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debilane

Clay of many faces…

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One thing about working in clay is its ever changing. Even though I continue to work with my first love, stoneware, what I create has evolved over the years and is pleasing to the soul! I have created using several different looking stonewares to include whites, buffs, black and chocolate plus a speckled buff. All were pleasing in their own right and though the black and chocolate were one of my favorites since they easily satisfied my craving for contrast it was just too too messy for me. I still year to work with it and use it for my slip trailing designs at this time and always determine at least once a month that ‘I WILL endeavor to create work completely with it once again!’ I have yet to take the plunge. I have worked with my speckled buff for many years now and I really love it for feel and for looks. The specks and off white color lend themselves nicely to the rustic and eclectic look of my style. Sigh~

So what does this have to do with faces you ask??? Well not much really but it does tell you about what I create WITH and from there comes where I go with my work. I started out creating only functional wares and I really enjoy doing that. As my skills improved though and I started sketching designs and ideas my hunger to do more grew. It took awhile for my confidence to grow as much as my hunger to create but when it did it opened up a whole new world for me!

I am now fully exploring the world of faces and with every creation I work at better expressions and understanding how to create those expressions and let me tell you! I’m having a BLAST! With each new advancement in my skill and work my joy with my work seems to get greater and it truly is divine.

In conclusion I wish to encourage you all to follow your dreams and your passion! Life is fleeting and as I like to say… Art is a snapshot of our journey in life~… You don’t have to make art if you aren’t so inclined but every momentous point in our lives are still a snapshot of our journey, make sure you have fantastic snapshots!

Peace love and, have an outstanding life, peppermint dreams~

Inspiration! Where it comes from..

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Inspiration is found all around us and different people are inspired in different ways by different things. My inspiration comes from what stirs my soul! Visually I love, and am drawn to, flowing curving shapes and lines. The fluidness of them feels in tune with my being and just feels good. I’ve always been drawn to these things in music or forms and even light shows. Light shows, or lazer shows, were always fascinating to me growing up because of how the light bends and flows…. Mesmerizing. I also strive to be naturally open to inspiration around me in that I don’t seek  to intentionally see or hear something inspiring but that I am open to seeing and hearing the beauty around me wherever I happen to be at. If you always look at the world with an eye that cares to see beauty there’s an amazing amount of it everywhere you go!

Music is also a strong source of inspiration for me. The right song or melody can either spur my motivation or make me want to grab a cold one and build a bonfire. Both of which can be equally satisfying…. depending on how thirsty I am……. ~ stares off dreaming of bonfires~….. Sorry, ok back to the blog!  I have learned over time that there are people that just listen to music, there are those that hear music and then there are those that feel it in their souls. Unbelievably there are some that don’t care about music at all, personally I think these people are a little sketchy, wink wink, but that may be a blog for another time!  Whatever your level of musical appreciation I think the effect of music can be a powerful thing. I know for me, the tempo and melody can really change the feel of what I’m working on as it stirs my soul and sometimes brings up visual forms. A lot of my random sketching is done when relaxing and enjoying some of my favorite tunes or exploring new bands. When I’m driving alone in my car I’m always listening to music and frequently have forms come to mind from the melodies.

You’ll see a lot of vining leaf design or trees and branches in my work. The nature aspect in my work represents my love of the outdoors and, more to the point, Spring! Spring is my favorite time of year because it represents rebirth and growth, the time when everything comes alive in celebration if you will. The moment Fall descends upon us I wait with bated breath for the invigorating intoxicating beauty of SPRING! There’s also a wonderful perfect imperfection in nature, and that goes for vegetation as well as people! I never get too hung up on making something rigidly perfect and instead allow some of the natural flow to stay intact, only focusing on the perfectly imperfect life of each piece. Given a choice I always gravitate towards anything organically constructed.

           

So find your inspiration by looking around you wherever you are to see what motivates and stimulates your senses to inspire you. You may or may not be creating art with your inspiration but learning what your talent is and expressing in it is part of the joy of life!!

 

Inspiration on my friends!

From the earth it comes! Indigenous clay

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Let me start off by saying I LOVE working with clay! I love the feel of it organic feel of it in my hands and how it responds to the pressure of my finger tips and body. I love the way I can mold a lump of earth into something formed from the images born from ideas in my head into something that will bring joy to others and that could become a part of their home and lives. Read More