Well it's time for the 2010 barns to go somewhere else and here is the first of them. I want them to become more like canvases and have a more painterly quality and this is sort of where I am right now. I'm sure this will evolve, but I love American flag motifs, I have a bunch of stuff around the house that has the flag pattern and it's a very comforting design for me.
One thing that has me stuck is all of the directions I like to go and how to meld it all together. I like making the pendants and would like to make them into jewelry pieces, I like making raku vases and I like these barns. Somehow the turquoise raku and this new flag pattern don't seem to match. I only notice this problem when I am putting together a CD of images for a show and they ask for three or five images. How can you properly represent who you are as an artist with threee photos!? People that have a very distinct style and only make a few forms have no problem with this I'm sure, but I have a big problem trying to sort it out and show who I am (flaky artist). So I usually just send images of the barns and surprise everyone with raku and pendants. This is an organizing and planning week for me so probably not a lot will get made, we'll see......and that Etsy shop needs attention. I'm not really liking how much time is required to make an Etsy shop work, but I like having it, so on to the tedium.