Sunday, October 31, 2010


September, Magic and I completed our migration, returning to PA. Paula and I converged in Lancaster for the Pembroke Welsh corgi National specialty. Combining her paintings and my sculptures resulted in a lovely booth. It was a pleasure to be around so many wonderful dogs (and people). It definitely brought up wonderful memories of my Tinker and Topaz. Paula immortalized them in her painting "Security".

You might remember from my posting in May, all the wonderful corgi reference I gathered. The inspiration resulted in the dreation of a number of new works featuring the corgi.  The smaller pieces are little studies capturing some typical corgi attitudes. "Sleepy", "Sit" and "Rollover" are miniatures in bronze.

Slightly larger, in the 3-4" high and about 6"long, are "Speedy", and "Playful". All these have been done in red and white and tri.

Corgis are very curious and have an abundance of energy. They were used to drive cattle, herd ANYTHING else, keep the rats down and take care of the kids. They are a large dog in a small package. Their curiousity is insatiable, and they can crawl into your heart in a moment. Well, at least into mine. In this larger sculpture  the corgi had been playing ball when something came by on the other side of the fence, a cat? another dog? maybe a butterfly, or better yet, you. 'The Garden Fence" is 12"high.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Summer Continues

August proved to be as busy as can be; exciting and challenging. Magic and I continued our regular walks, one of my favorite times in Colorado. Morning sunrises and evening sunsets are renewing inspirations for me. Hands in clay occupied my day. New Corgi works, touch up on an elephant I had started at the Evergreen Gallery during a wonderful open house, and for fun, (as if all that wasn't fun) a roadrunner! After Vic and my adventure at the Brookfield Zoo watching the roadrunners in a fun natural exhibit, I knew one would errupt at sometime, so here it is in clay. (#1 is taken, bbut let me know if you are interested, edition of 20).
The sculpture shows in Loveland came and went so quickly I hardly knew what hit me. I had a lovely booth at the Invitational. Weather was good and so were the crowds. "The Offering", my giraffe with its 2 hornbill friends, sat in the center where many people stopped to get have a giggle. Love all those smiles!

Best of all was getting to deliver it to its new home after the show. It will live in a lovely rock garden.
It was only a short time of working on waxes, getting the next group of pieces ready for foundry when it was time for the next big adventure:
The 50th Anniversary show/celebration of the Society of Animal Artists!
Off to San Diego! Many of us stayed at the Town and Country resort where meetings and greetings and headquarters were set. It's a lovely place, roses and cosey places to sit, 3 restaurants to choose from right there as well as being right on the trolley station, and a mall across the street. I shared a room with artist Sandra Blair. We had a blast!
Getting in a day early allowed me to visit with an old friend and then a special surprise (indulge me, I'm a grandma) a surprise visit from my daughter and grandson Isaiah!

We found a lovely playground and of course some water!
The Society had so many activities! Besides our wonderful chances to meet and greet ( I don't think Bob and Diane Mason had a moment of privacy) we headed to the Wild Animal Park. My favorite was the shoebilled stork. It looks like it stepped right out of Alice and Wonderland.
Another highlight of the day was the cheetah! My favs always. 2 young cheetahs got lunch, hand fed by a keeper who obviously addors them.The cheetahs each had their own place to stand and waited patiently as she alternated handed them their yummy meat.
Oh, confusion set in here. But then, the order doesn't matter, just that it all happened. Our first adventure was a whale watching adventure! Although the whales were scarce, we saw seals, sealions, gulls, pelicans, and much more. Porpoises played with us as we returned to the harbor.

Being animal artists, we couldn't have been happier with a day at the San Diego Zoo. Since my piece in the SAA show is my Guenon monkey, "The Sage", I was happy to find that the zoo has Guenon's! (photo of live guenon courtesy of Annie Coulter who came to my rescue when my camera decided not to work in the low light).

We spent the whole day winding the many paths through the zoo, spending much time in the aviaries. By evening we were quite happy to enjoy a wonderful dinner right there in an area just for us.
The bird show was amazing, clever and entertaining. Before the show we enjoyed an intimate moment with a young Eurasian eagle owl who needed some exposure to people for his training. Sweet!
I couldn't help but make friends with this little polar bear.
Saturday was our meeting with an amazing talk by Robert Bateman. After a wonderful lunch I had the priveledge of riding with Bob and his lovely wife Birgit to our opening at the Natural History Museum. There I was one of a few of our artists to be giving demos for the public. Kids love to see the animals happening out of lumps of clay and I had clay to share with those who just couldn't help but get their hands busy. A few of us took an extra day to just wind down and visit the harbor in San Diego. All too soon we were on our way home.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Arriving back in CO for the summer, Magic and I fell into a wonderful schedule of walking and work.
 An open house at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery had me talking to some wonderful people while working on a new elephant sculpture.
Inspiration and fun came from a visit to the Denver Botanical Gardens where instalations of Henry Moore sculptures were framed by beautiful plantings.

July some very special people came to visit. My daughter Heather and grandson Isaiah! (see them in the web series http/ ) We visited the zoo, played in fountains at a park, visited the mall downtown Boulder and met friends at my favorite place for brunch (and hike) Chatauqua park.

One of my favorite places, The Flatirons.

Isaiah and I shared a special moment together.

A special treat at the Denver Zoo was a chance to see the new infant orangutan and we saw a fossa!
I had never seen a live fossa before! Unfortunately he was not very cooperative as far as photography.
They are found in Madagascar

I really did get some work done, but the high country called me again and a trip up Mt Evans became a necessity. Beautiful mountain terrain just fills my soul and the area is known for good mountain goat viewing. We were not dissappointed.