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Making White Elephants

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Dec. 7  

WORK IN PROGRESS
I finally completed the huge sculpture for the United Cerebral Palsy org. fundraising dinner. The "White Elephant" will be auctioned to a lucky patron to keep for one year. Next year they must bring it back to be re-auctioned!

I miss it already!

   WIP White Elephane   
SOLD - White Elephant  
White Elephants-back
 

NOV. 30  

WORK IN PROGRESS
Making good progress on the baby and did some re-engineering on Mama.

WIP Baby Elephant
WIP Baby Elephant
WIP Mama & Baby Elephants
 

 

 

 Nov. 28 

WHITE ELEPHANT ANNUAL DONATION GIFT 

WORK IN PROGRESS
Sometimes clay has a mind of its own. I hate when that happens! By midnight I had her rear end re-sculpted complete with spine and a tail. Also front two legs mostly done.

       

 

 

Making Holiday Figures

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Nov. 22  

NEW SNOWMAN COMPLETED! 

Today I will be installing a 6 foot snowman in Brentwood Community Center park at 10:00am. Come see him this afternoon - Oak and Second Street across from Cap's Restaurant. He and 6 or more other snowmen will be there all week for family photo ops and activities. Come out if you can!

Little Frosty Completed

Nov. 20  

NEW SNOWMAN 

Meet "Little Frosty". After considering all suggestions and looking at the colors of my other holiday pieces, I decided to use bright blue and red. Wait until you see what I do to his scarf.

Little Frosty - WIP

Nov. 18  

NEW SNOWMAN 

After a wonderful Liquid Painting workshop with Linda Ryan at the Way Up Art & Frame shop, I worked past midnight to finish sculpting Little Frosty. Won't be able to work in my studio Friday. We're joining Orange County friends in Napa for wine tasting. Yeah! Fun, food, friends and wine! Now that's living it up. I need your help: what color should his hat and scarf be?

Frosty - WIP

Frosty - WIP

 

Nov. 17  

NEW SNOWMAN STARTED

Could make it to the gym as planned this morning. Staying up too late to finish all of these sculptures makes me too tired. This is the fourth and final one in my Holiday Series. Meet little frosty. He still needs lots of work.

Little Frosty - WIP

 

Nov. 14  

3 FINISHED!

It's now well after 1:30 am. I was so close to finishing that I just had to stay up completing the second St Nick and first Mr Snowman. It was such fun drawing the gold design on the green trim for St Nick's robe. I will add his bag of candy soon.

I thought a Candy Cane scarf on Mr Snowman would be a cheery addition along with a crooked carrot nose. Now I have 3 sculptures completed and only one left to do.

Mr. Frosty
Mr. Frosty
Burgundy St. Nick
Burgundy St. Nick
All three
All three

 

Nov. 11  

MAKING CONE MR. FROSTY

I finally finished sculpting Mr. Snowman and the second St. Nicholas! The snowman will be white with a black top hat, an orange carrot nose and tiny lumps of coal for eyes (not yet added.) I plan to give him a fun whimsical coat trim. This St. Nick will have a deep red robe trimmed in green and gold. The basket he's carrying will be filled with small wrapped candies for good little boys and girls of all ages.

St. Nick #2 & Mr. Frosty
St. Nick #2 & Mr. Frosty
Mr. Frost-face
Mr. Frost-face
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St. Nick #2 face

 

 

Nov. 5 

MAKING CONE ST. NICK #2

Today was a good day. Sculpted the whole day except for bowling with hubby and dinner. Got another St. Nick completed except for painting.

St. Nick #2
St. Nick #2

Nov. 4  

STARTING CONE ST. NICK #2

Ugh! I need more hours in the day and more days in the week! I also need to learn how to sculpt faster. I just started on St. Nick #2. Have to finish him today and start on my two Snowmen.

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St Nick #2
St Nick #2

 

 

 

Nov. 2  

FINISHING CONE ST. NICK #1

Oh dear! I had no idea when I decided to be an artist that it meant staying up so late! I didn't like the green robe and someone suggested sky blue. So of course I had to finish it - AGAIN. Now St. Nick has a sky blue robe. What do you think?

Sky Blue St. Nicholas

Nov. 1  

MAKING CONE ST. NICKS

Still working on first St. Nicholas sculpture. I have to finish him today. He's only half painted but I think his robe is too green. I might change it before I paint the embroidery on the back of the robe and hat.

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Oct. 29, 2016 

MAKING CONE ST. NICKS

Had a little fun sculpting the beard and hat on my first St. Nick. Had a few minutes and started on the second. It's fun trying to sculpt different faces for the same guy. I still have to design and paint him tomorrow, so I can photograph him. He needs to be ready soon!

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Oct. 27, 2016  

MAKING CONE ST. NICKS

With Paint Night behind me, I can get back to finishing my four Saint Nicholas'. All four bodies done and now sculpting their faces and outfits. I make them in a cone shape, having fun sculpting different faces and long winter coats.
As a small child in Germany, we had St. Nick for our Winter holidays. On the eve of Dec. 5, if we were good all year, we got candies, fruits and nuts in our shoes- if naughty, sticks. Then a big party on Dec. 6 and again on Dec. 25. What fun it was great being an American soldier's child in Europe in the early 1950's!

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Programming Lagana Fine Art Website

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August 8, 2016

FINISHED PAULETTE'S WEBSITE

What a very busy couple of weeks! It was such fun to get a fellow artist set up for business with a CA Resale License, Domaine Name, and hosting company. She wanted a website in one week to begin selling her beautiful artwork as greeting cards. Check out her new website:
www.LaganaFineArts.com

 

Paulette Lagana's Website
Paulette Lagana's Website
 

 

Making Lightboxes

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July 26, 2016  

FINISHED the Bas Relief panels

  I was finally able to finish the two lightboxes. My brother-in-law, Russ, completed the two very complicated light switches to keep the small LED light stick on for only 8 hours during the day. We installed the switches, cell battery and LED stick into each box and took them to the Blackhawk Gallery in time for the opening of the new art exhibition.

The Blackhawk Gallery exhibition will run through September 18.

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JULY 12, 2016  

WORK IN PROGRESS

 
 
What a complicated project! Couldn't have done it without my brother-in-law, Russ. He made a tiny electronic timer/switcher to turn the LEDs off and on and rewired it to work with a 30,000mAh cell phone battery. These are the boxes from my "Jungle Book Series" are nearly done. Found batteries that will keep the LED lights inside lit for 14 days between charges. Now to apply the finish.

Elephant Lightbox
 

July 6, 2016  

Sculpting the Bas Relief panels

IMG_4546 (1)  One of the things I like about staff the galleries where my artwork is displayed, is that I get to give "Demos." This means I actually do sculpting and get work done while demonstrating what and how I do it.

JULY 2, 2016  

WORK IN PROGRESS

 
Time is fast running out for me to finish. Almost done with all 8 sides of these two Lightboxes. Ordered the 30,000 mAh cellphone batteries that will power the tiny LED lights I will put inside. My brother-in-law calculates one charge will light the box for 7 days. Thanks Russ, couldn't have done this without your help and knowhow! Thanks Jared for inventing #sKratch clay!

Giraffe Lightbox
 

June 26, 2016  

WORK IN PROGRESS

Part of being in a gallery is helping to staff it. Friday at the Delta Gallery in Brentwood, I got some sculpting done between gallery guests. Today I'm staffing the Blackhawk Gallery in Danville and working to complete another side of the 2 Lightboxes.
Lightbox - WIP
Lightbox - WIP

Lightbox - WIP
Lightbox - WIP
 

June 21, 2016  

WORK IN PROGRESS

Here's my latest WIP: These are 3 of the 4 sides which are nearly complete for 2 new sculptures. Hoping these will be wireless and internally lit box sculptures. The animals are painted on frosted plastic with ceramic clay sculpted around them. Hardest part was finding LED lights that work on USB cell phone charger batteries. I want these boxes to be lit from inside from 10am to 8pm everyday for 14 days before the batteries need to be plugged in for charging.
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News WIP

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July 7, 2016
TURNING PAPER CRANE INTO CERAMIC SCULPTURE

"Small Paper Crane on Driftwood" 
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It's now complete! I finished applying three coats of finishing paint and two coats of sealer. I also sprayed the driftwood with 3 coats of clear varnish to seal it as well. A small wire was inserted and sculpted into the crane and a small holed drilled into the wood for mounting.

July 3, 2016
Turning Paper Crane Into Ceramic Sculpture

 

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Here is another idea I have for a ceramic sculpture. A crane mounted on a piece of rock that a friend gave me.

 

 

 

IMG_4735 This is an aluminum foil covered paper to prevent the water-based clay from soaking the paper into mush.

 

 

 

IMG_4736 I applied plaster paste to the aluminum foil to help the clay adhere to it. Still have a bit to go.

 

 

 

IMG_4739 After adding a little sKratch paper clay. I'm hoping this will work so I can make a much bigger one.