The following pictures were taken during a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The weathered beach homes and rambling line of sand fences are an iconic representation of many which line coastal towns along our shores. A bit of color was added to each image to enhance the time worn structures and to help capture vivid memories of summertime's past. Like these age honored symbols - don't you just wish summer would last forever?
A beautiful Sunday afternoon inspires an illustration
Taking an artful dive into Summer!
Bisque Surfboards and Handmade clay flipflops
HANDMADE CLAY FLIP FLOPS
MULTI-MEDIA FISH BOWL PAINTING
SELF PORTRAIT SWIM PAINTING
Because even art work is better with a little sugar on top.
Cupcake Paintings on Canvas
Custom aprons hand painted with layered cakes.
The first week of Summer Art Camps 2015 started off with a nice cooling SPLASH!
Preschool artists created portraits of themselves under water.
Cupcake Friday is always a camp highlight!
Unfortunately I was too busy working with the artists to take many photos, so cannot show images of the other projects we created. But I think the happy cupcake faces show what a wonderful week we had creating summertime masterpieces.
Recently I've been working on individual size colanders handmade from soft clay. The bowls can be personalized for gift giving - like the one pictured above which is a custom order for Mothers Day.
While very cute sitting on the counter, these little bowls make for a very useful kitchen accessory. Perfect for washing a small serving of berries. The berry bowls take about 2 weeks to create and can be found in my shop, Magic Markings Art
A request for a custom gift to celebrate the engagement of a couple who met at William and Mary inspired me to create a new line of personalized ring holders.
The 3.5 inch ring dishes are handmade from soft clay, stamped with "It all began at...", personalized with the couples names and kiln fired to a bisque state. Afterwards I sketch the portrait onto the dish, paint it with non-toxic, lead-free pottery glazes and fire the dish once again.
These unique ring dishes have been receiving quite a bit of enthusiasm from those looking for distinctive personalized gift ideas for the newly engaged. If you are interested, the custom portrait ring dishes are available in my MagicMarkingsArt shop. Click HERE to purchase or for more information. I'd love to have the opportunity to create one for you, your best friend, sister or significant other.
Ceramic spoonfuls of love for those that make ones heart go pitter-patter. Handmade from soft clay, each spoon is stamped with a heart, the words love, tea or trouble and fired in my kiln to insure that a heap-full of love is put into every meal.
Every now and then I go into the studio to create just for the joy of creating. With no looming deadlines nor custom orders to be made; it's just me, a big block of clay and a music, podcast or NPR station playing in the background.
During a recent clay play day I made spoon molds which were formed from clay then fired in my kiln. The bisque fired forms are perfect for recreating the same shape multiple times.
Once formed the clay spoons have to dry for a couple of days before they can be kiln fired. Afterwards they will be painted with glaze and fired once again. In the meantime one can find me in my studio catching up on orders or playing around with a few other new ideas.