Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Back from obscurity.

September 14, 2010

Still in New Zealand as last reported. We’re in the process of applying for residence; husband has a steady job and I am steadily making art (while still keeping one eye out for part-time job positions, because a pittance more helps).

Just wanted to revive this site to reveal a milestone in my pysanky-writing career: I’ve done my first ostrich eggshell (base material courtesy of the Wellington Zoo gift shop).

Post labour

It took nearly 20 hours to complete, four times as long as an average chicken egg; I timed it according to the runtime of the TV series I watched on DVD, while hunched in concentration on the floor for hours at a stretch.

This thought apparently horrifies some people, but it occurred to me upon completion that I might carve it up with my Dremel and making pendants and earrings out of the pieces as I’ve seen some people do. Friends have dared me to try and sell it whole on Etsy, so that’s what I’m aiming to do. At first.

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Oil on velvet!

August 29, 2009

I’d heard mixed ideas (some say Leeteg did it, some say it doesn’t last), but looks good so far!

Koru

Newest velvet, another Haeckel tribute.

July 27, 2009

Stephoidea

Latest velvet: the inimitable Steve Jobs.

July 15, 2009

Steve Jobs

Not laurels enough yet.

September 2, 2008

I’ve only been at writing pysanky for three years, I really hope the best isn’t behind me already. Maybe I’m just not inspired. Admittedly a lot of my favorite eggs are pretty unoriginal, being essentially fan art:

Figbash & Fantod Homage to Escher

This one arguably so, the subject being a friend and the egg itself a going-away prezzie to her:

Tempest On An Eggshell
(See Tempest’s own work at http://darklydramatic.com/tempest/)

This is about the only one that (IIRC) is completely original that I also love:

Swan Cameo Swan Cameo

Bah, insecurity. I’ll think of something new, eventually.

Back to the dye mines!

Currently favoring eggs over velvets.

August 30, 2008

I know I should really aim for honing my talent on my own terms rather than feeling pressed to monetize it so soon, but my invite to an upcoming festival has tempted me to convert my rather knickknacky notions into more wearable forms, since wearable art inevitably sells better:

earrings01

Bobwhite egg earrings decorated in the pysanky style.  I ordered the eggs preblown from an ebay seller years ago, along with some finch eggs which are much smaller and more fragile and may in fact be functionally useless for this kind of thing.  Do it anyway, I guess.

First attempt at actual paint on velvet.

July 11, 2008

Scanned:

velvetpeach

And photographed, with subject:

velvetpeach 001

You can zoom in really close on the first and see how matted the nap got with the acrylic paint. I either used too little or too much extender/retarder in an attempt to layer thin glazes of color. Note to self: lint roller first, and look into different brush types.

Also, I am 28 as of today. That is all.