Sep 10, 2010

A Walk, a Puppy and the Weekly Tray

Tosh and I have been homeschooling for two weeks now. The first week we had a lot of trouble with excessive wiggling. So this week Tosh and I have been going for walks in the morning with our friends, Sarah and Sophie. This morning was rainy and beautiful. We walked around Ward Lake. Then the kids cut loose and played in the grass. 

Tosh, an aspiring cowboy.


A very lucky boy

Sarah and Sophie

I collected some bits of nature for the studio on our walk.  I have some blue trimmed artist's trays that I adore. I put whatever I'm working on in them. They frame my projects and make them feel like they are already pieces of art, even before they are finished. I'm going to a post what's in my tray at least once a week. Here is the first:

Here are the bits all ready to be scattered around the studio. I'm always happier when I have plants around. The bottles in the foreground are old soap containers from the bathroom in the studio-way too cool to live under the sink.

In other news, my mom got a puppy. 

It's name is Doc Watson.

Sep 7, 2010

Labor Day's Photoshoot

I lucked out this Monday and had the perfect combination of time, weather and use of my Mom's Nikon digi SLR. Not to mention the backdrop that my parent's floating home and welding shop provides- beautiful Tongass Narrows. Here's a few shots....

Large Mermaid, 'Hilo'

Small Mermaid Purse, 'Seed'

Let It Rain Hat 'Sprite'

Beachcomber Bag 'Mardi Gras'

Mermaid Pouch 'Shallows'

Davey Jones Messenger 'Kraken'

Davey Jones Messenger 'Jaws'

The Neighbour: Rio Grande

Photograher, Artist, Assistant... A one girl show...


Sep 5, 2010

Blueberry Arts Festival 2010

The first Saturday of August brings Ketchikan our annual Blueberry Arts Festival. A time of frenzied artists, delicious crepes, kids with blue cotton candy overloads, music by overeager teenagers and beer drinking. All of this to celebrates our abundance of a lovely little berry. I am one of those frenzied artists and when the booth is tucked away I celebrate the abundance with another Alaskan speciality: 
Alaskan Amber.

Here are a few pictures of my Salty Designs booth from the festival....

Large Mermaid Purses

Small Mermaid Purse with Mermaid Pouches

Tunicate Laptop bag and small Mermaid Purse

Let it Rain Hat

Davey Jones Messenger Bags

Snapper Wallets

Sadly I haven't managed to take pictures of the rest of the evening. But you can imagine. Same girl, rosier cheeks and much funnier jokes.