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Guest Post:Dal Shoesmith

I’m really excited to write this post about a local artist in my hometown! I was really inspired by all of his work, as you’ll see 😉.

This past Sunday my mother and I went to a gathering that we bought tickets for during the heart of art event, back in May. Dal Shoesmith, the artist, showed everyone who attended the ceramic process of Raku.

The Raku party was hosted at the artist and his wife’s charming home. Everywhere you looked you would find art.

From the beautiful gardens.

To the pottery that seemed to blend in with the natural surroundings.

The variety of his work really made me feel better about my own variety of art. That its okay to do something different with your medium of choice ❤.

I think I was also inspired by his connection with nature and how his work flows with the wind, birds and greenery.

I found this piece in his workshop and felt like nature was curious about his art and process as well 😉😊.

Okay after gushing about his museum like home 😊 back to the special event! Raku!

The piece I went home with was the one on the left ❤.

He showed us how he takes a raku piece that’s been in a hot kiln and places it in a trash can filled with combustible materials, like shredded paper. After a while, he takes the piece out and sprays it with water, then dowses it when it cools down a bit.

One cool thing I learned was that during the kiln to trash can process, the longer a piece is exposed to the air it will quickly start to oxidize and turn more green. So its important to move fast unless that is what you want on the pottery.

To learn more about Raku, I found this interesting link.


Just a Bit More

I’d like to end this post with a few more of the other wonderful work that Dal is known for around town, his gnomes.

I just love their faces and attention to detail! 💞 Here’s one last piece that bid us farewell as we left this fun experience…

I am soo grateful that my mother bought tickets for this event. I got so much more out of it than I ever imagined! That and I ran into my awesome 5th grade art teacher again 😊 too!

I look forward to his future showings and for chances to meet other local artists! Till then, see you next week for another guest post about local artist Emma Nightingale. ❤

Simple Beauty Day 37

Working on a project for this fall… Here’s a sneak peak 😉.

Simple Beauty Day 23

Drinking my tea and working on Thursday’s video ❤.

Simple Beauty Day 21

It has been awhile since I’ve made nature hearts, I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best, lol. And in the center is our foster cat that may find his permanent home tomorrow! ❤ I am grateful to have helped out this little lover. I’m very grateful of this day 😊.

Simple Beauty Day 18

The top left was of the original picture. Sometimes you can make nature look more beautiful by bringing out a different essence of it through digital art. Today happened to be one of those days 😉. ❤

Watercolor Wednesdays: Comfortably Scattered


I don’t have any finished watercolors this week, I hit a block so I tried to blast it away with a bunch of different projects at once. Plus, I didn’t feel drawn to last weeks starter works so I created more and added a bit to an older one.

I like how the thread one is turning out, but the one next to it was a challenge. I tried to soak the paper in water to crumple and stain it, but I didn’t realize there was nothing in the house to stain it with, lol. So, I just played with the wet paper and tested how it reacted to the colors and cracks. The bottom left picture started with tea drippings from earlier in the week. I grabbed a few leaves from the ground and painted over them to leave an imprint. The last one was from a yr or so ago, I’ve seen the rabbit in it for awhile. I did a digital rendering of it in “What Would You Be” because at the time I was afraid of ruining it. This time I felt a bit more confident to bring my bunny rabbit forward ^_^. This is it for this week, more to come next week!



I couldn’t wait lol here it is ^_^ .

And here is the full process of my mom’s:

Process of Gifts



Okay so I did more work on the painting last night, I feel the process is coming along nicely! I’ll have another one tomorrow as well :).


My mother is working on the same project for my grandmother so I thought I’d share her process as well ^_^.


One More Christmas Gift

I’ve got one more Christmas gift to finish and now that I’m back home I better get it done :). I’ll post the final piece when the painting is done, stay tuned!