New Bone Jewelry

Here are a few new pieces from my found in nature collection.

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From left to right
Necklace made from raccoon ribs and agate.
Earrings made from Deer bones
Pendant made from a raccoon bacculum.

Currently I only offer my bone creations at shows. However I hope to have them available online in the future.

Flower Faerie Jewelry.

I just posted these new pieces from my Flower Faerie Jewelry collection on Facebook for sale. Pop over to my Facebook page and send me a message to purchase. You can also commission custom colors just in time for the holidays.

Fun, colorful, and light weight you can have a big bold earring that won’t weigh your ears down. This collection features Swarovski Crystal accents. Necklaces measure 19-20 inches in length.

Large Flower Earrings are $18 a pair. Small Flower Earrings $15 a pair. I also have a limited quantity of earring and necklace sets for $38 a pair.

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Outdoor adventures

This past week I have had family visiting from Germany. Luckily for me my cousin and I share the love of the outdoors. So I have taken her on a series of adventures to show her natural Florida.

There is so much inspiration and beauty right in your own back yard if you only know where to look.

Here are a some pictures from our adventures.

Hillsborough River State Park.

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Weeki Wachee River

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Lake Parker, Polk County

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Bone Moth #1

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I just wanted to take a moment to share my newest piece. It is a painted bone sculpture. Made of found bones, mostly raccoon, which were then painted and wired onto a wooden plaque.

Inktober- Stepping Away From the Eraser

I have never been much of an inker. In fact the lack of an eraser I find a bit intimidating. Which is really kind of funny considering my preference for watercolors.

Well in honor of Inktober I have done a couple of ink drawings. Very little, if any, pencil planning was done on these. As I was challenging myself to step away from the eraser and just let art happen.

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On this wolf I used Micron pens in black and sepia, as well as a sanguine brush pen and a touch of sanguine Prismacolor pencil. But my set up was very minimal lightly sketching out the eyes, snout and tips of the ears before jumping right on the inks.

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For my merganser I did a rather quick drawing with a sharpie a last week. Using a calendar photo as a reference. This was my first inktober drawing and was where I started to test putting down the eraser.

I plan on doing at least a few more ink drawings this month to stretch my skills and comfort level. Up until now ink has been something I used sparingly in watercolors to add tiny details. Maybe in the future it will become more.

Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve- Underwater Resource Training.

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It is no secret I love being outdoors. I love seeing the different environments and ecosystems. It is this love that is reflected in my artwork and that has led me to a career in the environmental field. Last week that day job sent several of us to a training for underwater resource identification. The objective was to learn how to recognize and identify the underwater marine resources that are present in our area. This included a day on the water in Tampa Bay, and ended with a pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I was lucky that there were more than a couple of underwater cameras. I would love to use these images as part of a larger artwork sometime in the future. But for now check out some of the photos of our adventure.

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Red Bellied Woodpecker Painting

There was a little momma red bellied woodpecker who visited my yard quite frequently this past season. I was rather surprised to see her hanging precariously from my seed feeder of a regular basis. As the summer went on her visits continued. One day, much to my delight she was there with her two fledgling offspring. Watching them grow brought me great joy. I look forward to their return next season.

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Goals – Where I wanted my art to go two and a half years ago.

Do you ever make lists, only to loose them and find them later?
Me, I write things down all the time only to forget to ever look at them again.

A few weeks ago I found something in a book. Something that had been long forgotten. But now that it has been found has shown me just how far I have come and how much further I have left to go.

Back in March 2012 I was camping alone behind my artist tent at a festival in South Florida. There are two parts to these festivals. There is the part that happens when the public is around. Then the after hours festivities which have the own special magic. I turned in early, no longer able to handle being the lone mosquito magnet at the drum circle. Retreating to my tent, I read by flashlight until the drums and chanting began to lull me to sleep. The book I had brought with me was Art Marketing 101. I must have been reading about setting goals because I made a list of artist goals for myself on an index card.

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My March 2012 goals for my art.

Fast forward to September 2014. I had long since forgotten my list, but had pulled out the book because I was needing to reference some information for a project I was working on. In it I found a pink index card dated March 2012. It was my list of artist goals which I had set for myself. That one little piece of paper told me how far I have come and how far I still have to go in my journey. Some of the goals I have met, others I am still working on, and some still I have discovered are just not quite for me. I decided to take a look at what have accomplished and what I still wish to work towards.

Publish an Art Book– I am still nowhere near ready for this. One day I will but for now I am going to move this one to my list of long term goals. This is one of those that just needs time to develop and is best not to rush.

Illustrate a Children’s Book– This one I have just recently accomplished. I found to to be a challenging experience both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. I cannot wait to see the finished product, and look forward to future opportunities to work with authors to bring their characters to life.

Have my art in at least three stores by years end– At first I took this to be consignment type arrangements. I did have my artwork placed in two stores breifly. However I found this arrangement to be complicated and have not yet found the best fit for me. It has been some time since I have placed my art in a storefront. I am going to be revisiting this but think I will take a different approach to future agreements with store owners.

Illustrate Book Covers– So far I have done a couple of book covers. The first of which never went to publication and the artwork just sits in my collection. I have however been able to make some money selling the unclaimed images. This is an area that I look forward to the opportunity to do more of in the future.

Develop my Nature Art Line– The past few years my artwork has taken a much more nature centric focus. I am very happy with the developments I have made in this realm. My decision to focus more on the nature art and realism has made me a much stronger artist.

Steven Foster Folk Festival– I have not make it up there yet, but hope to at least visit it to see if it will be a good addition to my even schedule. I have drastically increased the number of events and shows that I attend and have also expanded my range further around the state. There are even plans in the works to start including some out of state events as well.

Take Larry Elmore’s Class– I have done this not once but twice. I could not be happier with how much I grew as an artist and on a personal level that first class. Not only did I gain valuable artistic skills I met some wonderful people who are now part of my art family.

Increase Licensing– I will admit I did not really look in to this much at all. In time I may revisit it but I want to grow more first.

Comic Books– I am not quite sure what I was thinking, but I don’t think that this is for me. But that is a whole other story.

Increase Level of Realism– On this I can say that I have made some really great strides. However I am no where near where I want to be. This is an area that I will continue to work at for as long as I am an artist.

My homework assignment to myself, and to you, is to make a new list of goals. Mine will be a bit more refined than that first list, and will include both short term and long term goals. As well as time frames that I would like to see things accomplished.