-once believed to magically calm the seas for 14 days during the winter solstice-
floating and nesting on the surface of a peaceful, windless, open ocean
it has come to mean a peaceful or tranquil time in life
this tiny photo of one of my girls waving to me is "enough to gladden any heart"
it was a happy day as she stands on the shore of a beach on Whidbey Island
- the halcyon seas of Puget Sound are seen in the background -
How I made it:
I made this piece out of a broken Christmas ornament found at the shop I work in.
I took it apart, scratched away more of the mirror silvering material, adhered text and a photograph of my oldest daughter (at age 8) to the back of the glass - allowing those elements to peek out through the scratched out silvering. Then I made a foil pennant banner strung on wire to cover the cracked glass. The pennant lettering is made using a round hole punch and book text. The mirrored glass is backed with a blackened book cover. I then sandwiched everything and copper foiled and soldered it all around. It's about 5 inches in diameter.
I love her unique style - and the fact that she includes a drawing warm up with every lesson.
Drawing is foundational.
So anyway, I dove in.
We'll see where it takes me.
"As mixed-media artists we are always trying new media and experimenting with new techniques — which is awesome! But what can happen is we don’t take the time to focus long enough on the things we really love so that we can create a cohesive series that is uniquely ours.
"I have found a lot of value working in series over the years; choosing and sticking with one media/subject matter for a period of time really has helped me… and I will share with you what I can about the process.
"Are you ready to work hard in a fun environment? Let’s refine, focus, and create a body of work this year!"