Archive for January, 2008

The Bone Eater

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

For "inspire me thursday" (  ), "my comfort Zone", I just had to create a figure today.  The Bone Eater is paper mache, with a bone and silica packet.

To make the Bone Eater I started with a wire hanger.  I used wire mesh to form the head and body.  Leaving a space in the torso for acid free plastic. Which means that, the areas where the newspaper strips are revealed will eventually fade to yellow and the acid free plastic will remain clear.  I used wall paper paste to adhere the paper strips, which is thick and sticky.  The face area has been gessoed and painted.  The remaining parts of the figure were glazed with black acrylic paint and Future acrylic floor polish.  I like to use Future because, due to its watery consistency, it seeps into the cracks and dents that are inherent to paper mache.  It highlights and brings forth the texture…

The idea for Bone Eater came to me as I examined a set of animal bones that a friend had sent to me.  Initially I thought that the gagged vertebrae bone would make for interesting teeth, but it felt too contrived to just glue the teeth on to the face.  So it occurred to me to make the teeth metaphorical by implying that the teeth were inside him.  This required some problem solving which is how I came up with the idea of the clear plastic so that the viewer could see what was inside.  I decided to put the GEL packet inside of him to preserve the bones and I noticed that it had interesting words on it — DO NOT EAT! The phrase made me think of the creature eating it.  The implication is that the creature not only ate the GEL packet, but the bones as well.  And so, the title: The Bone Eater.


Monday, January 14th, 2008

I’m anxious to finish the hearts, I need to paint, I need to make some figures.

Unrequited (foreshortened)

Red Thing


Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Watching my favorite news show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, I wish it were on everyday.

Still working on heart art but figures are dancing around in my head, "get me out" they chant…

Bit of Blu

Saturday, January 12th, 2008


Bernie Berlin is trying to raise money for her animal rescue. She has aligned with America’s giving challenge, which you can learn more about by clicking on the badge to the right of this entry. If you can spare ten bucks or more, this is a worthy cause especially if you are a dog lover like me, learn more about Bernie’s efforts at http//

Took the pugster (my dog) to the vet and his numbers are up again. Probably because I switched dog food on him and missed his walk one day this week, the smallest thing can effect him. Now he has to have more insulin and be rechecked on Monday. Its stressful really and requires very patient , constant monitoring. People can prick their fingers to test their glucose levels but  to check a dog I would have to lance his ear and I’m just not up for that its hard enough giving him an injection.

Love Potion

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Purple and lavendar are colors I rarely use, partly because its a bit saccharin to me and I have difficulty combining other colors with it, but in this case I think the magenta and brown rim are working.

The Folk Tree

Friday, January 11th, 2008

There is an article in the LA Times today about the Folk Tree where the hearts will be on display  through Feb 17th, if you live in the area and  care to see them in person.



Thursday, January 10th, 2008

You can see the dimension of this piece from this vantage point


I wanted to follow my bliss today but I have to go to work ;D catch ya on the rebound


Moon Walking

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

While I finished this painting a couple of weeks ago I completely forgot to post it having been completely immersed in the making of hearts.

Honey Locust Heart

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Feeling a wee bit of anxiety about missing my deadline today.

I covered the backs of the hearts last night thinking they would dry by morning but it has been too cold so I spent the day drying them in the oven then painting and signing the backs and varnishing the fronts, well I wasn’t done until 3:30 and the the gallery closes at 4:00 and I am an hour away. grrrrr

I like this heart a lot it resembles stone to me and I think the honey locust stem of thorns is such a beautiful though lethal addition


Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Putting final touches to the papier mache hearts going to the gallery in Pasadena this afternoon. Because the weather has been so cold the papier mache takes longer to dry.

Here is a Lighter shade of Blue: