Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Small Collection & Why It's Special

I have a small collection of brown pottery on our mantel.  The tallest piece is from my husband's family, the other two are the special ones, to me anyway.  They are "Uncle John" pots.  I own three of them, these two are from his dinner ware set "Fiestaware."  If you google John Foster, potter you'll find a book about Uncle John, The Pottery of John Foster: Form and Meaning.  You'll also find a current John Foster .... no relation.  .

Uncle John was my mother's uncle, my great uncle.  He was a potter with only one arm and a stump and he made beautiful, fragile porcelain vases and bowls.  He lost an arm in an industrial accident. The book says there are no drawings left that were done before he lost his arm. The book is wrong but I'm not going to tell the publisher.  I have one, a pen and ink that he did of Mother's Scottie.

I remember the first I learned about Uncle John.  I was downtown Detroit with my grandmother.  It was evening and we were walking to or from the bus, I don't remember why we were there but she stopped in front off a gallery window.  There was a row of pottery in the window that she was looking at.   It must have been after shopping because a gentleman came up to her and began chatting with her.  I suspect he was the owner of the gallery or at least worked there.  He was telling her about the pottery that had just won something at some big exhibit.   I was too young to remember those details but not too young to remember my grandmother's response. "Yes, I know, he's my brother-in-law."

"WOW, I'm related to a real artist", was the first thing that went through my young mind.  I was impressed, even more so when I eventually met Uncle John and Aunt Edith.  Aunt Edith was also an artist, a jeweler, and the two of them lived in the back of their studio.  As a teenager I loved to take my grandmother to visit them.

As a youngster my "what I want to be when I grow up" went through changes.  I suppose all children  do but I'm betting there weren't a lot of young girls who dreamt of being a race boat driver. That one lasted quite a long time.  If you Google Don Wilson, raceboat driver you'll learn why I decided that may not be a good option.  Florence Chadwick seemed a better choice.  The third was artist but I didn't think that was attainable.  I knew I could drive a boat -- fast, I know I could swim a long distance.  I didn't know I could be an artist.

But it turns out the third option was the right one.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Today, An Experiment & Perhaps A Valentine

My first coat of paint was a variety of reds and oranges.  You can't see them but they are there.  I let them dry and then a coat of white paint covered all of the red.  I let that dry.  Next I got out a single edge razor blade, an exacto knife and some rubbing alcohol.  I watched a Jane Davies video where she did this and decided to give it a try.  I squirted the piece with the alcohol, scratched with my exacto knife and scraped with my single edge blade.  Fun and I think it can work for a Valentines Day card.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In The Woods With Squirrels

Tuesday Painters painted at Hemlock Crossing today.  I started out trying to catch the posture of the many squirrels that were feeding by the little pond.  Once I had a few of them roughly sketched I decided to put them in their surroundings.  Not exact but close enough to suit me.  It was fun watching them scamper around.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Another Drawing

Day 16 is the ram on my husband's new favorite coffee mug.  Our former daughter-in-law gave it to him, a gift from her trip to Sweden this summer.  She didn't realize that the Ram is the symbol of his birthsign, it just happens to also be the logo of the area her family is from in Sweden.

Day 14 and a new drawing

I'm showing these backwards, day 15 is first.  This is what I did yesterday for the Weekend Drawing Event over at  I need to do more drawing, used to do it every day but somehow got out of the habit and it shows.  So, some of my dailies this month may be drawings.

Day 14 is pretty dark and definatly not finished but I stopped.  Not sure where it's going but I was having fun playing with textures.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Still Playing

This is what I was playing with today; lots of texture.  Just trying different things to see what happens.  I'm setting it aside, may do something to resolve it later but for now, it's done.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today a start

I'm calling this done for now.  It isn't but it is what I did today.  I have no idea where it's going but that's the way it is at times.  I missed a couple days so even though it isn't done I decided to post it and move on to something new tomorrow.