High glitz

I haven't had much time for the studio until today, Sunday, and I got in early before everyone else, basked in the sunshine pouring terribly, beautifully, through my skylight, and played with a few things....

 A sort of sketch with origami papers, saltwater and gouache.

A sort of sketch with origami papers, saltwater and gouache.

 Crystalline little coastlines.

Crystalline little coastlines.

 I added some crystals and tried to re-imagine the scale. What if these were a distant range of mountaintops?

I added some crystals and tried to re-imagine the scale. What if these were a distant range of mountaintops?

 Gold and silver foiled origami paper. See how the salt crystals only clung to the un-foiled white paper? That was unexpected.

Gold and silver foiled origami paper. See how the salt crystals only clung to the un-foiled white paper? That was unexpected.

I've also unabashedly been having great fun playing with sequins. I source mine from Cartwright's and I have kept about a hundred or so varieties and colors for about three years without knowing exactly what to do with them. I like that they add 3D and volume in miniature doses. I love the glitter, the iridescence and the plastickiness.

 Transparent colorless mini-sequins.

Transparent colorless mini-sequins.

 Using a light adhesive to create clusters solid enough for a salt pour.

Using a light adhesive to create clusters solid enough for a salt pour.

 Novelty sequins can be so humorous and pretty at the same time. I like the slight milkiness of the wet gum cement here.

Novelty sequins can be so humorous and pretty at the same time. I like the slight milkiness of the wet gum cement here.

 Like lilypads crowded onto a pond.

Like lilypads crowded onto a pond.

This month, we're also going to begin shooting these sketchbooks I worked on all through 2013. The first three volumes have 50 images each, while the contents of the final book are more nebulous––this is when my paintings started getting larger more regularly, more three-dimensional, and more difficult to contain in a book.

Compiling these black books into a digital book format will be an ongoing project.

 My second-most favorite pair of Dansko clogs...

My second-most favorite pair of Dansko clogs...

Lastly, these lovely little air-plant arrangements have appeared, quietly, along the walkway by my studio. Who has put these here? I love them so very much!

 Aerophytes in geometric arrangements!

Aerophytes in geometric arrangements!