April Showers

I find as an artist I am never really satisfied with one outlet for my creativity so over the years I have turned my hand, mind and eye to a number of creative pursuits.  The one I had the most fun with and made a bit of money too was photography.  It’s been awhile since I have picked up the camera for the pure enjoyment of taking photos.  Now it is to take photos of product to put on my website.

My plan today was to take is some spring air and get out of the office and studio for a day but alas it is raining.  Now don’t get me wrong I love the rain and it can make some interesting pics with all those spots on the lens but I think I will wait for another day.

So I have poured a cup of coffee and am going through some of my old photos when I was fascinated with macro photography.  So here a few things from my photography days.

More to come in later posts on the next rainy spring day.

Anticipation

Anticipation

Almost there

Almost there

Intruder Alert

Intruder Alert

A pollen shower

A pollen shower

Ladybug bath

Now don’t panic when you look at this photo.  That’s not a bottle of insecticide in that spray bottle.  But these little clay ladybugs do have to go through an alcohol bath to remove any residue and oils that may be on the clay after firing.  It also helps the varnish “stick” to the clay.  Once they are dry they will get three coats for varnish.  I will post more pictures to show the process of how these pendants go together.  Wish I had more time to type today but I am going to take advantage of the spring weather and get outside.  Cheers.

Ready for the next stage of production

Ready for the next stage of production

Ladybug Ladybug it’s almost spring

Well it’s now spring and wouldn’t you know it it’s snowing outside.  So I sat in front of a lump of black clay until it spoke to me.  And it cried out ladybug.  So that is what is now firing in the oven.  Eight cute little ladybug pendants.  Four in blue and four in red.  Yes there are blue ladybugs.  One species is commonly known as the Steelblue Ladybug introduced to New Zealand from Australia in 1899 to 1905.  There are over 300 different kinds of ladybugs in North America and they come in a variety of colours, red, orange, blue, yellow, white and pink.  So if these little fellows turn out after firing I may just have to make the whole range of colours.

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

See what a little bit of colour can do

See what a little bit of colour can do

And then the spots

And then the spots