Posted tagged ‘art’

Scenes from April

May 25, 2013
Art duo Guerra del la Paz had a residency at Northern, and here's one of the pieces they created with the students.

Art duo Guerra del la Paz had a residency at Northern, and here’s one of the pieces they created with the students.

 

Blizzard.  In April.

Blizzard. In April.

Random building in Aberdeen that I found.  Who wouldn't want to buy furniture here?

Random building in Aberdeen that I found. Who wouldn’t want to buy furniture here?

An event at the Students Center where the Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed and art was auctioned off. Art by Sara Christensen Blair.

An event at the Students Center where the Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed and art was auctioned off. Art by Sara Christensen Blair.

 

 

 

Precious Moment

January 7, 2013

The other day I spent the morning helping a friend with an art project. She needed to smash several Precious Moments figurines and I helped her capture the excitement. Here’s some of the set-up:

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Before.

One tiny Statue of Liberty.

One tiny Statue of Liberty.

During.

During.

After.

After.

I’ll not give anything away, as this is not my project, I was just the assistant. I assure you my friend has nothing against Precious Moments nor the people who collect them.  I promise to  update everyone once the show is up and running at the end of the month.

Needless to say I have many more pictures like this one:

Next in line.

Next in line.

Adventures in masking

November 27, 2010

Stained Woods and I are in the process of moving to South Dakota.  Here’s a few pics of my dismantled work spaces.

Oh, and I’ve found some new masking materials.  Tape with attached plastic sheeting for additional masking.  Very useful for painting the ceiling, but not sure if it will be added into the Stained Woods inventory.

Yes, the stained glass below is my work, too.

Moving on, with lessons learned

July 25, 2010

I’ve blogged about my IATSE 618 logo project several times.  I am feeling the need to get the final project out of my head, so I can move on to something else. I tried several new techniques, most of which turned out rather well:  New stencil paper, arced tape lines, stencil numbers and letters.  I’ve learned a few unexpected lessons along the way as well:  Don’t over-burnish the tape, ’cause you’ll get dimples; the stencil numbers are rather sticky and the wood needs to be cleaned after use; and most importantly, measure the length of the nails used in the sawtooth picture hanger.  I couldn’t fix the last problem, and have been angry at myself for this simple mistake for quite awhile.  It’s time to move on.

Not that I won’t come back to it, but I think I need to mix it up a bit.

Finishing the RBS base

April 23, 2009

Yes, it’s finally time to finish the base.  Sanding:  done.  Stain:  done.  Touch-up:  done.  Now it’s time for the tung oil, which is mostly about drying time, anyway.  I’ve noticed that I kept simplifying the design.  Some ideas didn’t even make it on paper.  My husband mentioned that the base is rather different than my other pieces.  I explained (and showed) him that I didn’t want to compete with the sculpture, and once the marbles start moving there will be plenty of action.  I think he agrees.  Here’s a sneak peak:

Done staining

RBS progress

April 8, 2009

Transfer paper is a good thing.

Transfer paper is a good thing.

Yes, there’s been some activity on the rolling ball sculpture base! I have a lovely piece of maple that I spent what seems like years sanding. (And, I STILL might have to do more!) I even worked on a bit of extra maple for stain samples, but didn’t finish it because I couldn’t wait to get started on the real thing. I had a heck of a time transferring the drawing to the actual wood.  The reason, I finally discovered was that I had altered a couple of angles while working on the pine mock-up.  And, since that piece wasn’t large enough for the design in the first place, I was rather confused last night.

Color #2

Stain: Antique Maple

Stains: Chestnut and Brazilian Rosewood

Stains: Chestnut and Brazilian Rosewood

Things are looking better.

More RBS

March 16, 2009

Stain/design testI don’t usually start staining w/o a solid design in mind, but thought I’d try it on this one.  It makes sense, since I’m working with someone elses’ work.  They need to happily co-exist…or something.  It also gave me a chance to see how my latest stain purchases work with the older ones.   So, I latched on to the best part or two of my sketches and went to work.  I’m using a rather warped piece of pine that is both too long and too narrow — but close enough for testing and sampling.

There’s my trusty bone folder.  It’s that flat, plastic bookmark-looking thing at the top next to the tape.  I use it to burnish the edges of the tape.  The stain likes to spread everywhere if I’m not careful. Yes, I run the bone folder over ever single edge of tape.  Carefully.  I can always tell when I’m too tired to work, because I’ll miss an edge and end up with stain seeping into the next part of the work.  Which means more effort in the long run.  Best to be conscientious in the first place.

Without

With marble