Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Show and Tell: A Tonal Wizard

Tonal Wizard - Fossegrim

The Fossegrim

A Tonal Wizard

"The fossegrim (or grim) is the musician among Norwegian spirits, and his instrument is the violin – or rather the fiddle... The grim is to be found at waterfalls and mills. It is especially on dark evenings that his playing can be heard. The fossegrim is not unwilling to teach his skills to others, and many a fiddler is said to have taken lessons from him." 

~ Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age Bringsvaerd

Fossegrim plan

This project was my first of many based on folklore and mythology. I had been reading a favourite book, Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age Bringsvaerd. It is a great little book with dark and frightening stories that kept me awake at night. It was the beginning of an exciting and creative love affair with stories full of trolls, witches, and faeries. I used the stories for inspiration for several projects which will be featured in future posts.

Monday, January 26, 2015


How to make home-made gesso!

Gesso (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒɛsːo] "chalk," from the Latin: gypsum, from Greek: γύψος) is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these.

Gesso (pronounced: “jess'-o” is used by artists as a primer on canvas, paper, and wood so that paints and other materials will not flake or peel off. Most commercially produced stretched canvases usually are pre-gessoed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Show and Tell: You Can Turn to Stone Now!

You Can Turn to Stone Now! by Kathryn M. Bennett


In my printmaking classes at WOU, we were required to choose a theme each term. Since I was also studying anthropology, I chose to focus on folklore and mythology. This project was originally a plan for a painting (yet to be done... but I will). Many sources say she was ugly, but I wanted to illustrate Medusa as a beautiful woman who was cursed with the inability to let anyone get near her. Also, most images I found showed her with the snakes all the same kind and I chose to give her a variety.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

We are Here! 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion

 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion

Sometimes a small voice must join 999 others to be heard. We learned this from Horton Hears a Who (my favourite Dr. Seuss story). Sometimes we need to collectively shout, “We are here!!” 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Show and Tell: Breaking Free

Breaking Free by Kathryn M. Bennett

In the beginning... I began this blog to promote and sell my artwork and eventually, by the grace of God and the universe, quit my day job. Well, yes that was a bit of a stretch for a dream and no, it hasn't happened quite yet, but I have sold a few pieces and that makes me happy. Confession: I usually just turn around and buy more art supplies. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Still Playing with Dolls!


I do believe I am definitely developing a theme in my artwork. Dolls and toys are becoming the focal areas in many of my projects. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Incredible Inedible Egg



 As I shared before, I have discovered a love of working with mixed media. I am especially interested in using materials that are out of context. My friends who know me also know that you never know quite what to expect from my artwork.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thinking Inside the Box


This piece (shown above) is one in a series I call 'Meditation Boxes' made from found items. I assembled the inner walls, drawers, and doors with scraps of mat-board and fabric and it is quite sturdy. It has a vintage bottle and glass communion cups that make it into a 'portable' and very personal box.