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Testing out watercolors...and Arches papers!!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I'm working on a new's cold, nasty, and snowy outside, so it's time to stay inside and paint...called 'Color Series'.  The pieces are still very small, fits into a 5x7 frame so the work is detailed.  The main reason why I'm working on these is that I'm trying to figure out if I what type of watercolor paper I like.  Also what weight.  I prefer 300lb but with a mat and glass, 140lb frames up easier.  So, if I'm framing it, I'll use 300lb, like above.  If I'm selling it matted, I will use 140lb.  I like keeping it simple for people, they won't need high quality frames.  A simple photo frame will do.  The paper...well, it's Arches, handsdown.  I've tried several but I keep coming back to it.  I like cold press, hot press, and rough. I see why other artists like it. 

The above is my first, all watercolor piece.  I've used watercolor before but not by itself. 

Ok...back to the studio!
Later Gators,

Still working small...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I'm still working on the SmallWorks series while working large at the same time.  I'm finding that working on more than one piece works for me.  I've got enough room in my studio for two and that's it.  Actually, I'm pushing it...I'm a little tight on space at home. 

The above is watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame. 

Right now, I'm still fighting a cold...I'm hacking like a TB I think Bob and I are staying home for the holiday.  I wouldn't want to pass these cooties to anyone. 

Have a happy, holiday everyone!

SmallWorks-Mixed Media Mini Painting

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm STILL working on the SmallWorks series...that's any piece that is under 8x10.  It's hard for me to work this small but it's paying off.  Everyonce in a while I do a mini and an ideal brews...or a full conceptual impression takes place.  Then poof...I'm off to do a much larger piece, one that is much more detailed...once that doesn't make me where reading glasses to create. :-) 

I have a goal to create 300 of these mini pieces.  I am approaching my return to painting like I started lampworking.  Somebody once gave me some good advice regarding size, balance, and heat control.  The person told me to take a weekend and make spacers all day, for two days.  They told me when I was done, I would understand how to make a balanced, uniform bead.  They were right.  So in a way, that's how I'm painting.  I am going to paint 300 of these small works if it kills me or puts me on psych drugs. 

Some folks say that art shouldn't be pushed...I say, if I can't push it, then I can't do art.  Art is more than a hobby for's who I am.  It's about being creative but it's also about being disciplined and pro-active. Art is also a business.  Any artist that is self-representing is also a business person...which is hard.  The art work is only one part of the puzzle...there's also marketing, packaging, shipping (if online), booking show and events, all the paperwork and the list goes on.  There's also knowing your raw materials.   A lot of things have changed in 20 or so years...there's all sorts of kewl stuff out there.  So I've got a lot of experimentation and reading to do. :-) 

The above is a combo account of printmaking, watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame.  I've used both metallic and iridescent mediums to add texture and to reflect the light.

Later Gators...I'm off to the studio!

Mini Mixed Media-Smallworks

Saturday, November 20, 2010
I've been working on lots and lots of 5X7's.  The below is a combo account of printmaking, watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame.  I've used both metallic and iridescent mediums to add texture and to reflect the light. Too bad the scanner didn't do a great job of picking the highlights up.

All in all, I'm enjoying this Smallworks series. 

Have a happy, creative day!

On a Wire I-Mini Series-Smallworks Mixed Media

Friday, November 19, 2010
Beginning of a new series from my Smallworks, called On a Wire.  They are small, 5X7 matted...they fit right into a 5X7 frame, easy peasy.  They are made to hang in groups, so I will do several small series.  
I've used watercolor, ink, and acrylic on Arches 140 lb paper.  I've been playing with 300 lb paper but I'm finding that the pieces really need to be over 8X10 or it's a PITA to frame.  Just too thick with a mat. 

Today, I got an order from Clearbags...yep, supplier   I've now got enough mats, backboards, and bags to create 400 Smallworks.  That's a lot of mini paintings. I figured, if I was going to do this, I am going to do this. :-)  I got a great deal on the mats but I needed to pick up the backboards and bags. I've also got two shows scheduled for next year. Both one woman, me.  One in January and the other in March.  So I really need to also start working on some of my larger pieces.  I've recently gotten into 12X24 and 20X20 cradle boards.  Now I've got to get the pictures done.

The thing is, I really like this smaller pieces...not as much in the way of painting the piece, but I can scan them and don't have to find the camera. :-) 

Ok...have a happy, creative day!

Mixed Media Paintings...Hands Update

Friday, November 12, 2010

I’m still really digging cradle boards…they work very well for the work that I’m doing.  I’ve got one more 8 X 8 then I’m starting on the 12 X 24.   There's a lot of metallic...they look great on a light colored wall...but I'm not getting great photos of them though. 

Now for the hands info.  Ya know, if I don’t get back to lampwork-back on the torch- soon…I’m going to roll my self in bubble wrap and mail my self to a psych ward. 
Anyway, I can slowly go back on the torch in a week or so.  It will be several months before my paws really get better.  It will be up to a year until I have a full recovery.  Yep, I really wanted to hear that.  Both my median nerves were severely compressed.  Since I had sudden onset, it was traumatic.  So it’s going to take a while.  I really can’t whine that much, it’s only been a couple weeks since my left wrist was surgerized and it’s been around a month for my right.  I’ve still have several weeks before the tenderness goes away BUT it still feels better than pre-surgery.

Later Gators!

Minds Eye Series-New Mixed Media Painting

Monday, November 08, 2010

I’m starting to work small, 8 X 8, which is hard for me. I want to do a mini series, call Mind’s Eye. I like the metallic favor of the piece. After that, I think I will move on to larger pieces.

I did find a new paint support called cradle boards. They are basically like a stretched canvas except instead of canvas, tung wood is used.  What I really like about them is that it gives the paint a different look.  Plus the smaller sizes give a tile theme to the work.  They really don't need a frame and they are much more stable than even canvas.  The price is about the same for decent canvas but I just like the feel of them. 

I get to see the Doc on Wednesday to see if I can go back to lampworking. I doubt it will be back to the number of hours pre-surgery but it still would be nice to light up a torch again.

Later Gators!


New Work...Abstract in Acrylics...Hands Update

Thursday, November 04, 2010
My stitches are out of my left hand!  I still have restrictions but things are getting better.  There is something to be said for being able to wash my hands...for not having to place a plastic bag when I shower.  Anyway, my left hand feels pretty much like a normal hand again...I'm still having issues with my right but it's only been three weeks since surgery.

The below is a piece that I currently was an experiement and one that I'm glad I did..but it's not a style that I want to keep working with.  The section of the painting that I would like to explore is the circles...and the shapes...but it's color that I'm not pleased with.  

I do not have the patience for oils…I don’t like pastels, it feels funny on my hands…and I’m finding that I’m not that hot on tempera either. I still like watercolor but it’s going to be a while until I can focus on what watercolor can do. I found acrylic!

The below is what I  want to explore has a large amount of metallic accents, which is hard for the camera to pick up. 

I’ve been trying out all sorts of acrylic paint. Acrylic, for me, is the most versatile and suits my style of creative juices. They are easy to clean up from and they don’t smell!!! I’ve tried Golden, Liquitex, Winsor, Graham, and Matisse. I’m finding that I prefer Liquitex Heavy Body and any type of Golden. I do like Winsor’s gel mediums though. I also like metallic for accents; Liquitex is my pref there.

For washes, I’m finding that I prefer the student grade of Liquitex called Basics. I had to do a lot of research on this idea. I found out that the professional grade Liquitex has a longer shelf life, had more color for the dollar, and doesn’t yellow…so on and so on. It’s professional grade and has all the expected standards. I also found that all student grades aren’t created equal. Liquitex Basics contain the same binders and the professional grade but contain a lower pigment load. That’s mostly likely why I like them for washes.

Tonight, I'm going to the's First Friday tomorrow so I've got to setup and clean up. 

Later Gators!

Hand Update and new abstract painting

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I’m still healing…getting better but sometimes it’s rather frustrating. I still can’t really wash my hands because I still have stitches and a large dressing on my left hand. It doesn’t seem like this is a big deal but it is. It’s hard to do daily life…it’s also boring. I still can’t lampwork yet. I still have a 2 lb weight limit on my right hand.

So to keep myself from going crazy, I’ve been working on 2-D. The process isn’t that much different from pottery…or fiber…or jewelry design…or glass (lampworking). The raw materials are different and that is a learning curve for me. One that I’m taking very seriously…one that has unlimited options. The inspirations, the creative juices, and the adventure are the same.   I've found that I like mixed media, abstract, and metallic accents.  Plus of course, color.  I don't enjoy working  impressionism nor realism.  I kinda like fauvism but I'm leaning more towards abstraction and abstract.

I've found that I don't really like working on canvas.  Beats me why either.  I know it's the trad, it's easy to find, and has lots of options to it.  I know I like paper but it's really not suited for some of the wet media that I enjoy.  So I will be experimenting with multimedia artboards...cradled painting panels which are illustration board.  Illustration board is kinda of a mystery to me.  So I'm going to try out Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board for Wet Media first. Which is kinda of a PITA to find.   I'm hoping that one of the three does it for me.  If not, I will keep looking. 

The above is my first canvas's 11 X 14 inches. I used acrylic and different mediums to create texture.  The pic doesn't show well the different metallic washes that I used but that's to be expected. 

The focus right now is what I call bathroom art...experiments that I can used in my bathroom. :-)

I'm off...gotta get some things done.  Tomorrow, I get the stitches out and this dressing off my left hand.  I can't wait but I also know that my hand will feel like jello the next couple of days as well.

Later Gators,

Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar with Kris May!!!! First Friday

Thursday, October 28, 2010
November Events at Studio 204 in the Murphy Arts Center

The following events are scheduled at Studio 204 during the month of November. Studio 204 is home to Marti Icenogle (Magickal Dragon Designs) and Bob and Moon Stumpp (Mixed Media Jewelry). Studio 204 is located in the Murphy Arts Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square.

First Friday at Studio 204: Murphy’s Seasonal Bazaar
Friday, November 5, 6 - 10 pm

Studio 204 is pleased to participate in Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar, an arts, crafts and gifts shopping extravaganza, on November 5, 6 – 10 pm. The Bazaar will be held in the west corridor of the second floor of the Murphy Arts Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in historic Fountain Square. This event will feature the work of many local artists working in various mediums. It will include many of the Murphy Art Center Artists and special guest artists chosen for their unique handcrafted goods. The work of all of these artists will combine for a truly unique arts bazaar.

Our special guest artist at Studio 204 for the Bazaar is Kris May. Kris is a very talented artist who works in multiple media. He creates painting is oil and acrylics, as well as working in graphic designs. Additionally he crafts fun little fiber characters he has named Catberries.

See Ya!

More on the Wonder Sheltie...Sheltie United!!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thank you Laura!!!!

Briggs, the wonder sheltie, is now 7.5 months old. He's currently sleeping under my office desk. :-) Briggs is on the small side; currently about 14.5 inches at the shoulder and weighing in 18-19 lbs.

His puppy kindergarten classes are doing well...we have sit, down, and stay he comes when called. He's now doing stairs but car rides are still an issue. We thought it might be the crate so I held on the way home from kindergarten. Man-o-man was I sorry…he yakked on me. There is nothing worse than slimy training treats all over your chest.

Last weekend, we did some off leash work and he worked it beautifully. He's been socialized with other dogs and people...but he's doesn't trust, two legged people other than Bob or I. Which is fine! I rather have him leery. He's been trained not to take treats from just anyone. I normally give the treats to someone that he's supposed to take treats from and have to verbally give him the OK.

Later Gators!

Briggs...the wonder sheltie

Briggs...the wonder sheltie, originally uploaded by Moon Stumpp.

Photoshop Trees

Monday, October 11, 2010

Same Place, originally uploaded by Moon Stumpp.

I've been playing with Photoshop again. I really want to get some photos to play with when I get back to mixed media.

Anyway...have a great day!

Last of the Gardens at BSU

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Bob and I had to make a trip of to BSU (Ball State) so I thought I'd bring my camera.  Normally, it's a beautiful is but has a bit of what I call that 'in between seasons'.  It's not really fall and summer is still there but hiding. 

Both pics are by Aaron's dorm.

Have a happy fall day!


Monday, October 04, 2010

Local Artists and Crafters Help you Gear Up for the Holiday Season

The Murphy Arts Center Artists are pleased to present Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar, an arts, crafts and gifts shopping extravaganza, on November 5, 6 – 10 pm. The Bazaar will be held in the west corridor of the second floor of the Murphy Arts Center in historic Fountain Square. This event will feature the work of many local artists working in various mediums. It will include many of the Murphy Art Center Artists and special guest artists chosen for their unique handcrafted goods. The work of all of these artists will combine for a truly unique arts bazaar.

This event is the first of its kind at the Murphy Arts Center and is part of the First Friday happenings in the Murphy and surrounding businesses. Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar provides an opportunity for local artists to sell their products just in time for the gift giving season and for shoppers to find that perfect gift. The Murphy Art Center Artists believe that art and handcrafted goods are the perfect way to spread holiday cheer. Additionally, handcrafted items provide one of a kind gifts that are not found in big box stores.

For additional information visit the Murphy Arts Center blog...
or the Facebook page for Murphy’s Seasonal Bazaar.

First Friday at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center

Monday, September 27, 2010
Studio 204 is pleased to be hosting painter Steven Keller for October First Friday on October 1. Studio 204 is home to Marti Icenogle (Magickal Dragon Designs) and Bob and Moon Stump (Mixed Media Jewelry). Studio 204 is located in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square on Indy’s near southside.

Steven Keller is the featured artist on First Friday, October 1, 6 – 10 pm at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. Steven is an accomplished artist who paints subjects ranging from photo realistic renditions to geometric abstraction to the frivolous and fanciful. Steve has exhibited his work at many of the art fairs in central Indiana, including Broad Ripple Art Fair and Penrod Art Fair. And, Steven’s work is in the collections of many Indianapolis art collectors. For further information about this exhibition or other events at Studio 204, please email

Later Gators!

Fountain Square 9-18-10 -Masterpiece in a Day-Fountain Square Art Show- ART Parade

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Yesterday was Fountain Square's ( 9-18-10) -Masterpiece in a Day-Fountain Square Art Show- ART Parade.  It lasted from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 4pm.  A lot of the action was at the  Murphy Art Center, 1043 Virginia Ave.   Yeah, the place where my studio is located.

The three different organizations did an art free-for-all, all age venue in Fountain Square (a historical-arts area in Indianapolis today). Masterpiece in a Day,  Fountain Square Art Show, and Fountain Square Art Council’s ART Parade.

I took a boad load of pictures...they are on my Flickr site, if you want to take a peep.

Later Gators!

It's an Art Parade...a new new work, Mixed Media for me!

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Yesterday was a fun filled day...I now have a new respect for painters.  The below isn't huge, just 30 x 40.  The thing is that I found my arms just weren't long enough and I needed another pair of hands to finish up the framing.  No...this isn't a great piece of art but I did it and it fits perfectly in the master it makes me smile.  I really like abstract art and I would like to develop it long term.'s done...framed...and hung...I'm happy.  I've got two more pieces that I want to finish for the MBR and then I will work on the pieces for both baths.  Bob and I do buy from other artists, anything that is framed is from a local artists.  Mostly from Indiana but some from Texas as well...a couple from Bob's uncle.  I have never understood why people buy 'art' at Wal-Mart or any big box store...when there is so much good work out there.  Some people have told me it's the price...well, the thing is, it's really not in a lot of ways.  Anyway, it's just a peeve of mine. 

Supporting the arts is crucial to the development and growth of any community. There is study after study regarding how it has a causal effect on bringing in new businesses…how for every dollar is spent (buying) on the local arts, $3-5 is spent in the local area. 

Here's the has a provable and is linked to property value, can we say Bohemian Principle.  Plus it is linked to new business and there fore JOBS.  New business all equates to increase tax revenues to the local area. Sone of the most important issues that every community is feeling the pains of.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the combined power of American productivity and creativity. John F. Kennedy stated "If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." He also paved with way for the formation of the National Endowment.

The thing is that we are living in an age of easy transportation…that the trend of working remote is becoming more and more the thang to do. So what does Indianapolis have to offer the ‘creative class’, a large business to open its doors here, or someone that works remote that can live anywhere. Indy has cheap housing, sports, and four seasons…actually it has a lot to offer, believe it or not. The main ingredient that it’s missing is the arts. Actually it has the arts here, it’s citizens just don’t support or value what they do many of their artists move one to 'better' places that do.   That has been my experience.

I'll be in Fountain Square today...supporting the local arts and helping with the Art Parade. 

So if you get a chance...stop in. 

If if you don't stop in...think about supporting the arts and what it does to your community long term. 

Have a happy, creative weekend!

Larger work, mixed media 2-D

Friday, September 17, 2010

Larger work, mixed media 2-D, originally uploaded by Moon Stumpp.
I just finished this piece last night then matted and framed it this afternoon. It was painted for my master bedroom. I wanted something busy and semi-colorful. The frame is 24 x 36, which is wonderful for the room.

Arches paper, watercolor, ink, and paint mostly make up the piece.

The room is large and boring...mostly light wood, lots of dressers, a king sized bed, an off white chair, and off white walls. That's it. So I thought adding two very large framed pieces, one busy and one not so. Then also adding two smaller pieces. The mixed media pieces will be the main color in the room. Just about everything in there is either off white or non-descript.

Off to figure out how to frame the other piece!


Briggs, 7 months, the 'Puppy'

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Briggs, 7 monthis, originally uploaded by Moon Stumpp.

Here’s a new pic of Briggs, my Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog). He was bone 2/22/10…so he’s almost 7 months old in this pic. Tonight is puppy kindergarden class and he is doing well. We have had no accidents in the house...he can sit, lay down, and leave things alone on command.

He hasn't even eaten any drywall for over 3 the classes are helping loads.

Later Gators!

Where I was 9 years ago and my thoughts about 9-11 today....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm thinking back where I was when I heard that the Twin Towers were tumbling down. I was sitting in my home office, on Waterman, wondering by my cell phone and home phone was ringing off the hook.  I hadn't left for Austin, Texas yet...I was still a potter but already moved into glass at that time...I had two dogs...and a huge house with a huge yard to take care of.

Then I answered my cell, it was a friend telling me to turn on my TV. I did…I was shocked…then I was pissed…then I was very sad…then I went right back to pissed. The extremists really didn’t do their job. This was an act of terrorism…to inspire pure terror in the hearts and souls of Americans. What it did do was breed a sort of bigotry on both sides of the fence…start another senseless war….and create a deep seated anger within many people.

I NOW think of the relentless terrorism happening in Israel. I NOW think of the Russian Beslan school siege or the massacre of over 300 people, mostly children…I also think of what is happening to the women and children in South Africa. I think of all the loss and sadness resulting in Northern Ireland and England It is my hope that the future generations think of an IRA as Individual Retirement Account instead of Irish Republican Army first. That the future generations do not forget history but move beyond it.

Terrorism without borders has been happening for centuries. Look at the Catholic Church’s reign of power brokering…ya know all the war mongering-gay bashing-witch burning-woman subjugating-folks that dress in black. They were their own ecclesiastic institution for combating/suppressing heresy. For those that believe that the CC is an enity of white light and fuzzy bunny thoughts…read the Malleus Maleficarum . It will raise the hair at the back of your neck. In my worldview, heresy is simply questioning authority and that does not involve torture of any kind. The CC’s bout of bad behavior is slowly coming to a close in the age of information and the number of people coming forward telling their stories of molestation.

Geez, at least the Vikings were honest about their intentions…rape, pillage, and burn.

No…I do not forgive even my fellow Americans for such acts of brutality like the Omaha Courthouse Burning on September 28, 1919. Will Brown was killed, mutilated, and then burned on the courthouse lawn. Nor do I forgive the Timothy McVeigh-Terry Nichols-Jim Jones-David Koreshes of the world. I am also puzzled by all the anti-abortion violence. That one just makes no sense to me…pro-life and killing don’t equate.

I am not at war with Islam or even the creepy Vatican dudes….I now have an extreme distain of the zealots, fanatics, and martyrs of the world. 9-11 has opened my eyes to the fact that terrorism is without borders…that Americans, be it pro or con, can be some of the most generous people on the planet…but we also can be some of the biggest assholes as well. It’s that flip side of the creation-destruction coin. I’m not saying that we always follow adult behaviors…we don’t. As a rule, most Americans treat people as they would like to be treated…well, on good days that is. My government…well, that might be a bit different …that why I’m a strong supporter of WikiLeaks, ACLU, and free journalism. It just keeps the honesty flowing, if you get what I mean.

There are atrocities committed on a daily basis and 9-11 was one of those atrocities. I think it’s our job as Americans not to commit any atrocities and try to prevent future ones happening. How that is done coast to coast or pole to pole…damn if I know…but I can wish and make my opinions known to my elected officials. What I can do is work towards this goal by not going postal…not flipping one of my fellow drivers the bird. All humor aside…by simply caring about my family, friends, and neighbors…by the willingness to help where help is needed…by not closing my eyes or turning my head when somebody needs help…by not bulling nor being bullied…by not taking the path resistance if it isn’t called for…and learning to walk away when my ‘assistance’ isn’t needed. There is a very fine line between needed assistance and perceived assistance.

Off to clean my garage...that's how I'm spending my day!

Update and New Work

Friday, September 10, 2010
I've got a couple different things happening here...

I'm still working on 2-D mixed media. It seems to be going OK...I'm working a bit larger.  These are 12 x 18 inches.  My next projects are going larger, 22 x 30 inches. 

Ya know, this 2-D stuff isn't as easy as a lot of painters and printmakers seem to make it.   For me, I really have to work at it.   Mixing watercolor, inks, and paint can turn to mud very quickly for me if I'm not careful.  Sometimes more isn't always the best path.
Now for the hand upday...I will be having surgery on my right wrist on Oct 12th and then on the left on Oct 26th.  More later on that...right now, I'm just working on keeping my creative juices flowing since I can't do glass.

Have a great weekend!

2010 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship Announced...Hey IN, IL, KY, & OH Artists!!!!!!!

2010 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship Announced!!!

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is now accepting applications for contemporary visual artists that reside in select cities and counties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor advised fund of CICF, will be awarding (5) $20,000 unrestricted awards to contemporary visual artists age 25 and older that work in the following mediums or disciplines: ceramics, installation art (materials used can include glass, video, metal, wood, or textile), new media (computer generated still image or 3-D art), painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture (materials used can include glass, video, metal, wood or textile). Applicants must provide proof of age and residency in the following cities and counties in Indiana: Boone, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Shelby or Tippecanoe County (Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Muncie Metro). Recipients must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky during the duration of the one year fellowship.

For more information, to view an entire list of cities and counties eligible, or to download the guidelines and application materials, please visit the CICF website. Applications are due September 24, 2010.

Good Luck!

Fountain Square Art Council needs your help...

Friday, September 03, 2010

You can vote daily until the end of the when you can, vote often.  It just doesn't have to be this cause but vote for somebody!!!!

Later Gators!

Playing with the Scanner!!!!

Thursday, September 02, 2010
I have finally figured out how to photograph my 2-D work...a scanner.  I have been working all day on photography...then Bob says, why don't you use the scanner.  I kinda wish he would of said that early this morning.  Oh well....

These are mixed media..watercolor, pigments, paint, and washes with a bit of ink tossed in.  They also have been sealed...then framed in a clipped glass frame.  I have tried matting them and they look funny.  There's just too much color and visual drama happening to add much else.

Ok...that's really it for today...I'm off to the studio to get ready for First Friday.

Later Gators!

Yep, still not lampworking...but I'm still working on Mixed Media

Small Works Untilted, originally uploaded by Moon Stumpp.

I'm still working on 2-D mixed hands are still not glass ready. I am in the process of being scheduled for bilateral carpel tunnel release. My doc will, underscope, do some snipping on the right wrist...then in 10-14 days, do the other wrist. Then in a couple weeks after that, I should be good to go back to glass.

Until then, I'm working on other mediums.

BTW, the pic is from my Small Works series. This one is 4 inches by 10 inches that will be framed in a glass clip frame. I know that these types aren't the tradition that everyone normally sees but after much trial and error, these are the only frame that seems to look right.

Later Gators!

Color Studies-Mixed Media-Fish

Friday, August 20, 2010

I've been playing with mixed media again....printmaking, watercolor...with Speedball inks. The three mini pieces with be framed and should be hung as a grouping.

Anyway...I've got an appointment with the hand surgeon next week so maybe I can go back to melting glass soon!

Later Gators!

What this Lampworker does when she can't melt glass...mixed media/block printmaking

Saturday, August 14, 2010
I'm still in the process of figuring out what is wrong with my hands so...I'm now working on mixed media.  Mostly watercolor washes, block carving, more paint, and ink.   It starts with some Arches 140lb paper that I next do washes on...the below is a sample in reds.

Then I carve a block...since my hands are in a bit of a uncomfortable status, I'm using more rubber like Soft Kut instead of wood.

The below is a lousy pic of a 4 x 6 piece that is still in the drying phase but you get the idea.  Actually this is the first block printmaking that I've ever done so be kind.  I think the more I do...the better I will get. This is a trial run for me but I really like printmaking!!!!

Now I want to finish up the is only half carved but I will work on that this evening.
Later Gators...I'm off to clean up some ink!

Where I've been...mixed media postcards

Friday, August 06, 2010
Why I’ve not been around…

As you can tell by my lack of posts and new bead sets, a few things are happening in my life right now. Mostly it’s my hands. After mucho doctors visits, lab tests, x-rays, and even an EMG. It’s been a series of ‘what it not is’ to narrow it down to bilateral carpal tunnel. After a cortisone injection and wearing splints at night, I’m in the waiting game. I’m still having issues on the torch…sure I can make beads but not at the quality I was two months ago. So I’m taking a break and working on 2-D Mixed Media for a bit.

Now be's been a while since I've painted.  Right now I'm stuck on watercolor and ink that has been mixed with acrylic. 

The process starts with Arches 140lb watercolor paper...then inks and waterpaints are applied as a wash…the sealed. Then the creative process kicks in with more inks and paint. Then I seal them again in a matte. These aren’t framed yet so the actual final look will be a bit different under glass.

Since I’m a beadmaker at heart…I plan to work small and work with color.  Yep, the below is still a bit raw and unrefined but give me time...I think that I will come up with something...if not, it's keeping me busy while the docs finger out if I'm surgery bound or not.

These are small...about 4x6 inches.  The whole idea is for this type of work to be displayed in groupings. 

Anyway, that's my story...more updates later.

Later Gators!

First Friday-Open Studio Tour in July

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Our guest artist....Steve Keller will be showing Summer 2010

First Friday, July 2, 6 - 10 pm and Saturday, July 3, 1 – 5 pm

Steven Keller’s fine art work is featured in a two-day show on First Friday, July 2, 6 – 10 pm, and Saturday, July 3, 1 - 5 pm at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. Steven is an accomplished artist painting subjects ranging from photo realistic renditions to geometric abstraction to the frivolous and fanciful. Steve has exhibited his work at many of the art fairs in central Indiana, including Broad Ripple Art Fair and Penrod Art Fair. And, Steve’s work is in the collections of many Indianapolis art collectors.

Stop in and say 'hello'!

New Lampwork Beads...second drive by

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here's lots of lampwork eye candy for  ya...I've been hard at work at the torch.  With the heat, I think I will be slowing down at the's just too hot.  I will be up loading these beady babies in the next couple of days on Etsy. 

Later Gators!

New Lampwork by

More to come...I've been busy!