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All the greens of May-

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“Woodland Scene VII”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 11 3/4″ x 9 3/4″. C. 2017

Woodland illustrations painted from memory

Yesterday was very productive-

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“Woodland Scene V”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 8″ x 10″. C. 2017
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“Woodland Scene VI”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10″ x 7″. C. 2017

Woodland Scene IV

Rays of sunlight pierce the cooling shade of a group of maples growing on a moss covered stone outcrop in this painting from memory-

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“Woodland Scene IV”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017

I think I’m entering a green period

I am definitely ready for spring (and summer) as you can see with these spontaneous woodland scenes-

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“Woodland Scene II”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10 3/4″ x 8 1/4″. C. 2017
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“Woodland Scene III”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10″ x8″. C. 2017

Memory of trees

Channeling memories of sun-dappled forest floors on summer afternoons in this very spontaneous painting-

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“Woodland Scene I”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10″ x 8″. C. 2017

I started out with a mat board coated in black gesso that rapidly grew into this very impressionistic landscape. I find working on dark backgrounds can really help with building up depth- plus you don’t have this bright background glaring at you with it’s whiteness. Note the heavy brushstrokes built up from working wet in wet-especially in the highlights.

Wire Wrapped Necklace Pendant

I finally got a chance to try out the jewelry wire I bought months ago-

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A large calcite crystal turned into a necklace pendant with silver jewelry wire.

The pendant itself is a large (and strangely sparkly) calcite crystal I found on hike in the mountains behind my Mom’s house. I went with a very minimalist approach to the wiring allowing it to appear in only a few key spots on the front- just enough to hold the stone in place. I went with the silver wire which I think meshed best with the milky white mottled with gray and orange of the calcite crystal.

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View of the back
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This calcite crystal is encrusted with numerous tiny crystals that glint at different angles which is why this stone popped out so well on the forest floor where I found it.

A very productive weekend

It’s been a very productive weekend and now I have a large batch of spoon rests, soap dishes, platters and bowls on the drying shelf-

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Some very organic, free form porcelain wares.

All of these pieces were made from “reconstituted” porcelain clay that were part of previous sculptures that split during the drying process. I will be drying them very gradually and I’m ┬ákeeping my fingers crossed that they will survive.

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Two potential leafy platters.
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A pair of White Oak leaf spoon rests.
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A seashell bowl

Testing out a new stoneware clay

Since I have been having some issues with the porcelain clay splitting during the drying process I decided to try out a stoneware clay. This stoneware clay is similar to porcelain but contains “grog” -a prefired material ( in this case a fine sand) that will not shrink during drying and renders the clay less prone to splitting and cracking. It seems to dry a little grayer in color than the porcelain clay but other than that it has very similar working properties-

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The items in this set all have a soft square or rectangular profile and I’m envisioning them with a white marble finish
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A cheeseboard

 

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A set of four potential tumblers
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Three relish/ dipping bowls with a soft square shaped profile

Wishful Thinking

The colors- especially of the sea- are spot on in this painting from memory of the Atlantic from my trip to the Outer Banks last August.

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“Seascape II”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 8″ x 10″. C. 2016

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