A morning surprise

Boaz and RuthFrom the book of Ruth:

One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home[a] for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”

“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floorand did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

“Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer[b] of our family.”

10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.

I did a drawing of this scene in November and then got the idea to sculpt the scene in relief.  It was all white clay, (old formula Premo! which I’d been saving) over a base of bulk white Sculpey.  The sculpted and textured surface was antiqued with burnt umber paint and wiped away.  A friend thought it reminded her of “stations of the cross” images.

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If you read between the lines, Boaz must have been a fair bit older than Ruth.  She was commended for obedience and for following the family conventions of Naomi, her mother in law.  For her faithfulness, Ruth became one of the Gentile women listed in Jesus’ ancestry.



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being brave

I’ve studied a lot of art history in my time.  Last year, I was fortunate enough to visit Rome and Florence on an anniversary trip with my husband.  Many times over the trip, I got all choked up thinking that if you’d told my 19-year-old self in Survey of Art that I’d actually see those paintings and places in person, I wouldn’t believe it.

Something that has always sat on the edge of my artist’s consciousness is that it seems to me to try to paint something divine takes either ultimate courage or ultimate arrogance.  I realize that in Renaissance times, the church was the main patron of art and if you were scared to paint your vision of God or Christ, then you weren’t likely to be employed much.  But as I looked up at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Man on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, I wondered if he was ever daunted.  (and did he know that image would form all our ideas about what God looks like?)

Well, a few years ago I took a leap into the divine subject when I sculpted crucifixes for my family.  Over the last several weeks, I have been working on my vision of a Resurrection.

resurrection color scan

It is a mixed media including collaged printed papers, colored pencil, acrylic paint, and stamps.  It was painted for my church, to use the b/w on the bulletin.

Happy (soon) Easter


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inspirational valentines

I’ve been having fun making hearts.  I combine patterns, my trademark leaf prints, a little bit of silver, and bible verses about love and hearts.


I just finished listing these on Etsy.  Go check them out!! I used a lot of OT verses, especially Proverbs and Song of Songs.


Share the link with ones you love and want to encourage this Valentines Day!  Thanks!


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Open Studio!

studio tour iconThis Saturday, a number of Ames area artists are opening their doors to the public to share their art, their process, and environment.  Come out and check it out!

I will be participating.  I will have some metal pieces to process.  Lighting stuff on fire always gets a few oooh’s and aahh’s!  I will have lots of clay to play with and if you want to try your hand at canemaking or such, feel free!  And I’ll make some cookies!

Here’s the website for the tour where you can see all participants and get the map

One major note, the bridge just south of my house on North Dakota Ave is under construction  (we’re now a cul-de-sac!).  You must come around the county line road/Cameron School Road detour and come from the North to get to my studio.

Hope to see you!


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Display ideas

As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s been more than 4 years since I’ve done a craft show.  The Reiman Gardens show allowed applicants to pick an indoor or an outdoor booth.  I chose indoor!  I won’t have to worry about the weather.  But I am needing to develop some new display ideas.  Here’s one new one I took to the Bead & Button show a couple weeks ago.

IMG_4674I took a fat snake of Sculepy Ultra Light, not tinted or blended or anything and pressed it into a serpentine shape.  I inserted 7 or 8 large gold paperclips (Staples) and textured the whole thing with the medium ball stylus tool.  Easy earring display!  Now to come up with some necklace pieces to match….


Have fun,


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At the Bead & Button show, I debuted some new products for clayers.  I am currently offering 8 texture plates hand made from my original low relief sculptures.  There are several leaf or flower designs as well as some art deco ideas inspired by William Morris.  I’ve made them available on my Etsy page.  Here’s one of my favorites and an example of it in use:

IMG_4667This one is called “3 Ring Circles” and here’s a sample using it with white clay and a tinted Liquid Sculpey wash:







Check them all out!  Have fun!


PS.  Coming soon, metal clay bails and earring kits to dress your polymer pieces up…



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Garden Art Fair

For the first time in several years, I’m going to do a retail art fair again.  If you are in town, come see me on Sunday July 13 at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State Campus.


Hope to see you there!!

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June 2020
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