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Anything Can Happen!

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

This Saturday our Village is having a fundraiser to benefit Buddy Baseball. They are selling and auctioning off birdhouses decorated by local artists. Guess who is participating? Yes! Me!

I had an excellent time making up my birdhouse, and hope it’ll do a good job raising money for a worthy program. It is titled “Anything Can Happen” and I made it with the pre-fab birdhouse, some wooden pieces, felt, stuffing, wire, acrylic paint and a piece of aquarium tubing. My Honey helped by drilling the hole for the tubing to go into; power tools are not my forte.

Here’s what it looks like:




Another Small Bird

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

redbreast2.jpgHere is another of the small birds I’ve made. It reminds me of spring!

This should happen more often…

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Well, it would be nice if I posted more regularly. I need to get a handle on that. It seems I get so engrossed in making art that it is easy to forget about blogging it.

I have finished the ketuba (Jewish marriage contract) I was working on. The couple now have it, so I can show you what it looks like.


I’m really happy with the way this piece worked out. It was a lot of meticulous painting, but the gold gouache really sparkles surrounded by the rich green and blue. The couple liked it, too!

I’ve also been working on more birds. I’ve been inspired by spring and decided to try making some smaller-scale birds. This purple and blue bird is one of them. It reminds me of summer evening skies.


Little Bird!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Spring must be on the way. Lately, in the morning, I can hear the birds singing! It seems the birds that overwinter here don’t have much to say until the weather improves. I was thinking about the sounds of sunny days when I made this little bird. Sounds like the breeze blowing, children playing, and the ice cream truck driving down the street and playing a tinkly, tinny version of “Have You Ever Gone A’Fishing” on a constant loop. I was also thinking about how some people have personalities like summer days — sunny, positive and colorful. This bird is much smaller than my recent birds. It’s only 2 1/4″ tall.

Big Birds!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:  I finished these two birds to be juried for a group show.


They are both large-scale pieces (for me, anyways!). The white bird is about 15″ tall, and the blue one is about 22″. The necks are beaded, but the feathers in the body are made of fabric. On the blue bird, I hand-painted the fabric before making the feathers. I’m happy to say that even though I had problems with the first set of legs I made for the blue bird, it is now standing firmly on its own. It was a pain to figure out how to make that happen, but I’m glad I stuck with it!

Stuffing the Bird

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


Well, it’s a new year and time to get back to work! I made new bird legs and cut a new bird body. The old body had been sewn and unsewn so many times, it was looking a bit like a Franken-bird! Plus, this gave me the opportunity to refine the pattern for the body, which had some curves I was not entirely happy with.

Now I’m stuffing it super-firmly. It’s almost time to get the bird’s (new) legs in… There will be much holding of breath around here until that’s done. This part of construction involves lots of hand-sewing. I have a handy needle and pin cushion that looks like a tomato with a baby strawberry hanging off of it. It’s the same pin cushion I’ve had since my mom first taught me to sew, and it’s just like the one she had! It works great, but I do wonder, what’s up with the whole tomato/strawberry thing?

Beautiful Broken Legs

Saturday, December 19th, 2009


Here is the next bird I’m working on. It’s based on a little blue heron, and is the largest bird I’ve attempted so far — it’s about life-sized. The head has been fully beaded, and it’s heavy! I was really pleased with the way the legs came out, but in putting them into the body I’ve managed to completely break them. Aaargh!


Now it’s time to make a new body and some new legs and try again. The really tricky bit will be to weight the body in such a way that the bird will be free-standing and that means counter-balancing the weight of the head.


Monday, December 14th, 2009

I’ll break out the camera and share some work in progress tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a couple sculptures that are currently being shown at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. They are mixed media, with fiber, wire and glass beads which are hand-sewn to the sculptures.