Thursday, September 22, 2011


So, I'm starting on my first piece of the dip net series. This one is going to be from the seagull perspective. They are such a crack up on the beach when you are fishing, fighting over fish heads, hopping around hoping to get fish eggs from someone who is cleaning fish.
I realized as I started designing that these are going to complicated and challenging pieces. I'm working on the side panels for this bag and while the seagulls went smoothly, the little fisherman was tricky, (small,small beads). Now the water is going to be even trickier, if I can bead it the way I have it drawn. Or I could sort of cop out and make it super simple. Tomorrow I have to make up my mind.  I really struggle with realistic wave, shading, getting the right murky water colors. There's going to be a lot of this in this series so I might has well dive in.

p.s. I'm not looking forward to doing sand either...

Monday, September 5, 2011


Just had two people stop into the gallery on their bikes, they were riding from Soldotna to Homer and then going to catch the ferry to Kodiak. Seems like a lot of labor and makes me feel like I don't exercise enough... At least the wind was at their backs. Labor day means fall has come and the end of summer. It always comes to soon and makes me feel wistful.
These are my Labor Day pieces . The Hawk Vest, I made years ago but I can still remember the many, many hours of labor that went into it. And this gear and raven bag is appropriate because I think it was the machinist union that started labor day, maybe, does anyone know for sure?