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Ceramics

It seems that I have been thinking for ages about extending animal drawings to other media. They usually appear on Tshirts for children but somewhere along the way I thought of adding them to clay. Working with clay is simple (as in you only need your hands),soothing and soulful.


When they are out of the kiln and I think they pass muster, I will put them out for sale. Stay tuned.

Abstract reality

This morning I found a moment in my busy seaside holiday schedule (reading writing drawing swimmming walking eating exploring thinking drinking shopping ... so much that needs attending to!) to look closely at the plants edging the front porch, which taken on macro, then cropped, end up like lovely abstract paintings.
Not so long ago I discovered that mixing starch paste with inks and/or pigments makes a lovely unctuous transparent paint which is then applied to a canvas (or even paper) primed with many layers of white acrylic paint (I use ceiling paint for its chalkiness) and sanded until you have a lovely smooth surface. Layered inks applied with thick brushes, the edge of a card, blended, scraped back ... the effect is not dissimilar to the images above.

Seeing things

I realise I run the risk of sounding pretentious but at the moment I am sitting in front of a pool in a garden of frangipani tres, palms, bougainvillea, hibiscus, chirping flittering birds, chattering people ... reflecting on how being out of one's usual ambience opens up the senses to other seemingly insignifiicant things. The crazy paving around the pool ressembles an abstract painting






and a bloom landing unexpectedly on the chaise longue, blown down by the tropical evening breeze, looks exactly like a bird. Tall stories evoking raucous responses waft over from  the other side of the pool. A young boy appears at the pool with goggles and dad in floral boardshorts who dips his toes and smiles.


Open Studio

Three wrapped dolls
Open Studio this Saturday. Time to clear the decks and move things on .... if you are in the area and would like to come, there will be lots of bits and pieces to fossick through: clothing,fabrics, beads, buttons, buckles, books, collages, cards, collected objects from other countries and so on. 

If you would like a personal invitation send me an email .... antheacarboni@gmail.com