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Buckman School Sale this weekend … be there or … well, you know!

Please join us at Buckman Art Show and Sale this weekend!!

Find event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/703040169726601/
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Plucky Maidens August 8 in Troutdale

Join Lola’s Girls on Thursday Aug. 8, 2013 at McMenamins Edgefield at 2126 SW Halsey St. in Troutdale, Ore. for the Plucky Maidens Junk Fest!

Dawn Brunelle will feature many of her new,

adorable handmade birds as well as many new, painted windows and vintage furniture. 

Don’t miss it!

Baby chairs

I just finished unpainting these toddler chairs and I was so surprised one had at one time been painted yellow and the other hot pink! I love having happy surprises like this…

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Little birds

I generally consider myself a watercolor artist. However after taking classes at Art & Soul Art Retreats over the years and online from such lovely women as Kelly Rae Roberts, Misty Mawn, & DJ Pettit, I have turned much more to mixed-media.

About a year ago I decided, out of the blue, to create paper clay birds. I started with good, old balloons and paper mache – just like in grade school and recently used the same materials for my son when he created the planet mars for science class.
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I found that I needed to create a mold of several birds and consulted my brother Greg who is a sculptor living in Boston.
UPS brought me molding products & I set off to find a recipe of my own for paper clay. Egg cartons seemed to be the easiest to dissolve and I mixed up my 1st batch that included powered ceramic clay.
These paper clay birds dried in the sun & then later on the heat vent (Oregon rain … you know)
I tried various recycled paper including maps & bits of pattern pieces but ended up with vintage sheet music collaged over each bird.
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I painted each bird using gesso & acrylic (not my favorite). Next step? Wings … which I created using vintage fabric, lace, ribbons, vintage buttons & jewelry. Each bird came to life as an individual creation with it’s own personality. I even had a parrot but my preference is chickadees, & sparrows so the parrot sits in a pile in my studio.

Here are pic’s of my newest little birdies-

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