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Visual Arts: Diverse Endeavors

Though I've done (and sold) some small three-dimensional sculptures, what I'm including here are some odds and ends. Liquid Metal on Wood. Incised Clay. Metal Work in Jewelry, one oil.  None of this classifies as "ART" in capital letters - it does give the writer a different dimension in which to express one's self. Most, though not all, writers experiment with different types of writing. In dabbling, they find their niche, or niches. 

Writers tend to be observant of both realities and nuances. I think that's why so many also find that their most pleasurable leisure activities lie in other areas of  the creative arts: visual arts, musical arts, the art of cooking, and so on. Often, writing is combined with one or more of those arts: the art critic, book reviewer, the photojournalist, the cookbook author, etc. I know that my need to write is fueled by an understanding that a culture's art and writings reflect what that culture is. To that end, I've tried to go beyond just admiring or appreciating, and tried some "doing."

As a kid of about seven, I "invented" the crochet chain-stitch using a cloth belt. I was so pleased with my creation - and quite surprised to learn that I'd invented something that already existed. The pleasure is in the doing, however, and in seeing the humble results. Though I recognize that my efforts are folk-like, I'm not embarrassed that the crafts are simple. They're my own and every mother thinks her children are attractive in some way, even if not in the conventional sense. 

Star Island Chapel incised clay

"Gulls and Star Island Chapel"
(wall plaque; incised clay; 
silver and gold paint;
approx. 3" x 4")

il: metal on slate

"Molten Tresses"
(hair: metal on slate;  face: incised slate;
4 1/2" x 12 1/2" at widest points)

 
il: metal on wood

"Early Bird"
(metal on pine;
3 12" x 6")


 

il: copper pendant

"Copper Eagle Pendant"
(combination of copper bas relief
and incised copper;
approx. 1 12" x 2 1/2")

il: oil

"Missellipse"
(oil painting; 9" x 12")

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