Monday, January 11, 2016

Hero in Dr. Jeffrey Donner

Well it is three weeks since my spine surgery during which Dr. Jeffrey Donner of Loveland, Colorado went in and instead of fusing my ruptured disc he used a Coflex system where he removed the ruptured part of the disc and then placed the coflex which was a titanium H shaped piece in between my discs so that he did not disturb the muscles in my back and the surgery lasted one and a half hours and I was home eating broth for lunch within four hours afterwards.

Now not to say that I enjoyed this but this has to be the best way of treating a ruptured disc even though I do not know if everyone would qualify for this type of procedure. I do know two people that had the fusion done and within a short time had to have another fusion.

 I was in so much pain prior to surgery that I was unable to use the entire right leg and buttocks area (now you try to do without those). I am not trying to be personal about this but just trying to let everyone know that fusions are not always the direction to go and often have repercussions afterwards.

I am still restricted for the next three months as to lifting etc. but slowly and surely I will be back to my old self which I intend to take better care of from here on out. Hope this information helps someone or at least lets them know there are options out there.

Hopefully this will help someone that is possibly considering surgery or having back problems, ask questions and stay positive. Have two shows already scheduled, one in the Old Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the other Lubbock in April at the Civic Center.

Happy trails and take care of your bodies we don't have spares

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ending year on a bitter note

I know that some of you are wondering since I usually post twice a month what is going on but this post comes with a warning to all my fellow artist as well as patrons that do not recognize when enough is enough and you can not keep lifting weights you should not be.

Had an MRI this week and I have ruptured a disc. Will go in for surgery in the next few days so will be cleaning up loose ends on work still in progress. I have a fox carrying a chicken called "Chicken Tax" and a whitetail named "The Chase" that should be finished and out of the foundry by end of January.  For twenty years now I have probably carried way to heavy pieces for too far a distance and now I am learning that I must not do that.

Hope you all have a great holiday season and we all come back stronger in 2016, take care of your body He only gave us one.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Eric Maisel...again Coaching the Artist Within

If you have read this I am sorry but it is worth repeating, Eric Maisel is fantastic and I wish I had all his books." Creating is real work, takes more of our mind, heart, and hands....provokes anxiety, opens us up to the possibility of mistakes and messes."

Mental energy
generates - desire, anticipation, excitement, passion
saps - fear, doubt, worry and concern
replenishes - courage, clarity
How can you increase your mental energy
desire - think more positive about creating and less about money
anticipation - research a piece you really want to do where you are excited to complete it
passion - either reward yourself for each goal reached or renew your love of animals by doing something concerning animals
Really think about why you do what you do and regain your passion

desire - why do you enjoy what you do? This is not something that you just pick up for a day or two and drop, it is something that plays in your head all your life, maybe in the form of something other than your choice of medium but creativity is there all the same. Women say to me all the time I just don't have any talent...duh! You create in your meal planning, dressing, decorating your home even baking a cake or cupcakes everyone is blessed with the creative mode, men it is messing with gadgets. I have this best friend that has a husband that can't admit he is talented but he can look at something and create magic in his head or he can use something that is salvage to come up with a very creative idea.

"...positive, obsessions are forward looking...pleasurable and engrossing.  These thoughts are characterized by feelings of competency and ability, even power...and lead to excitement and energy.
"...negative obsessions are backward thinking...chatter...replays of bad decisions, bad experiences, disasters etc...characterized by feelings of incompetence, stupidity or powerlessness."  Rosemary Antel

"In fact, they will prevent us from moving forward and achieving our goals, because of the attention we give to them:. Aleta Pippin
"You must be able to create in the middle of things, or else you will not create.".

Everyone must think of themselves as unique and not like anyone else in the world and also that they create like no one else in the world, this is who you are and what you do.

"I would love for you to learn to drop everything and go create. The phrase "drop everything" means dropping your resistance, dropping your doubts, dropping those aspects of your personality that hold you down, dropping your nagging to-do list, dropping all the reasons that you and your effort don't matter..."
That was one of the  most profound statements in the entire book, if we could just learn to do just that without guilt.
"suit up and showup" no excuses. Don't set yourself up for high expectations everything starts small - if you expect too much of yourself you'll fail. Enjoy, otherwise why are you doing it at all.
Have a great day..........

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Armatures and finishing Whitetail

I know that we have touched base on armatures before but it seems that maybe everyone else is as bumfuddled with them as I was and still are often.   They are something that you have to be able to produce a molded piece of work but you can not let it dictate direction to you.

  In other words it has to be able to support quite a bit of movement and weight but yet give you enough flexibility to not have a pipe or wire sticking out where you do not need it to be interfering. There is nothing more frustrating then to find that after you start claying up, your animal looks really stiff because you have followed the lines or the demands of the armature rather than bending to the nature of a leg or neck and it will be  sickening when you already have it in metal before you wise up.

All starts with scaling your figure to where you can break it down into inches or 1/4 inches where you can be accurate.
This is a basic store bought armature versus a picture of one that can be constructed with pipes, T's, and L's and using wire that is either wound with more wire for strength or a single strong art store purchase of armature wire. You do not want something you can not move at all.

this is just beginning we already covered this in previous blog dated 5/5/15
several days later while trying to decide position I desired

this is trying to figure out exactly what I wanted in antlers

This is finished piece without the antlers actually attached because they will be molded separately.

I have cheated and upon finding a wire in a bad spot and needing to eliminate it I have waited until it is a wax and trimmed it where the wire was visible in the molding process. I don't suggest this if you are like me and are absent might go through the foundry process like that.

I don't care what anyone says you may change a piece or tear it down and redo five to eight times before finding the angle or position you want and that looks good to you. Remember my story about covering up a piece between working on it so that your errors jump out at you as in this piece it was redone many times because I chose a different position than ordinary, it is called the "sneak" so you have to change to accommodate the neck, head and entire body language  making it more difficult. It is the position of a buck when he is in pursuit of a doe. It is so beautiful to watch hopefully I got it to come across in clay. Much like having a baby this won't be out of the foundry for a few months and I will show the finished piece at that time. Thanks for dropping in hopefully I have shown something you enjoyed.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finally down to the last show, I think

Sorry I have neglected this part of my keeping touch with everyone but during the summer I am usually so busy with art, shows, family and etc. that it is difficult to keep this current.
On top of that my daughter had another grandson for me (making it three boys) my husbands mom passed away and he had total knee replacement (not due to spousal abuse).

I have my last show September 19-20 in Boulder, Colorado on the Pearl Street Mall and I pull down my Estes Park show October 25th then I will close out 2015 unless I get into the Lone Tree Art Expo 2015 which I will not hear until later. It runs 9/24/15 until 11/09/15.

But did want to call attention to you artist that shows are already being posted for 2016 and the cut off dates are earlier than ever.

My option is still open for a class to be taught this Spring (I do not usually set the date until I get my show schedule) for only four days and only one person and to remind those that do not know me I only teach one person at a time because I like to develope not only friendships that have my complete attention during the class but also because this is when I donate my earnings to Operation Smile (so little can change a child's entire life). Four days for 375.00 what a deal, from clay to finished piece or close to finished plus I get to see a miracle in a child's smile.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Busy but touching base

Been busy with shows but wanted to leave you with something again from one of the books I read. Walking In This World, The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron

This was written 10 years after Artist Way

"Making art is making love with life" Julia Cameron
"Instead of thinking about conquering an art form, think instead of kissing it hello, wooing it, exploring it in small, enticing steps. A small beginning is exactly that, a beginning. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do begin it, because action has magic, grace and power in it." Goethe
"If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies, and so a man." Henry David Thoreau

"It is only by risking from one hour to another that we live at all." William James
"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?" Fanny Brice

Today isn't like any other day you have known, create it.
"What a man thinks of himself...determines, or rather indicates, lies fate." Thoreau
"Every exit is an entry somewhere else." Tom Stoppard

It is so easy to become discouraged as an artist that we must all gain courage from the thought that we are able to create, not everyone is given that gift. To express a feeling in clay, paint, pastel, pencil whatever medium you choose or you purchase from an artist to create a mood or setting in your home or office...that is you pure and simple.

My last show is in September and you will have to be patient with me on my blogs and I will try to keep you updated. I realize I have not added to my armature post so that will be my concern when I find the time. Thanks for dropping in....enjoy your summer so far mine has involved around 4000 miles. Two more shows to go closer to home, Golden and Boulder.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Quotes 2015

If you have read me at all you know I love my sculpture but I love to read and love quotes. Here are a few more that impressed me.

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth-and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up-that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had". Elizabeth Kobler-Ross

"We are the hero of our own story" Mary McCarthy

The one above I dedicate to my friend Deb

"If you want to see God laugh, tell Him your plan." John Lennon

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you imagined." Thoreau

Thanks for enjoying these....I do. If  only we could focus on them in the midst of mindless chatter.