Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ginny Piech Street at Etsy

I've opened up a shop at Etsy.com I have a small number of items. More will follow. Check it out:

Lack Of Activity

I've noticed lately that a lot of people, that includes ME, have been somewhat dormant. Is it laziness, boredom, lethargy . . .

I know I haven't been in the studio for fun for a looooooonnnng time. My excuses?

The place is a mess.

It's cold outside.
Which shouldn't really matter except that 1. I get "dormant" when it's cold outside and perhaps more importantly 2. My studio is a screened in carport, a lovely space really, but cold when it's cold. And then I get dormant and no way am I going out there to straighten up when it's cold.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Creative Every Day

I've decided to take the challenge set up by Creative Every Day, a blog I discovered over the holiday break. Essentially she's challenging you to at least blog several times a week to share how you've met the challenge of being creative on a daily basis. You can check it out HERE as well as in the sidebar. I've also listed Creative Every Day under the blogs I follow. Let's see how it works.

You may consider this one of my resolutions. I am, however working on some REALLY BIG ones. If all goes well and if I'm courageous enough, this may be a REALLY FUN year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Bizarre Place to Purchase Gifts!

Holiday Gift Bizarre at the ArtBank!
This is the place to do your Holiday shopping!!
More Info Here

More From The Studio

Autumn In The Tree Farm
Miniature, around 2" x 5"

Le Gardin
Miniature, Around 1.5" x 3"
Into The Bamboo
Approximately 9" x 10"

Indian Summer
Approximately 28" x 24"

New Works From The Studio

The following pieces of art are all small, around 4" to 5" in size and about 3/4" thick. They are priced for today's gift market at $65. They may be purchased at Picture Perfect Gallery in downtown Fort Pierce, FL.
Crick Darters

Gaynelle & Verlene Play Ball

Hangin' Out Over The Edge
The Brainiacks

Wha' Chu Lookin' At?!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Mud Show Diaries

Because of my friends Lucky Eddie and Miss Vickie, I've started following "The Mud Show Diaries", a blog about life on the road in a small traveling circus. This circus is the Kelly Miller Circus.

Following this large extended family appeals to me because of my vagabond years as a cruising sailor. When we go to the circus, we are entertained, we enjoy, we go home. Rarely do we think about how life is on the road, who puts up the tents, how are the monumental logistics of moving something this big every day accomplished. Who are the people who make up this mud show?

Valérie Berta Torales gives us an eloquent picture of those very things, plus life on the road with a young family. This is a must follow.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

With an inspiring view like this . . .

I got some creative time in during my visit to Eleuthera.
90% of the materials used in these creations was found on the beach. Gotta love it, a veritable supermarket of art materials!

My friend Carol and I collaborated on some.

I did some others.

Carol made these ceramic heads in Peru.
I made these "Bahama Heads" with the Peru Heads!

We fed our souls.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pet Portraits


No title required . . .

Photos taken by my good good friend (way back from college) Meg.

Thank you Meg, for a wonderful visit . . .

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If this is so . . . then . . .

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... "cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

-from Wanderer by Sterling Hayden

I'm ready!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Primio Meme Award

I've won my first blog award! It's the Primio Meme Award, given to me by Diantha Harris. Check it out at her blog, Living Your Potential. She also has a wonderful website called Life Potentials. On this site you will learn how Akashic Records, Color and Feng Shui can help you achieve your life's potential.

The rules of this award say I am to state 7 facts about myself and then give this to 7 people. And, as Diantha says, "Such a fun way to bring more awareness to other blogs!"

Here are my 7 facts about myself:
  1. I'm always up for learning and trying new things. And adventure. I was so disappointed to not be on the Kon Tiki with Thor Heyerdahl.
  2. I have 6 cats by various defaults, all of them involving my daughter. I love them all. (I love my daughter, too!)
  3. I lived on a sailboat for 11 years and am currently working toward acquiring another one, Pearson Triton, older model, close to Florida. Anyone hear of one, let me know!
  4. I grew up in the Midwest and had an "Opie Taylor/Leave It To Beaver" childhood.
  5. In one of my former lives, I was blind.
  6. If I could I would live in a house with no walls, where the interior meets nature unencumbered. My next big project will be to build a home that is totally off the grid.
  7. I love color, vibrant, vivid, life-encompassing color.
Which is one of the many reasons Diantha and I are friends.

My 7 people are:
  1. Linda at Lime In The Coconut - a beautifully orchestrated blog with poetic text and mouth watering images.
  2. The Mud Show Diaries - a wonderfully written blog by Valerie Berta Torales that documents life on the road in a Mud Show (Circus). This particular circus, The Kelly Miller Circus, is owned by John Ringling North. Through Valerie's eyes, I am learning what life on the road is like for my friends, Miss Vickie and Luckie Eddie, who ran away to the circus in mid-life. What adventurers! It gives a whole new perspective to the grueling schedule of a small circus traveling across America. It will be enlightening.
  3. Art By The River - A blog by friend and fellow artist Julie. She has given me many words of wisdom about things beyond art.
  4. Pearson Triton #680 - About the restoration of one of my favorite sailboats!
  5. Wooster Collective - An amazing collection of street art, gives you a whole new perspective on graffiti.
  6. Fabulon - For an edgier perspective. Great bits of the 50's, 60's and 70's among sumptuous and provocative imagery.
  7. Art Mundo - The latest major project I've been honored to be involved in with three other amazing women: Allie Comer, Sherry Horton and Deena Wynne. Check it out. And if you're in the area of Fort Pierce, Florida, come check us out. We've come a long way in a year and soon Art Mundo, A Center for Creative Expression at The ArtBank (our physical location) will be offering a full fall compliment of classes and workshops. We also will be developing our outreach program for the community plus artist opportunities and exhibitions. So, visit the blog often to keep in touch with what Art Mundo is up to.
And these are my 7 picks.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Closet Art

This is a closet in Art Mundo's ARTBANK space.
Loving small spaces, I realized this would be
the perfect on-site studio for me.
So I rented it!

Here it is now, with my preliminary set up.
I'm positive it will evolve as I utilize my studio
away from home.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More Bronze

Two last photos of the bronze casting series.

This photo is out of context.
This is actually the first part of the process.  
These forms are wax images of the original prototype sculpture.
They have been dipped several times in the slurry.
The yellow forms will become white after the wax
has been melted out and they have been baked.
The flared base is actually the cup into which the bronze is poured.

The forms in front are over sized roses for
a sculpture that Pat is currently creating.
These will be in the next pour.
Because of  the strange green-glowing flowers and organic shapes,
the wax room looks like some alien greenhouse "en Provence"!

This is a finished bronze from the pour in the last post.
The head shape can be seen in several of the photos in that post.
This bust was cast in 3 pieces, then welded back together and fine tuned.
The patina (surface color) is added.
The sculpture is waxed and ready to go.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bronze Casting

The amazing and mysterious world of bronze casting!

This photo series is from last week at Shadetree Studio, a local fine art foundry/studio owned and operated by artist Pat Cochran.  I've mentioned him before.  He's the same artist who created the recycled sculpture a few posts ago.  Pat is a prolific artist whose sculptures grace the Treasure Coast landscape.

The furnace is fired up and the bronze ingots are pre-heating.

Pat places an ingot into the crucible
through the hole in the top of the furnace.

Suiting up.  

Skimming impurities from the surface of the molten bronze.

The molds, pre-heating to around 1400 degrees F.

The molds have been covered with sand.
This helps keep them hot until they are filled with bronze.
The tinfoil covers keeps the sand out of the molds. 

Removing the crucible from the furnace. 

Pouring the bronze into the molds.

Pouring the molten bronze, close up.
The bronze is approximately 2200 degrees F.

The molds after they have been filled.  At this point
the bronze has already solidified, but is still red hot. 

Replacing the crucible into the furnace for the next pour of the day.

Carrying the very hot molds out to the cool down area.
While the bronze is no longer red hot, it still is too hot
to handle directly.

Cooling down.
Still VERY hot, the molds will cool down more
before the shell is knocked off the bronze.

I love watching a bronze pour and consider myself lucky
to have had the opportunity numerous times.
 I think the big draw for me is that unbelievable molten 
metal that is the most indescribable orange.  

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Living Your Potential

I'd like to announce a new blog by my friend Diantha Harris.  It's called Living Your Potential.  Check it out.  She offers helpful information for a harmonious, satisfying life.  I hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Art Mundo

A new addition to the blogging world.  Allie Comer, Deena Wynne, Sherry Horton, and I comprise the founding members of Art Mundo.  Check out our blog to find out more about us and keep updated on Art Mundo's activities and offerings.