Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's been a crazy week...

Made a little jewely and worked on a little pianting. Have to photograph my painting from Tuesday so I can add it. But here is a little sparkle for now...
Carnelian faceted briolettes and fine silver paillettes on delicate silver chain

Monday, February 22, 2010

No time for art today... just time for bunnies

Took little bunny to the vet today. She had a terrible abcess on her jaw last year and it's coming back just a little bit. The vet said to watch it so we could fix it early before she would need to have surgery. To fix a large abcess on a bunny, you have to open the abcess and keep it open because it will not drain - it must be flushed out daily to get all the gunk out cuz the gunk is thick like toothpaste. The only way to keep the wound open is to sew it open - they call it marsupializing the abcess. Weird, eh? Anyway, we did not have to to that this time cuz the abcess is very small, but I will still have to flush it daily. Little Daisy bunny is soooo tiny and I'm trying to put some weight on her. Here she is:

She is a foster bunny and she and her husbunn Thumper are available for adoption through the Evergreen Animal Protective League http://www.eapl.com/

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Day of Jewelry

Yesterday my friend Mireya and I spent the afternoon at my studio making jewelry and goofing around. I had several projects that I had started but hadn't finished yet. So that's what I worked on. You can see them in my Etsy shop at the top of my blog. But, since the etsy shop changes daily, I'll post a few pics.

These are made using antique stampings and filigree. Some of the molds for the stampings are quite old - around the turn of the last century. I love antique jewelry and it's so exciting to be able to buy these stampings that originated so long ago. They are made of brass and then oxidized for a nice aged patina. Just beautiful.
 

 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Standing in an old barn...

About 2 weeks ago my painting class with Doug Dawson from the Art Students League of Denver did a plein air class at the Arboritum at the Chatfiled Preserve Botanical Gardens. There is an old farm there with a farmhouse, barns, old buggies and some sheep and goat and chickens too. I stood in the barn and did my plein air study. It was dark - couldn't see my paints very well and once in a while a goat or sheep peeked in to say hello. It was a lot of fun!

Here is my study - I took it back to my studio and worked on it but I don't think I'm quite done with it yet.

12 x 16, oil on panel

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday's Paint Out at Lair of the Bear

Last week sometime I joined PAAC - Plein Air Artists of Colorado. It's a group of local artists who paint outside every tuesday at various locations in the area. Since I know quite a few of the artists, I thought it would be fun to join and share the experience while finding new painting spots. So, here this tuesday's location shot and my painting done plein air. I like it but need to live with it for a little while to see what it needs.


here is the image from that day with one of the other artists (Cliff) at his easel.


Does it work?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunken Treasures

 
"Sunken Treasures"
Wire wrapped fantasy necklace of pink Peruvian opals, pearls, shell, crystal,
cherry quartz, labradorite, all wire wrapped with thin silver wire. More pearls and crystals spill
out of the silver nautilus bead! yummy. 

A few paintings

 
 Antique Pipe Bags
12 x 16, Oil on Canvas Board

  
Copper Pot and Oranges
16 x 20, Oil on Linen 

Pics, Pics and more pics...

 
Wire Mesh Lace With Swarovski Galactic Red Magma Crystal

  
"Think Spring Bangle Bracelet"
Wire Wrapped Peruvian Pink Opals, Cherry Quartz and Silver Bali Beads 

  
Wire Mesh Lace, Crystal, Pearl and Filigree Wrapped Green Turquoise Necklace 

  
Hand crafted fine silver birds nest pendant necklace made with PMC precious metal clay,
jasper beads and pearls 

So, this is a little of what I've been working on for the last few months.... 

Starting all over again

I just set up a new web site for my jewelry, set up an Etsy store to sell my jewelry, and updated my artist (painting) site to bring it up to date and worked on my artist statement. Whew. Now, I've made a vow to start blogging again. It's been a while since I've done that. I think I got too blown away by our disgusting economy and shut down for a while. But, now I'm trying to get things back together again.

In the last year or more, I've kept up with my painting, although I can't claim to be a Daily Painter the way I set out to be. In the meantime, I started beading with some friends, and now  I'm addicted to making jewelry and painting! Not easy considering I also had to start working more again. So, I go a little crazy trying to keep it all together.

I decided to sign up for an Artist Salon. The goal is to work on our marketing. It's based on a book and web site by Alyson Stanfield. Over about three months time, a group of us meet on a regular bases to set and meet goals related to expanding our artist careers. So I've set a lot of goals. And blogging is one of them. So, here I go again.

This time around though, I will talk about my paintings and my jewelry. Two fun subjects where the learning never stops.  So, here are a few links to what I have been doing:

My art web site: http://www.chrisorlikowski.com
My Etsy store: http://www.boobooboo3.etsy.com
My jewelry web site: http://www.idigitdesigns.com

That was easy. Now if I could only figure out how to add some images!