Angora-ish rabbit

outdoor angora3_geverettstudiooutdoor angora4_geverettstudioFelted Angora Rabbit: top viewFelted Angora Rabbit: back view

 

Yesterday I managed to finish off the rabbit and I’m pretty happy with this little guy. Still have plenty more to learn! I’ll start the next rendition tomorrow. Today I completed the faces for the final batch of lamb wool dryer balls. All they need now is a wash, dry, box up and off to Texas.  I came to the conclusion that creating dryer balls wasn’t worth the time and energy. There might be one more small order from my dear neighbor, but that’s it. Moving on to the sculpture world!

This bunny already has an interested party in Portland, but she’s willing to wait until I get a few more under my belt before selling. It certainly makes me feel happy to know that they will find homes.

I signed up a few months back for a pretty amazing workshop taught by scuptural felting artist Kiyoshi Mino, but that will probably be cancelled pretty quick! Oh well. So it goes in the time of Covid-19.

Thanks for checking in! More to come tomorrow!

Gale

rabbit created using core wool from my friend’s sheep, top coat using blended shetland and merino wool. Interior has a wire armature.

Little projects

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In this time of pandemic, my husband and I stay home for work and life. He’s taken over the main space downstairs and I occupy my cluttered 10’x10′ room.  He’s fully connected to his co-workers in the Seattle area and gets to have a bit of social time online with them. Productivity seems to be increasing as he gets more comfortable with his new schedule.

The critters are still wondering what’s up with their humans being home all the time. The dogs wander around, wondering why we’re not taking them out walking at every opportunity. The cats do whatever they want, attacking me as I come upstairs for a tea break. Play time happens almost every hour! The cockatoo seems to get into screaming fits when Dave is on his morning conference calls. Oh the joys of a busy household.

I’m still trying to get used to the new work situation. Isolation is the norm for studio work, besides the critter company, and I feel stunted with another person in my space. A ceramics space has actually been created in the garage for when I REALLY need to get away from him and have quiet. Food seems to be on the brain constantly. Do we have enough so no one has to venture out? What amazing dish can I create to distract myself from the increasing numbers and stupidity from the orange nutcake in office? I’m certainly concerned for my extended family and friends who are elderly or have major medical problems. Just trying to keep calm and carry on with my work, enjoy life and everything I can get out to experience.

Yesterday we tried to retrieve our “fixed”car from the dealership 75 miles away. It was an impressive drive full of big dark clouds and sunshine on bright green landscape. Everything seemed wonderful. Unfortunately the car had other plans and will be staying longer. What was “fixed” wasn’t fixed. 3 hours of driving were just for distraction. Dave was a bit pissed since he had to take off so many hours of work.

Rabbits are taking the front stage for creative work right now. The above photo is my first attempt at a full body armature. It wasn’t quite right, but round 2 is possibly better. Lots of practice to get things right. I’ll post images tomorrow of the completed angora bun.

I hope everyone is staying home and keeping safe. Are you working on new projects? Creating a different living space? Eating more? I would love to hear.

Backyard Wildlife Book Collaboration

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Two years ago I created a hand-made book full of blank pages for 4 other artists (plus myself) to fill in. The title was “Backyard Wildlife” and totally open for the other artists to interpret this idea. We all live in different parts of the world: Karen and Anna are in Australia, Rebecca in Sweden, Cathe and I are in in USA. We met through blogging and our love of creating art.

How this project worked: Each artist created their own book and sent it off to the next person. We all worked on a page spread in each other’s books. This particular session did not have a time limit (which was good and bad). Eventually the books make it through the full group and end up on the creators desk. I finally opened mine yesterday to a total surprise of beauty, humor, and love.

Anna, the skink made me laugh like crazy especially hearing how large they get! I love him! Thank You!

Rebecca, I was delighted by the flip out page! What a great neighborhood you live in! Oh, that grumpy terrier is a hoot! I’m so glad to learn more about your neighborhood and what Dexter gets to experience. Thank You!

Karen, I can just imagine the delicate clematis winding its way over the rusty trellis and little bird friends coming to pick at it. So Sweet!!! It makes me want to visit your garden! I think I need to add a clematis to my yard this season. Thank You!

Cathe, I adore the crab apple! I’m waiting for them to start blooming on my neighborhood walks. It always surprises me at the depth of pink they display. So beautiful! Maybe next month they will start blooming. Thank You!

A huge thanks to all four amazing women! I love you all for your time and dedication to this book!

 

Contributing Artists:

Anna Warren: AnnaWarren.net

Cathe Jacobi: instagram:

Karen Bailey: Karen Bailey Studio

Rebecca Cary-Anderson: instagram: rebeccacaryandersonart     www.thepaintedpear.com

Gale Everett: Gale Everett Studio and this blog

 

Moby Head Completed!

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As I mentioned before, somewhere during this blogging experience, process is what drives me forward with any project. I find it amazing that laying down line after line, one can create an image that seems to work. Above is the full slideshow of Moby’s head from start to finish. Not all of my photos are super crisp, but you get the general idea.

This page was the final spread in my friend Cathe’s book. The journey started back in spring 2018 and is now completed after 5 artists placed pencil, pen, and watercolor to the pages of a hand-made book. The book has returned to Minnesota. I’ll be posting photos of my completed book this week. It was finally opened this morning and thoroughly enjoyed!!!

So, what’s next on the list of artistic ideas? Time will tell….

The Look

Isn’t He Done Yet?

The Look

Why do I keep picking at this image? It keeps festering on the drawingboard, receiving more marks in different areas, resolving questionable zones. I think I’m finally satisfied enough with his nose and the pencil is moving down into the muzzle zone. His chin hair is crazy! Do I really try to capture it or just tidy things up a bit? I think I’ll just tidy and resolve this flanks a bit more. Just make it read better!

Of course I said this image was going to be completed last Friday, but the week was a bit crazier than expected. This week too has been nutty due to hubby venturing into the COVID-19 hot zone of Seattle only to be pushed back home. The sister business he was visiting implemented a shut down due to an employee being exposed to the virus. Dave was sent packing back to Oregon. Quite a short trip for such a long drive.

The dogs are happy our household is back together. I didn’t even get the opportunity to enjoy his being gone. But the pup drawing is another step closer to moving back to Minnesota!

Resolve problems and let it go is today’s goal!

Tools used: graphite 6B lead and watercolor.

Starting the final book

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Finally, it’s started!! The drawing has quite a ways to go, but at least the pencil has hit the page. This drawing is part of the final book started by my art friend Cathe Jacobi. The book as made it around the world and has been resting on my desk for well over 1.5 years. Oh, the mental blocks that I’ve had to overcome….

The past few weeks have been packed with participating in a workshop south of the border and finishing a rat head for a show. The workshop took place in Oaxaca Mexico. Sunny, beautiful people, tasty food, amazing art and fingers in clay!  Eventually I’ll get the photos sorted and images taken of the finished fun.

In the mean time, enjoy the rat head. It’s currently on display at The Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Needle felted, 100%wool, horsehair whiskers, gold leaf on plywood.

Laundry sheep to Rabbit

 

laundry ballsI’ve been experimenting with lots of wool work since the beginning of January. Initially I focused on funding a new piece of equipment (a drum carder from an Oregon company) by creating needle felted wool dryer balls. Halfway through this “laundry sheep” project, I gave in and bought the equipment. Arms, shoulders and back muscles are already thanking me for this choice! Three orders remain on the books to produce, thus  completing the majority of funding. Fingers crossed on accomplishing them before heading on another adventure early in February.

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Natural white wool is beautiful, but color grabs my attention. Last summer during the Black Sheep Gathering (an event focused on all things woolly) I couldn’t resist purchasing jacquard acid dyes. First dye experiment was a crimson that went very pink, perfect for valentine hearts. Second dye was a chestnut and gold ochre combination. The results are in the above photo. This color combination started screaming for an animal creation which lead to a rabbit.

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Since we just passed lunar new year, my brain’s been thinking about the Chinese zodiac calendar. Year of the rabbit is four years away. How about creating all of the zodiac animals? I regret missing Ai Weiwei’s zodiac animals when they passed through Eugene and Portland. Maybe I should create my own!

Rabbits are a very comfortable creature to start with and Rat is following quickly. Then Ox, Tiger and the rest! Challenges keep the brain working. 🙂

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On a color side note: I combined chestnut with an Oatmeal MC1 batting from Living Felt. I didn’t work the colors together super well and that gave the stronger variation in the face. The rat is a combination of Coal MC1 from LF and chopped up natural white from my wool processing to achieve the blended gray. The core wool is from my own processing.

Border Collie completed

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Slowly the “to do” list is decreasing as 2019 comes to a close. Today I dropped off this cute Border Collie destined to reside in California. I hope it brings joy to it’s new owner. The people sending it were thrilled with the pup. Hearts are happy all around!

I think I’ll be pushing the critter creations in 2020. They bring me joy in creation and it’s touching to see reactions from those who receive them. Spinning and dying wool are also on the list. Knowing me I’ll branch off in other directions as things sprout up (printmaking, drawing, ceramics). The super large zebra print will also be carved and printed in 2020.

As of last month, I now own a pop-up 10 x 10 vendor tent for possible arts and crafts venues. One show I will enter is the Art in the Garden event at a local garden nursery. They have a big 2 day event that draws loads of folks with quite a bit of pocket money. I love to attend it every year as a patron.

May you all have a wonderful holiday if I don’t write again in 2019!

Happy Winter!

Gale

Post Safari Ideas

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It’s been 6 weeks since returning from Africa and not a peep from me regarding the trip. I managed to take thousands of images which have still yet to be figured out. Some images have already been sent off to become a 2020 calendar, others are starting to form ideas for future printmaking endeavors. Friends and family are still waiting to view images and videos taken…. I’ll get there soon!

The journey was incredible and I’m already trying to figure out how to return for another safari. So worth all the planning and air travel!!

So, what’s on  my workbench? #1- a certain book that’s very overdue. #2- a rather LARGE print block. 34″ x 24″ to be exact! I’m still blocking in the basic dark parts and probably won’t start cutting until mid December depending on other projects, but it’s started!

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Zebra with Oxpeckers first print will become a donation to the children’s group I support in Kenya. Hopefully my hands will be able to deal with the upcoming workout. Should be a fun experiment.

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the change of season and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. Eventually I’ll get some safari photos up. Here’s a fun one while you wait…

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Lioness in the morning sun. Maasai Mara, Kenya 2019 Gale Everett Studio