Crazy Idea, one not so crazy

Have not published much in awhile. That nothing new. But here is something new. Not sure if writing falls into the Art category or not, but it is creative.

Ok, so I am always day dreaming about something. Have ever since I was a kid. When I was a kid I walked around most everwhere I went, or biked, but a lot of walking. I daydreamed a lot and a favorite thing was to walk and daydream about all kinds of fantasies. Some times even talked to myself about them. OK, one might think, or at least I thought it would have stopped as I grew up. Nope.

I at least dont to talk to myself about these fantasies, as much 🙂 I dont walk around so much any more, well I guess not at all. Which I should and get some exercise. But anyways. So when I go to bed at night, and at other odd times when ever I can keep my head clear off other things. Which is hard as the other things and the daydreams get all jumbled up making it hard to keep my fantasy story straight. Plus my memory sucks, which makes it hard to keep up with where I was at in my story. It’s in my head, you think that would not be an issue.

So I got to thinking, why is it I always got this stuff, ideas, making up these stories in my head. Could be I am not happy with my life the way it is, I am just a daydreamer. Or maybe I should just do something with it. Like write a book. Wright A Book? Yea right, me write a book. Well, I guess there are crazier things. Maybe I could get lucky and be the next JK Rowling, a Rags to Riches story. Well, I dont know about that, I just thought I could take all these crazy crap running around in my head all the time and make some sense of it, maybe organize it some, maybe just write it down to amuse myself with in the future.

I have no idea how to go about writing a book. I have no previous back ground in writing. Not to mention how to get my words out of my head in a reasonably understandable form. So, regardless if I ever get to write a book, or whether or not I write something that could get close to resembling one. I have started. I did some research and stumbled across some info about writing novels or short stories and such.

Sorry, since this is public, I can’t give details. Dont want someone stealing my stuff 🙂 I have document started with sections for Outline, Plot(just a heading for it, ha), Back story (what happened before leading up to when my Protagonist comes in, again just the heading for it, although I have Some Idea), Character Template, some info on character, not the protagonist, but major supporting character. Isnt that funny. I would think my first character would be the one the story is about. But alas, I havent made up my mind on some details about him yet:) And then I have some major details about some of the important things in the story, what it’s all about, or I should say some rules/guidelines. I have about 6 pages in Word now. Thats not the story yet, just some assorted details as mentioned above.

By the way, Its going to be a fantasy novel, well book, or something or another. Dont know if I should call it a novel. Ha, will probably be years down the road before it would get published. Maybe even published posthumously by one of my kids 🙂 they will get rich off of it.

Ok, enough of that, the 2nd idea. Not so crazy, but would probably be a good one for me. I was on walk about today, headed for lunch when I stumbled across a little art shop in the little square as its called in our little town of Camdenton. I went in and visited with the proprietor looked around and talking to him, I asked if he was a member of or knew of any art groups in the area. Seems there is one right in a our little town called Ozark Brush and Palette club. I got some details, last months news letter. And with the info he (Bill) gave, and what I gleamed from the news letter, it might just be worth checking out. Next meeting just happens to be tomorrow night at 7.

I am thinking this a good idea for me, to help keep me motivated and pursuing art. I just get down in the dumps and cant find interest in anything. Well, not sure that is correct. I am interested. But cant get motivated, get tired, have no energy, something. They do some cool stuff from time to time, that, and maybe joining in with folks with like interest will help get me excited, motivated about it. If my lack of confidence does not get in the way. Guess that is a problem. Sometimes, well I guess a lot, I look at what I am doing and think, that’s Ok, but not very good. Or look back on what I have done and think the same thing.

Hey, I was just noticing in the editor I have done 900 words. Cool, according to a site I was reading on writing a novel, that a goal to shoot for is 2000 words a day 🙂


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Blue Gecko

OK, this shows just how terrible I have been with my art. I started this Blue Gecko, prisma color water color pencils dry, 8.5×10 card stock back in 2012. It was almost done and it sat on my easel all this time until I finished recenlty. Ive really got to get my act together. Pretty there is a post on this as WIP back in 2012 somwhere 🙂

Blue Gechko

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Clay Owlet

Clay Owlet

2.5″x2.5″ Clay Owlet made with Amaco Mexican Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay.

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Firing up the smoke firing can

ok, it has been a way to long since I have done this. In my last post I added some photos of some ceramic pieces I had done. Since then my kids had done some also. We have had a nasty winter so I was waiting on some nice weather to fire up the smoke kiln, trash bin. Today was the day and I took some pics to show you.

following is the kiln with fuel, pet bedding purchased at

I filled the can have full with the wood shavings. And then added the pieces.




then I topped can off with shavings and added kindling to start a decent fire. My darling 4 year daughter Ladybug helped collect the kindling.


after the kindling gets a good start and there is some coals, and I have topped the can off with shavings, I put the lid on tight. Notice the holes in the lid and bottom edge, this allows to drawing of air. There is some smoke coming out of the holes all though it does not show in this pic. It will soon enough.

this is what my Ladybug enjoyed doing after helping with the kindling

and 45 mins later it is getting on with it nicely. It will fire for 15-20 hours. Hope to pull pieces out in the morning.

and 6 hrs later at 7 pm, it is burning hot.



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New tool and a few simple pieces

I got a new tool to add to my mud working arsenal. A five pound marble rolling pin. I would like to have a slab roller, but seeing how that doesn’t fit into my budget…

this baby will do however. It is five pounds of clay smashing fun that turns a pound ball of clay into a quarter inch slap in a jiffy! And being several hundred dollers cheaper than a slab roller…

 following are a few pieces I was messing around with. They will be molds and pattern stamps.

slump mold made from a sea shell


hump mold made from a sea shell ceramic piece I snuck from our bathroom . My wife’s. Shhhhh, don’t tell her. Its all clean and back in its place on the counter!

stamp or hump mold from a napkin holder I nabbed out of the kitchen drawer!

these are from dough cutters, the two left, again from the kitchen drawer. The little one? I forgot how I made the darn thing!

pattern stamps made from a piece of coral

and the tealight luminary assembled.

not sure when I will get the big-O-kiln of mine fired up, aka 30 gallon galvinized garbage can. I will have to get a large garbage bag of saw dust for the smoke firing.

I checked today with a local manufacture of cedar boxes about getting saw dust from them. They said I could, although winter time is not the best time because they use it for heat. But I was certainly welcome to check and see if they had any to spare. I am thinking of trying a few things for Christmas presents. But alas not sure if I can by Christmas.


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Oh My Gosh! I finally started some more art, pottery.

If has been a long long time since i have done any art work, With the depression and anxiety and all, I just have not been able to get there.

but yesterday that changed. A couple of days ago I got caught up in looking at u tube videos from potters and the urge to play with some clay got ahold on me.

so yesterday I dug out the clay and tools, knocked off the dust and stareted a that I was not sure what it was going to be.

it involved using a two piece container that some fruit came in. I had kept a couple of the containers because I wanted to try using them as molds.

so yesterday I stareted and made the bottom half. This morning I started the top piece. I was not sure still what I wanted to do with it. The top has a hole in it, so I was debating molding the top with out the hole, and putting a handle on top and it could be Little trinket box.

but then I remebered a potters  video where the Potter was making a candle vase, and viola, I knew what it was going to be. I little tealight/votive candle luminary. And this is the result thus far, pictured, waiting for the two pieces to dry.

I am going to sawdust fire it in my trash can I bought for the purpose. When I have some more pieces. I may look into using this one as a hump mold, as the plastic containers are kind of flimsy.

I have been in a bit of a quandary, to role out clay I have been using a piece of half inch dowel. It gets the job done, but is a chore. I have been looking online for slab rollers, but they are regretfully not in my budget. I got to looking into what could find in a rolling pin, and I was thinking a stone one would be good, nice and heavy and all.

well I was beginning to think those were pricey as well. Not as expensive as a slab roller, but more than I had expected. And then I stumbled across a marble roller that with shiping would only be 25$. So I anxiously await its arrival!

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Tealight/Votive Candle holder. Left bottom, right top

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The extra mile, the road less traveled

When going the extra mile, in one thing you can be certain, you will find it the road less traveled. saDaniel

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No Art Work for Awhile, again

I have not posted again for sometime, and likewise I have not been doing much artwork. That is depressing to me, and well a vicious cycle. Because depression is why I have not done much artwork. I have the desire to do something, but when I set down, if I  do set down to do something, well there is nothing. No motivation, no inspiration, and I can’t find the energy. But I have done a few things. And isn’t it funny that I choose 4 and 5 o’clock in the morning to be online and posting. Well, I woke up and could not go back to sleep, often a problem.

I discovered Derwent Intense pencils awhile back and ordered some. Following is “Tumble” my 1st attempt to do anything with them. I just started messing around with them with no real intent or plan. 9×12 on watercolor paper



I have not done anything further with the Inktense pencils thus far, so the verdict is still out on them. They’re pretty kewl however. They give the look of ink, kind of like that of Asian brush and ink. You can use them dry. They are water soluble so you can use water with them in various ways.





Lil Hoot

Lil Hoot

Next is Lil Hoot, and is Prisma Color water color pencils. Its dry, I have not done anything with them in water as of yet.  4×4 on sketch.




I started Lil Hoot and finished up in a day or two. Then immediately after that started Blue Gecho below , slightly larger on Bristol Vellum. That was a couple of weeks ago. Blue Gecko is still setting there unfinished as of yet. The completed piece will be coming, sometime in the future 🙂 

Blue Gecko WIP Nov 2012

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Sunface WIP, watering the water colored

I actually finished a week or so ago putting down the water color pencil then started on it with brush and water that you can see in the face here.


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So here is my Sunface the watercolor pencil being laid down


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