Thursday, August 11, 2011

Creative Cake Plates!

An artsy friend visited us last weekend and surprised us with this crafty cake plate.

The cake was scrumptious, but her clever design is well, truly, clever.

She put together an antique plate of our state, and attached it to a glass candlestick. A cake plate on a pedestal. How cool is that?!

So then my niece and I, inspired by my artsy friend, found a state plate and candlestick at the local Sunday flea market...

and, voila, created a gift for a family friend.

Takes the cake, eh?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pastured, Beyond Organic at Polyface Farms

After just finishing reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals", my hubby and I happened to be enjoying a long weekend in the Charlottesville, Va area touring the homes of our founding fathers/presidents. Charlottesville is an hour away from Polyface Farms. The farm is discussed in depth in the book as a source of beyond organic, clean meat, pastured animals.

For $15, why not stop by and take the Lunatic Tour? (yes, that's what it's called) And, so we did.


The Egg-mobile:

Hubby and Michael, the angelic guard dog:

The happiness of "Pig-ness":

The porch swing at the sales building:

Joel Salatin talking about his beeves:

The amazing story of sunlight to grass:

The Splendor of Grass at Polyface Farms from Cheryl Kugler on Vimeo.

And big ole' scale in the sales building:

Lunatic? Not so much!, But, definitely thought-provoking. The day was rainy, making the fields soggy and muddy - which translated to walking the route versus the planned tractor-pulled wagon ride. Note to self - bring rubber boots next time!

Joel touts that his farm is transparent and it is indeed.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chair Sculpture for 3D Design Class

I decided to take a 3-D design class this past semester, and just finished it this week! We worked in wood, clay, plaster, and metal.

One of the more challenging projects was to find an old wooden chair, tear it apart and make a sculpture from the pieces. The final design was not to resemble a sitting chair, be composed from all angles, create "triangulation", define space beneath the sculpture, and have a sense of force.

And, here is my finished project, titled "Sitting Around":

The local art critic stopped by to give her two cents...

The sculpture made it into the student honors art show and took first place for 3-D design.

On a side note, the chair is actually made from two tavern table chairs. I found them along side a curb, out for trash pick-up on my way home from work. Do you think I should return the chair as sculpture to the place that I found the chairs? ;)

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Thunderstorms Illustration for Sparkle Magazine

Summer is well on it's way (er, well, that is if it will ever stop raining here in Pennsylvania this Spring!). But, the continual rain does give a perfect segway to introduce the most recent illustration that I completed for Sparkle magazine, a young girls club magazine.

The illustration:
Two sisters huddle in dad's ole' pick-up truck after they get caught in a thunderstorm in their backyard.

The activity:
Find the two matching thunder/lightning clouds.

What fun! I can remember loving these kind of magazine activities when I was little.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Painted Violins" for the Harrisburg Symphony

The "Painted Violins" is a fundraising project for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Twelve violins painted by Central Pennsylvania artists will be auctioned off on April 3 to benefit the organization.

As a selected artist, I chose to represent the composition "Carnival of the Animals" by French composer Camille Saint-Saƫns.

The Challenge:
To fit 14 movements on the small violin:
*March of the Lion
*Hens and Roosters
*Wild Asses
*The Elephant
*Characters with Long Ears
*The Cuckoo
*The Swan

The Sketch:

Painting In Progress:


A local news clip about the project:

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Icy Icicle Gardens

Eye candy. Clear, sparkling ice encasing everything in our gardens. Gorgeous! Hard to believe that was just a few weeks ago. And then yesterday, temperatures soared to 70 F - something us Pennsylvanians usually don't see until May.

The icy beauty:

The mail person is probably going to be late:

Magnolia buds patiently awaiting the thaw:

So delicate...

Loving the hint of green...

Anyone for a hike?

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

CSI of the Cookie Jar!/Sparkle Magazine Illo

Somebody stole the cookies from the cookie jar! A crime scene investigation is underway. That's the latest illustration I just completed for Sparkle Magazine/GEMS Girls Clubs.

The Final Illustration:

The Sketch:

A thumbprint from the illustration below will be added beside each family member's photo at the bottom of the illustration. The Sparkle graphic designer will then add thumbprints throughout the illustration, and the young reader will have to figure out 'who did it'!

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