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The Peculiar Palette
Fresno, CA
Musings of a mixed media and ceramic artist, who is usually covered in pet fur.
Interests: ceramics, dogs, cats, animals, mixed media, painting, sewing, home decor, furniture refinishing, polymer clay, pottery, jewelry making, arts and crafts
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Have I mentioned how much I love animals? Have I mentioned how much I love making art? If you've read any other of my blog posts, these things are probably very apparent to you. It's no surprise, then, that one of my favorite artistic things to do is paint animal portraits (on ceramic plates, of course)! The first one is a tribute to my BFFF (best feline friend forever) Poopie, who is no longer with us but will always live on in my heart. The rest are plates I've made for others who have either lost pets of their own,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Peculiar Palette
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Hi All! I am so excited to announce my next webinar with I Fired Arts called Monoprinting using a Gelli Plate. Learn how to make monoprints on ceramics using an innovative printmaking tool called a Gelli Plate and miscellaneous tools found around the house. You'll be amazed at all the different effects you can get and how they will transform your bisque pieces into unique works of art! The webinar airs live on August 20th at 5 pm PST, but can be watched afterwards as well. I hope to see you there! You can register by clicking here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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See this chubby boy (well you can't tell by his eye, but trust me. He's pretty plump and we're currently on a weight loss plan together. But I digress...)? Well he has the opportunity to win a year's supply of his favorite food through Diamond Naturals! But we need your help. Could you please take a few seconds to visit the link below and vote for his photo? We would be so eternally grateful, especially since my new starving artist's salary is getting stretched pretty thin these days (I'm not whining, just stating a fact). It would be a big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Last week I had the opportunity to bring the dogs to Cambria, CA, where they got to experience running around on the sand and in the ocean. Technically, dogs aren't allowed off leash in Cambria due to the high probability of them running into an elephant seal basking on the beach, but at this time of year they are nowhere to be found. Plus we were the only ones around at the time so I let them have some fun. Peabrain and Dora had been to the beach when they were younger, but this was George's first time. He went... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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About a month ago, I was strolling along the beer fridge at Target and noticed one of the coolest things I've ever seen. A beer called Lucky Buddha, which came in a six pack of Buddha shaped bottles. I had to have them! Of course, the first thing that came to mind is that I was going to keep the bottles and make something out of them. Imagine my excitement when a few weeks later, I saw that the Lucky Buddha Beer people were holding a contest to see who could make the best craft project out of their bottles!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
It's no secret that Instagram is all the rage these days in social media. I have been told by a very wise and all-knowing social media guru that it's even bigger than Facebook (what?!?). I like Instagram and I use it to post pictures of my pets and my artwork, but I'll admit I'm not very good at looking at and liking other people's photos. The reason being is that I can't stand doing it on my phone, and if you're an avid Instagrammer, that's pretty much your only option. Or so I thought.... The same wise and all-knowing social... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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One of the benefits of working from home is the fact that I can take a siesta without anyone firing me. And believe me, I have been taking advantage of it every single day. The problem is that my siestas don't last a few minutes, they last a few hours. This would probably be fine if it was every once in awhile, but the fact that it's happening every day is really starting to get on my nerves. But I'm powerless when my eyelids start feeling like lead and all I can think about is snuggling up with my super... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Recently, a friend of mine asked if I could paint a bunch of flower pots she had that were plain terra cotta and worn out. She wanted to brighten up her back yard...and she came to the right place! There's nothing I love more than bringing things back to life by making them as bright and colorful as possible, and I had just the right paints to make that happen. I used Duncan Bisq-Stains, which are very opaque acrylic paints that are specially formulated to use on porous surfaces like ceramics and flower pots. I had so much fun painting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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You may not know this but I am a critter junkie. OK, well maybe that's not a big surprise. It's pretty obvious how much I love dogs and cats, but I have huge admiration and respect for just about every member of the animal kingdom (with the exception of flies. I really hate flies). I can't think of any better way to spend a day than to go exploring into the wilderness to look for life in its natural habitat. When I lived in NJ, I would go to lakes and rivers and flip over every rock I could get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Feb 22, 2014
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If you have been following my blog or my Facebook page, you know that I'm on a journey of sorts. I'm not sure what to call it exactly...I think it's a combination of several things. Part of it is spiritual and I am realizing more and more every day how beneficial (at least to me) it is to practice things like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and Buddhist teachings. That's not to say I am going to end up becoming a Buddhist monk anytime in the near future, but these ways of thinking really help me to put everyday frustrations and disappointments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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I'm generally not a big fan of Valentine's Day. Even when I'm not single it has always felt fake and forced. And when I am single, it's hard not to want to vomit while watching all the lovey dovey couples showering each other with gifts and affection. But this year in light of my 52 Weeks of More Love project, I am going to celebrate! First, I dressed myself in red and wore my handmade ceramic heart pendant I made out of yet another chopstick holder. Then I posted a Valentines sentiment on Facebook (Bah Humbug) that led to me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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I have been slacking off on my Zentangle inspired art lately, not to mention that I haven't opened my art journal in months! I usually take it with me when I travel for work, but I haven't been doing much traveling lately. So...in order to prevent any additional dust from accumulating on my journal or on my tangling skills, I decided to combine the two for my 4th project in my 52 Weeks of More Love series.... I love working in my art journal because it's portable and since I mainly use fine tipped markers like Copics and Staedtler pens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Lately I've had this fascination with painting these little chopstick holders (bisque pieces from Duncan® ceramics). They are the right size to use as pendants, which is what I was originally going to do with this batch I made for my 3rd project in my 52 Weeks of More Love series. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wanted to turn them into something that would keep them all together. I came up with an idea that combined 5 of the six... I painted another piece of Duncan® bisque with the same technique, got out my drill... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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I have always loved the look of Zentangles. For years I have been creating my own 'tangles' and incorporating them into my art, but it wasn't until recently that I learned I wasn't really 'officially' tangling. Since then I have bought lots of books and have been practicing not only the official tangle patterns, but ones created by Suzanne McNeil, author of many Zentangle instruction books. I have to admit, it is VERY addicting! I'm not a big fan of only drawing tangles on the little square pieces of paper they are supposed to be drawn on, so I like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Although my 52 Weeks of Art Plate project only required me to make 52 plates, I just couldn't stop there. So may I present to you...Plate 53! I find it interesting when I read about people wanting to take a break from Facebook. I can understand why they might want to do it, but I don't think I ever will. Almost everything that I have that is good in my life is because of Facebook....my job, where I live, opportunities I have been offered, and some of the best friends I have ever had. I guess it just depends on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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After a too-long haitus, my Etsy shop (thepeculiarpalette) is back up and running! Many people have asked me in the last year if I am going to be selling any of my plates online, so I just posted some to my shop. These are heart shaped, just in time for Valentines day! I hope you like them! There's other stuff listed there too :) Do you get this one? Mouth the words 'olive juice' to someone you love. They will think you are saying 'I love you'. Same goes for 'elephant shoes'. :) This one is anti-Valentine's Day. Who hasn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Now that January is almost over, my 2014 calendars have just arrived! There was a mishap with my delivery so they needed to be reprinted and reshipped. But that's all water under the bridge because they are here now and I am going to give one away! As you may have noticed, I have been a busy bee making lots of stuff to stock up my new and improved Etsy shop. I have also started my new 52 Weeks of More Love project, and am looking forward to teaching my ceramic plalte painting class at the prestigious Art Unraveled mixed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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My mother and I were completely different when it came to just about everything. She was a clean freak, was prim and proper, always well groomed and 'done up', and loved anything pastel with flowers. Me? Not so much. So when I inherited this heart mirror that used to hang in our bathroom, the first thing I did was envision what changes I could make to it that would make me want to hang it in my own house. I decided to take out my Duncan® acrylic Bisq-Stains® , my Gelli Plate and stencils, and a white paint marker and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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One of my new year's resolutions is to love more. A male friend of mine asked me what that means, exactly, and assumed it meant that I'd sign up for an internet dating site and start going out with lots of guys. I just rolled my eyes and shook my head...men can be so clueless sometimes! But I digress. What I mean by this resolution is that I am going to put more love into the universe. This doesn't only include giving love to others (although that's a big part of it), but it also includes loving myself more. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Woot woot! I was asked by iLoveToCreate to design a ceramics project for Valentine's Day and write a post about it for the iLTC blog. Of course I said I would be honored to! I chose to make projects for my very favorite Valentines....my pets! Click here to read my post! Related articles Belated Christmas Wreath Breathe, Take Care of Yourself, and Make Art. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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Well....I did it! I made 52 plates in 2013! Here's what the last one is all about..... During the last week of 2013 I thought a lot about what I was going to do in 2014. My resolution this year was to do at least one thing a day that was good for my mind, body or spirit. I think I did pretty well, if I do say so myself. I'm sure there were days that I didn't do my one thing, and my promise to blog about what I did everyday on my other blog, The Untitled Journey, certainly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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This post is more morbid than most. I just wanted to warn you before you started reading... December has been a difficult month for me lately. It seems like horrible things have been happening in December for the last couple of years. Among other things, my dad died in 2010 and my best cat friend Poopie died in 2012. I used to love the holiday season and now I kind of dread it. I wanted this year to be different though. I made the decision to take back December. I had an ornament decorating party with friends, I put up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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My Dad, may he rest in peace, never quite understood me. Most of the qualities I possess that he would get mad at me for (my immense love for animals, my hoarding and mess making tendencies, and my overspending on hobby supplies) all came directly from him although he would never admit it. The thing he struggled with the most about me though was the fact that I was always very independent never strived towards getting married and starting a family. I came along 14 years after the rest of my siblings and ended up being very different from them.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette
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I was recently looking back on my previous plates and was surprised that more of them weren't about my pets. Anyone who knows me knows that my life pretty much revolves around them. I can never stay out too long because I have to go home and let the dogs out. I have to hire a professional pet sitter to stay at my house when I travel. I spend a large chunk of my annual salary on pet food, vet visits, and replacing items that were chewed up or puked on. But that's okay! I've never felt bad about spending... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at The Peculiar Palette