shelf so it will be used to store and organize small items for my shops.


Here is a metal storage cabinet for packing material, padded envelopes and USPS boxes. This is what I have done so far.

Time to get back to organizing!

Or take a nap…

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bleeding Hearts Sketchbook Watercolor Study



My favorite flowers. A watercolor study in my sketchbook with colored pencils. After seeing it on my blog draft…I think that I need a bit of pink someplace on the background.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Winner of The Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop

And the winner of the Sketchbook Challenge blog hop is:
Lisa Chin
(A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse)

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Blog Hop is Here Today!

Today I am hosting the blog hop to celebrate the release of the book THE SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE of which I am a contributing artist.

The book is available here:

My prize, donated from generous Mistyfuse, to be awarded to some lucky participant is:
From Mistyfuse ( A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet. Total retail value: $48!

For a chance to win simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will close the comments at 10pm on July 6 (comments extended to July 8) and choose a winner using the random generator. I will then write a blog post announcing the winner. Comments are closed at 116.

Are you wondering how to use Mistyfuse? Leslie Tucker Jenison has and excellent tutorial here:

To see how a message from a fortune cookie inspired a journal page see my previous post here:

The Sketchbook Challenge Book blog hop is sponsored by:
ArtPlantae Today
Sue Pelland Designs
The Artist Cellar
The Blog Hop schedule (I would recommend stopping by all of these blogs, even if their prize has already been won, lots of wonderful inspiration!)
June 26:
June 27:
June 28:
June 29:
July 2:
July 3:
July 5:
July 6:
July 9:
July 10:
Kelli Nina Perkins:

Fortune Cookie Inspired Journal Page – Seahorse


My journal page from yesterday 7–1-2012. I just notice that I dated it July 31, hmmm….

A fortune cookie was the inspiration for this journal page.

The fortune cookie reads You will soon be crossing warm waters for a fun vacation. I looked in an old atlas for a place that had "warm waters". The coast of California looked like a "fun" place that I would like to "vacation". I collaged a portion of the coast of California with the claim ticket and fortunes from my take-out meal. The next challenge for me was to decide what to draw. My first thought was a turtle but I couldn't find a picture in my picture file that I liked. Since I wanted to sketch outside I didn't want to use my computer for a reference.

A picture of a seahorse caught my eye. In the description it said that they live in "warm waters". I used colored pencils to draw the Seahorse. I like colored pencils for collage work because you can vary the amount of imagery (In this case a map) that you allow to show through. The armour plates covering the Seahorse’s body was difficult to replicate. Then I painted a wash of raw umber and pthalo blue Golden Fluid Acrylics.

Now that I see the above journal page posted, I feel that I need to go back and add some more journaling and finishing touches.

Finished journal page below!