Re-exploring Key West

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Art Unraveled - Day 5 - Phoenix

Laurie Mika’s class on polymer clay shrines  was on the agenda today.   This is the 3rd time that I have taken one of her  classes.   She’s good and knows tons of things you need to learn and she is easy to deal with!!!!   It is always a pleasure to take her class.

This shows some of the things that Laurie makes.

Here were the samples showing what we were going to make today.


Here were the hands that several of the students made.  

Mine is the following gold one with the red rhinestone chain attached.


Here’s my final project.

Very happy with the day.

Tomorrow I return home.   It’s been great fun!!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Art Unraveled - Day 4 - Phoenix

Today was fun.   Classses didn’t start until noon.   The morning, at 9 am, they started a sales room where the vendors could sell their work.  Well, of course, I was there.  Such fun.   Lots of vendors, and lots of great stuff.

The class was taught by Sandra Duran Wilson and the name of the course was Scribble to Structure - creating with color, composition and values.

It was fun.   All the work was done in Acrylic!

Teachers work.  


These last ones were he works in process from this classe.

My table mates work follows.


My work.   We started out with one big piece and then it was cut into 12 pieces.    It was great fun. 

Really believe there is some merit to Sandra’s methods.   There are still 4 that need some work.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Art Unraveled - Day 3 - Phoenix

Assemblage????   That’s the art of taking generally unrelated pieces and making something totally new from those pieces.   It can take the shape of about anything.  

I’ve done assemblage for years but really wanted to take a class from someone who makes a living teaching assemblage and selling their work.   

Work of Kristen Penrod - 
Isn’t she lovely.   I love her lips and her clothes and especially her hair!!!

She is really interesting but ready to go (she’s on wheels).


Love her work.    When I signed up for this class, I contacted Kristen to see if what I was thinking of making would work in her class.   I sent her pictures of what I was wanting to work with.

Here is one of the pictures that I sent her.

Here is what she looked like at the end of class.

She is actually unattached because she has to fly home on Monday and I’d hate to have her all broken to pieces.

Pieces in various state of completion from other class members.  



As you can tell, everyone had a different image.   Another fun day creating art!!!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Art Unraveled - Phoenix - Day 2

Today was very similar to yesterday. - Only in watercolor and not acrylics.

This was Sunny’s work today.   Yesterday we had 20- people in class - today only 5.  

My work

Yesterday I did two girl pictures.   Today a guy picture.   

Others in the class.

Totally different day from yesterday.   Fun.  

Come back tomorrow and see what is going on with my assemblage class.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Art Unraveled-Phoenix Arizona - August 1, 2018. Tilting at Windmills

Taking classes in what you know how to do is far easier than taking classes that stretch your skills and experiences.   This year I am taking several classes in art that is way out of my comfort zone.

Sunny’s class was acrylic medium drawing interesting characters.   (Tomorrow, I’m taking a similar class in watercolor.

Here are some of examples of Sonny’s work.   

Very interesting little ‘characters’ and ‘critters’.   

I am always amazed when there are 20 people in a room and they all do something very different.   I show mine first.

I must say this is the first time I’ve done ‘square heads”.   

Now here are pictures of how others interpreted the instructions.

This was done by the lady at my table.   Vastly different interpretation.

Now here are the others.


I love them all, but really love the “Papa Hemingway look-a-like on the top row.   

Come back tomorrow and see similar things (I guess) in watercolor.