Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Walk on the Beach

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
We just returned from San Carlos, Sonora Mexico - a quick trip to visit a very good friend!  The first thing we did was to take a walk on the beautiful beach.  My friend kept telling me that the hurricane (this year) had torn up the beach and it was rocky.  It was rocky in portions but we had our beach shoes with us for those places and walked in warm sand the rest of the time.  I wanted to share that walk with the ocean textures and animals with you.  You know I'm looking at birds, lapping ocean and shells while enjoying the sea breeze and ocean smells!  I saw dolphins but did not get a good picture of them breaking the surface.

An Eared Grebe had a long swim going mostly in circles.  Look at that red eye!

This was the greenest shell I've ever seen!

I brought this one home.  Such an interesting interior structure for the shell
 
A Life Bird for me!  The Reddish Heron
  
Enjoying the texture of a shell.   

Talk about texture!  There were stacks of shells at the estuary 

Beach debri....texture!

And just in front of the condo where we stayed a pair of Gila Woodpeckers were feeding young.  The male is in the nest in the palm tree.  The female on the side of the tree took turns gathering food and feeding.

Hope you enjoyed my walk on the beach!  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shameless Advertising! Happy Mother's Day Sale

30% DISCOUNT UNTIL MAY 24      MOTHER'S DAY SALE

https://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/LindaBrittDesign

This is the first time I've had a 30% Discount Sale and the first Mother's Day Sale.  If you are shopping, now's the time to take a look into the one of a kind handmade jewelry at Linda Britt Design.  Each piece is made by me and is unique.  The pieces are made to be as individual as each of you.  I hope you find something that is just perfect for you, for a friend or for Mom.

These are just a few of the 100 items on sale.  To see them all go to www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign    Sale ends May 24

The sale is also going on at The Art Market in Prescott Gateway Mall.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer Flowers


'Summer Flowers'

Doing a Happy Dance now that my summer color scheme is finished!  This was fun to create with many possibilities.  I chose to show some of the ways I use polymer canes to create 3-dimensional forms that tell a story.  

I live in the mountains of Arizona and am always looking for wildflowers to photograph.  Their colors and shapes amaze me as they grow along the road, in field or on a hillside of rocks.  They look delicate but obviously they are hardy and withstand wind, trash, off road vehicles, rain and all kinds of other natural and man-made hazards.  I wanted to capture their strength and beauty in polymer. 

Thank you for following the journey in the last 2 posts.  Take a minute and look again at the progress from start to finish! Please leave me comments below with your reaction to my summer flowers.  The 20 x 20 inch canvas will be hanging in The Prescott Art Market all summer.  Stop in a take a look!  Yes! It's for sale!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Progressing on the new Project

















It's kind of funny when you think about it.  The only limits I have on this project is a 20" x 20" canvas, a summer color scheme and my mind!  I think the mind is the problem!  There are so many directions to go.  I've narrowed the choices by deciding to use polymer clay.  But what should I do with it?  I could do a mosaic or an abstract design, or a still life, or ... well the list goes on.  At some point I have to do something.














I start making canes...big canes....summer colors of polymer clay rolled together to make circular designs.  I think I'm making stylistic flower blossoms and swirls of blue sky.  As my plastic container starts to fill with clay designs, my mind is deciding how to attach, where to attach and what is the end result going to be.  I still have to decide some of those questions.  Here's the progress so far!





I sliced off some of the clay and baked it to see how the colors changed.  That should help in the placement of whatever I end up doing!
  Join me next week to see the progress.  I think the deadline for this project to hang in the Prescott Art Market is next week!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Project -Opposites Attract



I've decided to create a color scheme - in this case opposites attract - orange and blue with shades  gold!  The clay is conditioned and we all get to wait to see what it will become!

Fun for hot summer days!






Friday, April 7, 2017

Into The Forest



Polymer pine cones and rocks in my forest!

I'm participating in an international polymer artist collaboration.  We are all going 'into our forests' and really looking at the organic forms  that abound.  Since the project is international there will be lots of different forest life represented.  (Real things - no fairies or gnomes!) Each of us will make our individual version of things we see in polymer clay (and make at least 10 of each item), send it to the coordinator and a team of artists will create colonies that overlap to create a mural with the theme 'Into the Forest'.  It will be seen November 7 in Pittsburgh PA.  

Pine cones, pine needles, leaves, rocks, wildflowers, tree bark, insects, birds and animals are some of the things I find in my Prescott National Forest.  I'm selecting pine cones and rocks as my contribution and sharing the making of pine cones with you today.  I have a minimum of 8 more to make this month.  Guess I better get busy as they do take a bit of time!

First I took a real pine cone apart to see how it really should be assembled.



Then I made a mold using 2 part Alumilite Mold Putty of the different size petals (I call them petals)



If you really look at the colors of the petals, the end tips are lighter.  I used Premo Burnt Umber for the basic leaf and Premo Raw Sienna for the end tips.

 

After making a core of polymer, I added the petals starting at the top of the cone.



The cone is ready to cure but I was concerned how the petals would stay separated.  I dusted them with baking soda and set the cone in the baking soda so it would keep its shape as it heated.  When it was done, I rinsed the cone in cold water spreading the petals as they cooled.



The finished pine cone!



Anyone who really knows me knows that I can get carried away with an idea!  If you've read this far, I feel I should let you know that I also made pine needles.  I arranged my fake rocks, pine cones and pine needles out in the real forest and took a picture.  This is the finished group that will be mailed this week.  Enjoy!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Never Enough Wildflowers



More beautiful seldom seen wildflowers from Anza Borrego Desert!  I think there are never enough.  Most of the flowers are small and it takes a lot of them to cover the hillsides.  Most amazing to find one flower standing alone in the otherwise barren area of the desert.  Enjoy!
White Primrose
Desert Lily
California Poppy

A favorite - The Five Spot


These are so tiny and a lovely lavendar

Tiny plants 

These are about the size of your little fingernail  = maybe smaller!

One brave yellow spot of color

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Walk on the Beach

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
We just returned from San Carlos, Sonora Mexico - a quick trip to visit a very good friend!  The first thing we did was to take a walk on the beautiful beach.  My friend kept telling me that the hurricane (this year) had torn up the beach and it was rocky.  It was rocky in portions but we had our beach shoes with us for those places and walked in warm sand the rest of the time.  I wanted to share that walk with the ocean textures and animals with you.  You know I'm looking at birds, lapping ocean and shells while enjoying the sea breeze and ocean smells!  I saw dolphins but did not get a good picture of them breaking the surface.

An Eared Grebe had a long swim going mostly in circles.  Look at that red eye!

This was the greenest shell I've ever seen!

I brought this one home.  Such an interesting interior structure for the shell
 
A Life Bird for me!  The Reddish Heron
  
Enjoying the texture of a shell.   

Talk about texture!  There were stacks of shells at the estuary 

Beach debri....texture!

And just in front of the condo where we stayed a pair of Gila Woodpeckers were feeding young.  The male is in the nest in the palm tree.  The female on the side of the tree took turns gathering food and feeding.

Hope you enjoyed my walk on the beach!  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shameless Advertising! Happy Mother's Day Sale

30% DISCOUNT UNTIL MAY 24      MOTHER'S DAY SALE

https://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/LindaBrittDesign

This is the first time I've had a 30% Discount Sale and the first Mother's Day Sale.  If you are shopping, now's the time to take a look into the one of a kind handmade jewelry at Linda Britt Design.  Each piece is made by me and is unique.  The pieces are made to be as individual as each of you.  I hope you find something that is just perfect for you, for a friend or for Mom.

These are just a few of the 100 items on sale.  To see them all go to www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign    Sale ends May 24

The sale is also going on at The Art Market in Prescott Gateway Mall.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer Flowers


'Summer Flowers'

Doing a Happy Dance now that my summer color scheme is finished!  This was fun to create with many possibilities.  I chose to show some of the ways I use polymer canes to create 3-dimensional forms that tell a story.  

I live in the mountains of Arizona and am always looking for wildflowers to photograph.  Their colors and shapes amaze me as they grow along the road, in field or on a hillside of rocks.  They look delicate but obviously they are hardy and withstand wind, trash, off road vehicles, rain and all kinds of other natural and man-made hazards.  I wanted to capture their strength and beauty in polymer. 

Thank you for following the journey in the last 2 posts.  Take a minute and look again at the progress from start to finish! Please leave me comments below with your reaction to my summer flowers.  The 20 x 20 inch canvas will be hanging in The Prescott Art Market all summer.  Stop in a take a look!  Yes! It's for sale!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Progressing on the new Project

















It's kind of funny when you think about it.  The only limits I have on this project is a 20" x 20" canvas, a summer color scheme and my mind!  I think the mind is the problem!  There are so many directions to go.  I've narrowed the choices by deciding to use polymer clay.  But what should I do with it?  I could do a mosaic or an abstract design, or a still life, or ... well the list goes on.  At some point I have to do something.














I start making canes...big canes....summer colors of polymer clay rolled together to make circular designs.  I think I'm making stylistic flower blossoms and swirls of blue sky.  As my plastic container starts to fill with clay designs, my mind is deciding how to attach, where to attach and what is the end result going to be.  I still have to decide some of those questions.  Here's the progress so far!





I sliced off some of the clay and baked it to see how the colors changed.  That should help in the placement of whatever I end up doing!
  Join me next week to see the progress.  I think the deadline for this project to hang in the Prescott Art Market is next week!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Project -Opposites Attract



I've decided to create a color scheme - in this case opposites attract - orange and blue with shades  gold!  The clay is conditioned and we all get to wait to see what it will become!

Fun for hot summer days!






Friday, April 7, 2017

Into The Forest



Polymer pine cones and rocks in my forest!

I'm participating in an international polymer artist collaboration.  We are all going 'into our forests' and really looking at the organic forms  that abound.  Since the project is international there will be lots of different forest life represented.  (Real things - no fairies or gnomes!) Each of us will make our individual version of things we see in polymer clay (and make at least 10 of each item), send it to the coordinator and a team of artists will create colonies that overlap to create a mural with the theme 'Into the Forest'.  It will be seen November 7 in Pittsburgh PA.  

Pine cones, pine needles, leaves, rocks, wildflowers, tree bark, insects, birds and animals are some of the things I find in my Prescott National Forest.  I'm selecting pine cones and rocks as my contribution and sharing the making of pine cones with you today.  I have a minimum of 8 more to make this month.  Guess I better get busy as they do take a bit of time!

First I took a real pine cone apart to see how it really should be assembled.



Then I made a mold using 2 part Alumilite Mold Putty of the different size petals (I call them petals)



If you really look at the colors of the petals, the end tips are lighter.  I used Premo Burnt Umber for the basic leaf and Premo Raw Sienna for the end tips.

 

After making a core of polymer, I added the petals starting at the top of the cone.



The cone is ready to cure but I was concerned how the petals would stay separated.  I dusted them with baking soda and set the cone in the baking soda so it would keep its shape as it heated.  When it was done, I rinsed the cone in cold water spreading the petals as they cooled.



The finished pine cone!



Anyone who really knows me knows that I can get carried away with an idea!  If you've read this far, I feel I should let you know that I also made pine needles.  I arranged my fake rocks, pine cones and pine needles out in the real forest and took a picture.  This is the finished group that will be mailed this week.  Enjoy!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Never Enough Wildflowers



More beautiful seldom seen wildflowers from Anza Borrego Desert!  I think there are never enough.  Most of the flowers are small and it takes a lot of them to cover the hillsides.  Most amazing to find one flower standing alone in the otherwise barren area of the desert.  Enjoy!
White Primrose
Desert Lily
California Poppy

A favorite - The Five Spot


These are so tiny and a lovely lavendar

Tiny plants 

These are about the size of your little fingernail  = maybe smaller!

One brave yellow spot of color