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ARTICLE
May
31
2014
Bamboo Beginnings

A Shower Accent


Bamboo Beginnings

Bill & Linda met me at the Winter Park Art Festival and now I'm creating a bamboo wall art piecel for their newly renovated master bathroom. This location is perfect for a piece of undulating wall art.

Two murals are made. Each has different lines - but the real difference will come in color. I'll glaze both with a cool blue surface, much like the mural shown below. I'm working with their grey floor tile and the wall color to create a perfect accent piece.

I used a slate grey stain on the background of this first mural with green on the bamboo stalks and accents of blue on background.

The second wall art mural has a brighter blue background with green stalks and red leaves. Bill and Linda looked at both murals and decided the quieter slate grey/blue/green mural was their pick. But wait...I decided to deliver rather than ship it and once in the home...they switched. This vibrant blue bamboo mural now hangs next to the shower in their master bath. Thank you both so much for making me a part of creating a beautiful bathroom!
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Selected!


Selected!


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Closeup Sample


Closeup Sample


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volume...


volume...


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The Location


The Location


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Bamboo sample


Wall art

Bamboo sample


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More detail


More detail


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full shot


full shot


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Bamboo 2


Bamboo 2


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Texture detail


Texture detail


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Glazing #1


Glazing #1


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Grey & blue


Grey & blue


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My stains


My stains


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#1 Clear over color


#1 Clear over color


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Grey blue & green


Shooting for slate grey blue & green

Grey blue & green


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#2 glaze detail


before the firing

#2 glaze detail


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#2 glaze fullshot


before the firing

#2 glaze fullshot


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Bamboo #1 Final


Bamboo #1 Final


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Bamboo #2 Final


Bamboo #2 Final


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Side by Side


Side by Side


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The 2nd Option....


The 2nd Option....


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On the Wall!


On the Wall!


ARTICLE
Mar
16
2014
Leon's Backsplash

Result #3


Leon's Backsplash

My Sarasota client is renovating his kitchen and has hired me to create a sculptural wall mural as the backsplash behind his 6-burner viking stove.

Below are some shots of the backsplash in process. The total mural size is 18"h x 36"w. I made 3 renditions and they're now drying on my ware racks.

We have had a surprising amount of rain, (and my new studio has only 2 small windows) so everything is drying quite slowly.

The counter will be granite; the tiles surrounding the mural will be 2" x 6" Subway tiles with a beveled 'listello' tile as a border for the mural.

The colors and feel we're looking at are best shown in the samples below of other finished pieces. Though Leon's home has a calm feeling, he has a bold sense of color with the accent walls in the adjacent living-room this dusty peacock blue.

All 3 murals are glazed & fired. Here are the results - now we'll see which one Leon selects.
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Drawings


Drawings


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On Table


On Table


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#1 Mural


#1 Mural


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#1 detail left


#1 detail left


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#1 right detail


#1 right detail


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My Studio...


My Studio...


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#2 Mural


#2 Mural


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#2 left


#2 left


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#2 right


#2 right


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early process


early process


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#3 Mural


#3 Mural


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#3 left detail


#3 left detail


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#3 right


#3 right


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Drying on racks


Drying on racks


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Waiting!


Waiting!


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Mural cutout


Mural cutout


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before tiling


before tiling


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Subway tile


Subway tile


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Granite!


Granite!


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Blue Accents


Blue Accents


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glaze begins


glaze begins


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more color


more color


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ready to load


ready to load


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sample feel


sample feel


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sample 2


sample 2


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Result #1


Result #1


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Result #2


Result #2


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Result #3


Result #3


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A color test


A color test


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Another test


Another test


ARTICLE
Jan
30
2014
Private Showings

2 choices


Private Showings

It comes up often as I travel across the country. I meet people who love my wall murals... but they're just not sure. That makes sense to me. It's one thing to see these sculptural murals on a wall at an outdoor art show, but quite another to visualize it on your wall.

That's where my PRIVATE SHOWING offer helps. At art shows I often bring murals over to a client’s home to see if the art works on their wall. This is a NO OBLIGATION, NO STRINGS ATTACHED offer. If they love it, I hang it. If it doesn't work, no problem, it goes back in the truck and I'm on my way. I trust the process and they get to make a decision from a place of clarity. It’s a win-win.

I offered this PRIVATE SHOWING to Carol & Gary in Melbourne, Florida last year. They took me up on my offer to bring 2 pieces by their home. I held each one up to the wall... but they still couldn't decide. So... I put the mounting board on the wall (this part is easier than you think!) and asked them to leave the room as I hung the first piece. They walked into the room & loved it, but they still weren’t sure. Carol & Gary left the room again, I replaced the first mural with their second choice. They loved that one too! Oh, dear, which one to choose? That’s when the whole family took part. After their children voted, it was unanimous and Twilight Grove went on the wall. It was fun and a true family decision!

You too can demystify the process. See how easy the hanging system is (that's why I'm so eager to offer to install them) and then see for yourself which piece of artwork belongs in your home.

Each year I drive all over Florida, to Texas and out to Colorado. During that time I offer to do private showings before, between and after my art shows. What the heck, I think, if I'm driving by your neighborhood anyway. It’s no big deal for me – and you get the confidence of knowing your decision is a good one.

HAVE YOU BEEN LOOKING AT MY WALL WORK, BUT JUST AREN'T SURE? GIVE ME A CALL OR DROP ME A NOTE AND LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION. It may be that a private home showing is just what you need.

Of course if you want me to create a wall mural JUST FOR YOU, I can do that too. That is a bit of a longer process, but comes with input, choices, a private showing and installation too!

Below are some of the happy homes that found my Sculptural Wall Murals. And here are some TESTIMONIALS. Let me know if you want a private showing of one or more of my sculptural wall murals. I’d love to work with you – no pressure & no obligation.

I hope to hear from you!

Brenda
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Which One?


Which One?


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Family Decision!


Family Decision!


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A Perfect Fit.


A Perfect Fit.


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options!


options!


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Happy Marilyn!


Happy Marilyn!


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Keepin an Eye Out


Keepin an Eye Out


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An Outdoor Install


An Outdoor Install


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Above A Couch...


Above A Couch...


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A Meditation Room


A Meditation Room


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An Accent Wall...


An Accent Wall...


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In A Bathroom


In A Bathroom


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Or Dining Room


Or Dining Room


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An Entryway


An Entryway


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A Headboard


A Headboard


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An Executive Office


An Executive Office


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A Modern Bedroom


A Modern Bedroom


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Outdoor Balcony!


Outdoor Balcony!


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In An Arch...


In An Arch...


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A Formal Frame


A Formal Frame


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You Decide!


You Decide!


ARTICLE
Jan
3
2014
Prayer Wheel

Copper Prayer Wheel


Prayer Wheel

I have been a yogi for over 12 years, and though I am familiar with the Om, I never knew about the Tibetan Prayer Wheel.

It is carved with the Tibetan symbolism of Om Mane Padme Hum. The wheel is balanced on a fulcrum with a bearing so it spins. Each time the wheel is spun, the Om prayer, which calls to end suffering for all living beings, is sent out into the universe.

Buddhists teach the Prayer Wheel harmonizes the environment, increases compassion & encourages a peaceful state of mind.

The Tibetan Om is beautiful and I love the mantra. So I decided to make one for me. After I completed it, I thought it would be a great one-day workshop. So... I'm designing a workshop with the working title: "Meditations in Clay: Making Your Own Prayer Wheel". If all goes well, I'll debut it this summer in Boulder, Colorado. In the meantime, I hope to make 3 sizes of Prayer wheels.

I will mount them on a base so it spins; the finial will be on top.




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Tibetan Prayer Wheel


Tibetan Prayer Wheel


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Prayer Wheel


Prayer Wheel


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Another side


Another side


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Om finial: front


Om finial: front


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Om finial: back


Om finial: back


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hazelnut/lime


hazelnut/lime


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Finished Wheel


Finished Wheel


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Another View


Another View


ARTICLE
May
29
2013
Jim & Sheryll

On the Wall!


Jim & Sheryll

Jim & Sheryll just built a beautiful home in rural Ohio. This dream house is set back in the woods, overlooking a grove of trees, beyond which is a river.

The mural is going on the living room wall, which is lit up by a host of large windows looking onto a beautiful view of trees and a river just beyond.

Jim & Sheryll want to pull the feeling of outside...inside. They gave me some photos, told me the colors they like and said 'have at it'.

Here is a glimpse of their home, views & the process of creation, from start to finish. As I do with all clients, I made two renditions, so the client gets to select the piece that fits best in their home.
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View from deck...


View from deck...


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The River & Trees...


The River & Trees...


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Fireplace & Wall


Fireplace & Wall


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#1: The beginning


#1: The beginning


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#1: Trees & river


#1: Trees & river


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#1: Before volume


#1: Before volume


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#1: Filling in details


#1: Filling in details


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#1: Undulations....


#1: Undulations....


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#1: A river emerges


#1: A river emerges


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#2: Textures...


#2: Textures...


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#2: River-Bridge


#2: River-Bridge


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#2: Full Mural


#2: Full Mural


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#1 Glazing


#1 Glazing


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# 1 Finished!


# 1 Finished!


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detail glaze #1


detail glaze #1


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#2 Finished!


#2 Finished!


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Selected & Hung


Selected & Hung


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