Sunday, May 1, 2016

"I am a Garden Growing"

                                                             "I am a Garden Growing".  
 I'm not sure where this idea came from, as it was created in pure inspiration, and just took me along for the ride.  I found the 1/2 gourd in my stash and pulled out the mosaic mirror tiles in the colors of the chakra system. Such beautiful color!
Then I sculpted her face and created her cap in the crown chakra colors.  I like to paint my faces white....not sure why, but it has something to do with representing the mask we all wear.

Rumbling around in my supply closet ( that spans 40 years of collecting ) I found these wonderful glass flowers and leaves, probably from a chandelier dating from the 1800's.  I am noticing that it has been hard for me to use some of my collected treasures, so I am now making a conscious effort to use everything that I have collected, instead of saving it...for what!  So I added flowers  & leaves to the edges of the gourd and thus she became a Garden Growing....bright with color, energy and intention.

 The trim that lines the edges of the gourd, and around the base is also from the late 1800's. The wooden base is decoupaged with handwritten French sheet music....found on one of my trips to Paris.
Her arms were sculpted and dressed with antique gold metallic lace, which I also have kept for years and years.  It's so beautifully handmade.  What ballgown did this lace adorn? What aristocratic lady danced beneath the moon, with the lace of her sleeves glistening?  I love to think of the story and the energy that these bits and pieces of treasure hold.
I adhered handwritten French letters, from the 1800's, onto the gourd and then covered them with skeleton leaves.

I added the little gold netting across her eyes...also to show a bit of mystery. 
The final touches are the Swarovski rhinestones which are added all over her headpiece and everywhere else I could put them.  I love the added light that they bring.
"I am a Garden Growing"

Saturday, February 27, 2016


"Abundance"  17.6 " tall.  Polymer clay, apoxie sculpt, antique lace and netting, sea shells, rhinestones.

                                                                 19 little baby bunnies

                                                          So much fun to create..... :) 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Rabbit emerges....

When I was around 12 years old,  my dad brought home to me a 4 ft tall flocked, styrofoam rabbit....dressed in crinoline full skirts, with a huge parasol.  It was wonderful and charming and whimsical.  When I first started doing art work, Rabbits were what I created.
Rabbit Princes, in all shapes and sizes....1, 2, 4, 5 ft tall.
 The above rabbit was a soft sculpture...painted and costumed.
 A four ft tall Rabbit Prince....with lots of antique fabrics and nature's bounty.
 A Rabbit embellished with mosaic shards and sea shells....
 I called this piece.."Wonderland Lies Within".  It was created using a gourd, cut so that you could lift the torso off, and find Alice standing within.

So I work to find my rhythm and momentum again, another rabbit is showing up.
The  name that comes to me for this piece is "Abundance".   :)

Sculpted from polymer clay and apoxie sculpt, I used a conch shell for her body, and a smaller conch shell to hold the abundance of babies on her back.  I covered her with French printed papers, and added a crackle glaze.   Today....hmmm...embellishment begins. :)

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Aloha is the word for "hello" and for "goodbye".   We are saying goodbye to Hawaii, for now.
And heading back to the green hills of Sebastopol.  From one paradise to another.  Hello!
We live on a 7 acre property in Northern California, that we share with two of our three daughters and their families.  5 of our 7 grand daughters live here, with lots of energy. 
There are 3 houses on this property....a big one, a medium one, and a little cottage where we live.
 It's just about 650 sq ft, nestled among the giant redwood trees.  I love coming home to Sebastopol.
Even though it's only mid February, spring is singing her song! 
The yellow acacia trees are brilliant in their bloom....the daffodils are everywhere, along with the wild mustard and yellow sour grass blossoms. 
Bright yellow against the apple green grass.
The flowering plum blossoms are heart stopping!  When my children were small, we would make a game of calling and counting what they called the popcorn trees...pinks and whites everywhere, along with the beautiful pink flowering magnolia blossoms.
This morning, on our deck, their blossoms fell like snow flakes......Beauty abounds!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kai Mana Orb "Within"
Kai Mana Orbs are created from coconut shells & shards that I find on the beach in Hawaii. The shapes are wonderfully random and very inspiring. After cleaning and drying them, I take them into the studio and embellish with found objects, sea shells, crystals and beads.
I call them Kai Mana Orbs because the name for the sea in Hawaiian is "Kai"....the word for power is "Mana". "Orb" is defined as a noun, as a celestial body... and as a verb, to encircle or enclose. These coconut shards are powerful in the vibrations of nature that they hold and that they contain. The power of the Palm Tree, strong against the trade winds, as it bends and never breaks. The power of the Sea....with thunderous winter waves, gentle summer seas....the Kai Mana Orbs carry this power...a celestial orb on the earth's shore. If you have a moment, read more about this Mana Orb in my Etsy shop.

Available for purchase in my Etsy Shop......Along with sweet aloha.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mana Orb

I love creating Mana Orbs.  Walking along the beach, there are broken coconut shells to be picked up...each one a wonderful and intriguing shape.  Each one comes out so different.  I call them Mana Orbs because Mana means "power" in Hawaiian....and I know these shells hold the power of the sea...the power of inspiration....and the power of creation.   I'll put this one on Etsy

Aloha  :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kawela Bay time

We've been here about 10 days now and we pinch ourselves every we return to Kawela Bay.  We've lived here almost 20 years  and it never stops filling our senses and our spirits.
Now is the time when the yellow flowering trees burst into bloom.  Aren't they amazing!  Hawaii has the most beautiful flowering trees.  Purple ones, red ones, yellow ones, pink and orange...big beautiful blossoms.
I've got a good handle on the work I had to do to get everything back in order since we had been gone now it's studio time!
This studio space is so wonderful!  It's up on a second story, with two large double sliding doors that look out over Kawela Bay.  The light is happy and bright and there's something about being up high that feels expansive to me.   So I've cleaned I'm ready to begin.  On what, I do not know. :)