Pulled Pork And Polymer Clay

Earlier in the week, my husband decided to try his hand at smoking a five pound pork butt. He loves barbecue and would like to tour the south and go on what he calls, “A Q Tour.” So he fired up the Traeger at 7:30 AM, and began cooking a North Carolina Style pulled pork.

Pulled Pork and Polymer ClayWhile he was tending to the smoked pork butt, I explored adding texture and applying acrylic and Lumiere metallic paint to the surface of various polymer clay sheets.

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Letting the paint dry, I built a stack for a Mokume Gane block.  Seeking inspiration from Ellen Marshall’s, Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes, my intention was to combine different textured sheets into a “finely decorated clay sheet reforming it, or adding pieces of it to pieces from other sheets.”

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I decided to share the elements and incorporate them into other pieces.

Paint and Texture #2_1At the end of the day, I experienced a savory bite of pulled pork with spicy coleslaw, while looking at the beautiful adornments I’ve added to my collection.  It was a good day!

What Do Edward Ruscha and Freeway Lady Have In Common?

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“The Freeway Lady,” originally installed 1974. The new version is being installed now at LA Valley College’s Student Services Building, 5800 Fulton Ave., in Valley Glen 91401 (Photo credit: Gil Ortiz)


Los Angeles muralist, and co-founder of mural conservancy, Kent Twitchell.

(Article written by Spike Dolomite, dated May 1, 2015 for NoHoArtsDistrict.com.

Kent Twitchell, the muralist who has been painting larger than life portraits on buildings throughout Los Angeles since the early 70s, is currently recreating his “Freeway Lady” on the Student Services Building at LA Valley College.

Originally painted in 1974 on the side of the Prince Hotel in Echo Park (22’ x 30’), it has been destroyed twice.

The first time was in 1986 when it was painted over by a billboard company. In 1992 he won a major legal victory for legal protection for murals when he was awarded damages for the destruction of the mural. After it was restored, it was tagged in 2000.

The LAVC Public Art Committee selected the repainting of the “Freeway Lady” in 2010, the first project to be commissioned on campus. Students are assisting Twitchell and a documentary of the installation is being filmed by the college.

“Freeway Lady” is a tribute to Kent Twitchell’s grandmother.

His model was character actress Lillian Bronson, who reminded Twitchell of his grandmother.

Twitchell has been painting murals since the late 60s and has painted over 100 murals across the country to date. His work can be found on walls, in art textbooks, magazines, newspapers and film. Some of his work is in permanent collections in several art museums.

He’s a co-founder of the Mural Conservancy in Los Angeles, which is very active right now, restoring murals throughout the city.

In 2008 he settled a lawsuit against the US Government and 12 other defendants for painting over one of his other murals, a 70’ tall landmark mural of Los Angeles pop artist, Edward Ruscha. The $1.1 million settlement is the largest settlement under the Federal Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) or the California Art Preservation Act (CAPA). VARA and CAPA forbid desecration, alteration, or destruction of certain public works of art without prior notice to the artist to allow for removal (90 days), winning the case that when it comes to public art, you have to respect the artist’s rights or incur liability.

One of Twitchell’s murals painted in 1991 can be seen now in Los Angeles – the “LA Harbor Freeway Overture” (portraits of members of the LA Chamber Orchestra) on the wall of the Citicorp Plaza parking structure facing the Harbor Freeway (110) at 8th Street. His “LA Marathon” mural, painted in the late 80’s will become an LA ArtShare billboard soon.

Mokume Gane Inlay

My self-directed studies of surface design on polymer clay has opened up an array of options.  I’ve always wanted to apply oil/acrylic on canvas, but realize I lack an innate talent for drawing.  With polymer clay as a canvas, investigating the use of different mixed-media techniques satisfies my desire to paint.

Blog post, On The Grid, dated July 7, discusses applying texture and paint to the surface of a Mokume Gane enhanced  sheet of black clay.

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I looked at the piece for a week trying to decide what to do with it.

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Early Bird Catches A Beautiful Sunrise

Early Morning Riser

Yesterday, I started my day with a beautiful sunrise.  I’m usually not an early riser, but lately I’ve realized the importance of solitude.  Time to myself for myself.

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Pictured above is the result of an early morning Mokume Gane technique co-mingled with alcohol ink and foil.   I’ve started experimenting with jewelry bezels and resin with polymer clay.

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The piece grouped with the bezels is a practice piece. I dropped blue alcohol ink on variegated foil placed between two sheets of white translucent clay.  After the piece was processed, I added sliced elements from a Mokume Gane block and processed again.

Nowadays, it’s all about practice and experimentation.

Sweater Curse

Those of us who knit, know about the “sweater curse” when knitting a sweater (or scarf) for a boyfriend.  Today, I read an article from the New Yorker written by Alison Lurie, dated August 28, 2013,  reviewing Knitting Yarns:  Writers on Knitting, editor Ann Hood, which mentions the same can happen to a relationship between two women.

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Wow! who knew the “sweater curse” is not gender/relationship specific.  This phenomenon  is interesting on so many different levels.

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Transferred Images

The past couple of days, I’ve been re-sizing my own photos to use for image transfers on polymer clay.  By using my own images, I’m not concerned with copyright infringement, though I did discover a website with wonderful Victorian black and white images.

My first three attempts at using transfer artist paper was a bust…I went out online looking for any comments regarding the product, and did not find much.  I wasn’t going to give up! I followed the given directions, with a few alterations.  Voila!

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I am so happy with the image transfer.  A wonderful memory of Budapest.