A few years after my husband and I were married I decided to take some pottery classes. I really enjoyed these classes. In fact, I ended up renting studio space for the summer and produced the following works:
The "infamous" fertility pot. Shortly after making this I became pregnant for the 1st time! In fact, I became pregnant on 5 separate occasions. Sadly, only 2 came to fruition. I miscarried the other 3. I like to say I now have 3 saints in heaven praying for us.
I went from there to a study of the "female form" and this is what I came up with.
After which, I went totally abstract. This work I call "Metamorphosis". It is suppose to be a representation of the new, emerging woman I was becoming: Child of God, wife and mother. A whole new chapter of my life was beginning. My conversion to the Catholic faith occurred during this time.
And here is a collection of serving bowls that I made and still use to this day.
A detail of my "Rooster Bowl" (upper right in above photo).
Willingdon". It is based on myself and 2 friends who would get together a few times per month (at alternating homes) with our kids. We would drink wine and "whine". We would also create wonderful food. We, along with the kids, always had a great time. I sure miss them. One, who was on the same level as me spiritually, moved away due to her husband's job transfer. She is represented on the far left. And, yes, she really wore lots of animal print. The other thought I became "too Catholic" when I started homeschooling. So sad. She's the one in the middle. That leaves li'l ol' petite me on the right.
Well since I'm "too Catholic" I'll just have to go ahead and show you a sketch I did of Jesus, based upon the image on the Shroud of Turin.
And Heaven forbid if the kids ever went trick or treating on Halloween without a homemade, designed from scratch, costume!
(That's an emu, on the right, by the way)Finally, a few years back I decided to take an oil painting class from a neighbor and friend. This is a detail of the very 1st painting I have ever done. It is based on a photo of my kids in the Kansas prairie behind my sister's country home.
I went from there to produce an "Ode to Cezanne". Heck, I was pleased that I painted anything resembling trees, walls and homes!
Then there's my daughter's favorite. I painted this, for her, to commemorate the passing of our beloved feline, Phoebe. It really looks just like her and I was very pleased with the outcome.
Unfortunately, oil painting is also a long, drawn out process. It takes a very long time to "cure" and clean up is, unfortunately, messy, toxic and time consuming. I think I might try acrylics next.
I enjoyed sharing these with all of you. I do realize these works are amateurish, but they come from the heart and from the soul. I firmly believe we all have God given talents. I pray that you will all be able to tap into "artist within".