Back from NIADA

and I survived!!!! I made it in too, I am thrilled. This has been a dream of mine since I first saw figures by Robert McKinley, Lisa Lichtenfels, Richard and Jody Creager, and E. J. Taylor. Then I had the really great luck to get to know Forest Rogers and the kindness of Marilyn Radzat and I realized I could use the goal of joining to help me grow – by constantly measuring the quality of my work against the originality, quality and vision of the work of the NIADA artists – I couldn’t help but improve.

I fell in love with work by Chomick and Meder, Hennie Koffrie, Diane Keeler, Donna May Robinson, and so many more…

Have you ever been to a NIADA conference? They have a gallery night where you see figures that set new guidelines for quality and style. I was blown away. I really, really want that constant competition and input to keep trying to make each figure better than the last…

This year two other wonderful artists joined too – Reina Brill and Olga Roehl.

so now i get to take a breather for a little bit and spend some time figuring out what my next goal is — came back with some ideas that had been creeping around in the back of my mind, more defined…. ran out and ordered some flumo — i want to make some jointed paperclay figures and have been thinking a lot about flumo….

and now poor Max the golden retriever is dancing outside the computer room door. so its back to real life – off to walk the dog….

a few more pics…

I saw an incredible figure that Forest is working on, and fell in love with the mask she was making. So I decided I wanted to try some too…. Turns out I really like the way that Mali looks with them. the one in her hand was intended to be a deer (a dikdik) but for reasons known only to itself – decided it was an aardvark. however, that was way cooler than the Wiley Coyote thing it had going for awhile…

Mali with 2 masks

Mali with 2 masks

and I got some pictures of the angel lady that I’m happy with today…

winged woman

winged woman

winged woman

winged woman

winged woman

2Blowhards blog….

i’m in that “avoidance” stage, where I desperately need to finish up 2 pieces so I can ship them tomorrow —- but really, really don’t even want to look at them….

so wandering around on line, I found a reference to 2blowhards blog

some great reading here about all kinds of different subjects….