Saturday, November 16, 2013

Road trip to Venice, CA

Hello out there in Blog Land!
I've been MIA for a bit as we left Oklahoma on Nov. 4th and
headed west on I40.
Destination: Venice, California

You can read more about the Canals here - Wikipedia:
"The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy in Southern California." 

As with any road trip, you see a lot of this.

First stop on the trip was Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A day was spent enjoying the Old Town square.
It's always a fun place to be.

San Felipe de Neri Parish

You can read more about the church here.

I remembered that one of my favorite places is in Albuquerque.
Plus, I needed some silver bezel. Perfect!

I felt like a kid at Christmas! It's not a brick & mortar store, but you can go in and fill out an order form and get it filled right then and there! Most Excellent! :)

There are so many inspiring areas of Albuquerque's Old Town.

How's this get in here?!?? Chase the Shih Tzu turned 10 on November 2nd. :)

And on we go to California.

Sunset on the historic Venice Canals is stunning!

Our son owns The Rubber Ducky - and it was great fun having it on the canals!

Peaceful respite in the middle of LA.....You'd never know that's where you were.

Of course we had great coffee (from GTA) and food while there...

Created by an artistic Barista at GTA.
Mercede's Grille: Crab Cakes; Poached Eggs; Hollandaise Sauce & Fried Potatoes. Delish!

Yes we have no bananas! But our son has a few. :)

See the bananas forming behind the blooms? So cool!
We took in a Gallery Opening of artist, Mear One (Kalen Ockerman.)
 I never turn down an opportunity to look at some art.

 More Art - We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.
To get there, we passed the Disney Concert Hall.
Had attended a concert there on a prior trip - what a stunning building.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

 "The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24, 2003."

Some of the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art included these:
Joan MirĂ³

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Piet Mondrian

Roy Lichtenstein
John Baldessari
That last one is a favorite. :)


And I made a little art of my own!

Parts from Palm and Banana trees. :)
We hit the Grand Canyon on the way home. After all, it's only
about 50 miles off I40.  It amazes me more every time I see it.

That's the Colorado River you see down there.
See those tiny people over on the left bottom corner?
I put that pano together with four images. Still, it does no justice to the place.


I do have a couple pieces of jewelry to show you. 
I got a couple of rings made before we left.
And I was working on some of the ceramic components.
Both rings are listed - as are a few of the components.

Still plenty of work to do here....

Blue Lace Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

And the back of said ring.

And a Turquoise Ring


And this is pretty much how we all felt after long days on the road.  ;)
Now it's time to get back to work!

Carpe Diem.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Autumn, Fossils, Colorado, Ceramics, Earrings, More.....

We spent the last two weeks of September in Colorado. Love the Golden Aspens!
More Autumn Colors in Colorado
Colorado does White in Autumn too!
Trilobite Fossil - Purchased in Creede, CO.
It's only about an inch long.

"No animal better captures the drama of evolution and extinction. Long before the fish inhabited the seas and the Dinosaurs roamed the land, Trilobites appeared some 600 million years ago during the Cambrian period. They belonged the phylum Arthropodal (joint-footed), a phylum which to this day represents the most successful (78%) of all animal life forms, including crabs, centipedes, spiders, shrimps and insects.The Trilobites, living in shallow seas, flourished as swimmers, crawlers and burrowers for some 350 million years. They evolved rapidly into many beautiful, bizarre and, even by today's standards, futuristic forms." Cool, huh?

 And the rock hounding bug bit me while we were in Colorado.
We found a few specimens...not sure what they all are.

There's some quartz in there...but who knows what else?!
The same specimen....
This one makes me want to get a lapidary slab saw!
Flint? If it is, it's made from quartz.
Love the texture in these bubbles!

These were all found where we were told there was agate & jasper.

I found this at Creede, CO and of course it's gold!!! (Not. It's pyrite.)

Most certainly the center is a spear point - all three were worked pieces.
Amazing to see how the flint was worked and shaped.

We went fossil hunting after we got home & found the following
on our local river banks.

That tiny circle is a cross section of a crinoid stem.
End of a crinoid stem OK-I think Janet is right...After research, I believe this to be a branching coral. Thanks, Janet!
The size of the same stem....
We found wildlife in Colorado too. Papa Moose!
Mama Moose & Baby Moose
And a White-Lined Sphinx Moth...
Love the waterfalls in Colorado.
I actually have worked on a few jewelry projects
since I got home. Remember that 25 pound chunk of clay I bought?

112 pieces ready for the kiln
Love Letters Discs

And some of them are finally listed.

As you can probably tell, these are pretty LARGE..
Moon Goddesses

Pendant that was molded from an Ammonite

Another hand formed pendant...

And here are some of those components added to earrings. Finally!

And a pair using both my own ceramic discs & bronze clay discs.
I leave you with this cutie. I don't have cats, but this one kept posing for me. :)

PS: Janet Loomis (anvilartifacts) has a new tutorial out called "The Easiest Metal Casting You Will Ever Do." I really want to check this out one day soon! I'm sure it's a winner! :)

PSS: Marina Rios (fancifuldevices) also has a recent tute out called "Cosmic Rocks: Setting Rough Stones with Epoxy Putty and Gold Leaf." You will be dazzled! :)

Carpe Diem!