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Create 5 Art Challenge — Day 1

Friend and artist Judi Martinez nominated me for the Create 5 Art Challenge. The idea is to produce a new piece of art each day for 5 days, posting it on FaceBook or your blog or website as you go.

Here’s one of the cute little fish she’s painting as part of her challenge. You can find her other Art Challenge pieces here.

Wili Wili in acrylics by Judith Martinez Acrylic ~ 6 in x 8 in

Judi isn’t too sure where all this started — but I need a push right now, so I accepted. It’s sort of like a chain letter, without the dire threats of damnation if you fail to pass it on.

Here’s today’s effort — Ball & Chain.

Okay. You don’t know it, but I started this piece about 2 years ago. Since then it has sat on the shelf above my computer. I’d occasionally look at it, I mean really look at it, and think, Well, it shouldn’t be too hard to finish. I should just do it. Then of course, I wouldn’t.

Today. I. Did. Finish. It.

Now that that’s out of the way, I need to fulfill the rest of the challenge — nominating another artist to join our creative march. Hmmm …

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Surface Textures for Metals

Five intensive days. Five long days. Short nights. Steep learning curves. Meals on the run. New ideas. Surprising techniques.

By the end of the week I was exhausted. And invigorated. This is the fourth year I’ve taken a course at Red Deer College’s Summer Series and it just keeps getting better.

Our instructor, Crys Harse, is a talented metalsmith. I took Adventures in Metalsmithing from her last year. This summer she offered Surface Textures for Metals which added a new dimension to working with metals.

Who’da thunk you could be so creative with things like glue sticks, graphite (toner used for photocopiers), Sharpies. Wite-Out, spray paint, steel wool, metallic stamps, stamp pads — well, the list goes on and on. Great fun working with these.

A bonus about our class was the size — only 5 of us. It was a great group with an array of skills and lots of sharing.