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In August I finished the work on a Career Development Fellowship Grant I received from the MN Region 2 Arts Council. My project was to study, and learn to work with different metals, and try different methods than those I was already doing. I learned how to braze with a torch; anneal, hammer, and form non-ferrous metals, and methods for cleaning, and texturing them. I tried out various adhesives, patinas, and finishing products. Also tried out some forge work with steel, mig welding Stainless Steel, and Aluminum, and many other things — too many to list them all! There is SO much to learn, I will be continuing to discover new things for years to come. Many thanks to mentors Wanda Odegard, Roger Loyson, and Paula Jensen who worked with me, and shared their knowledge.

I had an exhibit to share with the community what I had learned and the sculptures created during my grant project. It was fun to talk to people about all the new things I have been doing. I will share a few images from that evening:

Here is the exhibit just after setting it up, awaiting the opening.

Here is the exhibit just after setting it up, awaiting the opening.

A few of the pieces on display:

Here is my favorite piece that I worked on — it took the longest but also used many of my new skills to create it, and was a chance to put several different metals together in one piece:

"Over and Under -- Where Two Worlds Meet" Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Wood, Patinas, Lexan

“Over and Under — Where Two Worlds Meet”
Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Wood, Patinas, Lexan

I have many more ideas brewing — I’ll share more when I can.

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So quickly we slipped into Fall! The colors are peaking here as I write this, and the weather has been beautiful. I have been busy in the studio, Painting, Teaching and Cleaning for the Studio Cruise, which is coming soon!  I finished my raccoon painting, which I will soon put into a step-by-step slideshow for you to enjoy. Here is a quick snapshot of it:

"Mischief Maker" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas 24"x24"

I have been teaching a drawing course at the Bemidji Boys and Girls club — we had our fourth session today.  It is fun to work with the kids and see them apply the lessons in their art. We hope to have an exhibit of some of their pieces at the end of the course. Next week we have off, as I will be in Wisconsin taking a Watercolor Workshop from Karlyn Holman. I am looking forward to the challenges she will present us with!

Last weekend my husband and I went over to the North Shore and visited the Split Rock Lighthouse. We had a wonderful day for it, and I took lots of pictures! I’ll share a couple here.

The Lighthouse from the Lake Superior shore.

View from the top by the Lighthouse, facing Northeast.

I also had some photo ops right in my own backyard — there were some swans on the lake, and I went down to get some pictures before they flew off. They always seem a bit shy about sticking around to have their pictures taken.

Swans on Lake Flora

Tomorrow I will be back in the studio, starting another painting, and maybe slipping out to the welding shop as well. So much to do, so little time to get it done!

Here is one final picture, my son Chris and his bride, Laura, on their wedding day. They are such a great match for each other.  I sure miss having them around to visit with, now that they have moved to Oregon!  I hope to share pictures from a visit out there one of these days.

Chris and Laura -- Wedding day at Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Here we are, only a week until we once again celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Hope all who read this are enjoying the season and will have some happy times with friends and family.

I am happy to have finished a commission. I am just waiting for the frame to arrive, and then I will deliver it to the patient patron who commissioned it! Here it is, a portrait of Tucker.

"Tucker"

I have also been teaching a beginning acrylics class — what a fun time. My students are eager and hard working, and we made good progress on all our projects. We started with a small landscape, then did a still life study from life, and our final project was a portrait of an animal. Here they are, hard at work.

Acrylic class students, working on their projects.

Here are the still life studies:

Acrylic still life studies from beginning acrylics class.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy is helping with our kitchen remodeling. We have now pulled out the lower cabinets, and we are working on removing the ceramic tile flooring. It is much harder than I thought it would be! We have to pry, and hammer, and shred the old plywood to get it out, then lay down new plywood to make an even surface for the hardwood flooring we plan to lay in the whole kitchen and dining room.

Pulling out the old flooring.

We have moved the stove into the dining room, and have the refrigerator on a big cart so we can roll it out of the way. We have the sink hanging from the upper cabinets, so we can still use it (for the time being), and the dishwasher is disconnected, so I’m back to hand washing , — and using paper plates more often.  🙂

Sink, still useable for now.

I have another painting started, which I hope to complete before the end of the month.   I also did a mountain scene during my Acrylics class. Here is my landscape demo from class:

"That Perfect Day"

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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