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a friend in the dark

October 31, 2015

2 pump faces

happy halloween    I do hope all of you have a good friend on your path tonight and always.

over 3 months have gone by…….

September 21, 2015

3 months r 1

3 months row 2a

3 months row 3 cather

3 months row 4

3 months row 5

….over 3 months have gone by and things have been fixed, changed, moved, sifted, cleaned and enjoyed.  Alignment seems to be holding for now. Just in time it seems as I have just recently seen a pumpkin.


September 12, 2015

kiln silo 1kiln silo 3

When ever I manage to actually attach my head and align with the universe I always seem to want to test some idea. This is a continuation of many previous experiments with the copper foil sunk into the enamel.  Using the kiln – instead of the torch – I was trying to eliminate one of the fussy steps I had used previously which was sinking the shape into enamel that had already been fused.  This is a very heavy gauge copper base but the image is cut from the thinnest of copper foil. The enamel was sifted on the base ( one coat) and my cut out of the woman was laid on top of the enamel powder. It was in the kiln at 1500 degrees for about 3 min. I wanted the copper to turn a stable black and sink into the enamel which it did. One tiny piece did pop off. This stage is shown in the left photo. I then put on a layer of soft fusing flux to ‘seal’ it.  Depending on its ultimate use I might not do this second step. The photo on the right shows this step. It was in the kiln 3 minutes and the kiln was a bit hotter and it is over cooked – pits and bubbles but to me – added patina. This photo is not great due to the reflection from the glass.  The figure does have a bit more definition than shows here. For me I would now have to etch off the shine and this, I think, would clarify the image even more. So I am thinking this will work for me as I wanted to cut out various images and just lay them on the powdered enamel – cook them up and have some nice black silhouette images. This piece is very small – about 1 1/2 inches tall.

As I like to combine my techniques to get something ‘new’ I might try sinking the wire here too with the silhouette images.

Enamel remains endlessly fun to me!

patti wells – jewelry and clothing

May 20, 2015

patti 1 collage

patti 2 collage

patti 3 collage

Patti Wells  –   Her faultless style and highly developed aesthetic sensibility is effortlessly expressed in each and every piece she creates. It has been my honor and pleasure to have been on the artist’s path with Patti for many years. She inspires me everyday. Thank-you Patti for all that you have so freely shared.



May 4, 2015

kit 2

Awhile back the kitchen was damaged by two big leaks.  Time for repairs and a few changes. I was told once that chaos is the alchemy of truth and beauty. So that will be the focus of the next couple of weeks.

gem show

April 25, 2015

beads j cather

ljb stones

Stones can pull you through the most mysterious and consuming portal of all. In the top photo are my selections and the huge 4.5 inch ancient nigerian agate beads made me buy them because I was unable to release them from my grip. Even now I don’t want them out of my sight. And the draw to the jasper is forever along with the chinese writing stone and the  blue larimar.

The photo below contains my daughter Laura’s choices. There are many here that I beg her never to use or release.

Again mother nature turns on the energy and power. It seems every stone is brimming with creativity, possibility, adventure and wonder. The day, the week, the month, and the year just got a million times more fun.

one more thought

April 18, 2015

jane cather boat paintingpainting by jane cather

Here is a follow up thought to my last post on social media – There really is a ton of stuff out there on the internet and in books etc about how to do all of it ( and everything else) and when one starts through it all to try to get something going it can be entirely overwhelming. This is the path I try to follow if it is of help to another. EVERYTHING ‘out there’ is energy. We really are what we think and do create our life with these thoughts. I have my own personal path and flow. It is created from a center that I hold and is heart guided. When one creates anything you are hooked up to the life force of the universe and all of these rules and ideas don’t exist anywhere. Now it seems the challenge will be to bring this truth of yourself across in this new electronic way. Keeping my focus centered as I move along these paths always helps me choose what will be next. All the wisdom guides say to follow your energy. What makes you really excited?  What are you attracted to the most? Even if it is not on someone ‘s ‘list ‘of the best and right things to do for yourself do it anyway if your heart leads you there. The heart energy can never be wrong.  There will always be millions of so called ‘serious’ ways to proceed and serious considerations riding on your back and often put in your ear by those around you. The culture does not support following intuition, heart or energy as a guide for business, but when a person flows with this kind of focused energy they can create an amazing path for themselves.

If I could not use what I call ‘hearflow’ to make my choices I would not have any idea of how to pick out from all the things in the world that are supposed to be’ right’ and ‘work out’ well.

You are captain of the ship.  Happy sailing!

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