Stay-at-Home Mom Wins Art Prize

If you haven’t seen the winners of this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids, please go check it out! This year’s first place winner is a mother and art teacher, Adonna Khare. She drew an exquisite, surreal mural of elephants and jungle creatures with nothing but pencils, an eraser, and a sock. The work is just incredible; it transports you to another place!

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Q & A Fridays: Installing Heavy Sculptures

How on earth are you going to get that two-and-a-half ton marble sculpture into the church? Reprinted from October 25, 2006. Very carefully, my friends! First, you call on your pals at Canal Street Studios. How many people does it take to move a two-ton sculpture of the Blessed Virgin out of the studio, into…

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My Sweet Spot

I had a model out to the studio today for the first time in what feels like forever. It was, and usually is, challenging to position him in just the right way so that his figure had balance, tension, and was not too uncomfortable for. Once we identified the perfect pose, I moved the armature…

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Q & A Fridays: Commissions

What is a commissioned sculpture and how does the process work?¬† People are most familiar with art that hangs in galleries. The artists creates the work, brings it to the gallery, the gallery promotes it, and the art is sold in the gallery. The gallery takes a percentage of the sale and the rest is…

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Vocations: Mother & Artist, Learning to be Both

Mother When my daughter arrived here from India in 2009, I was elated beyond measure. I felt powerful, woman, incredible. I was so in love, so captivated, so full of light. Then I spiraled into a deep, black place.¬†Postpartum¬†depression is not just something biological mothers face. On my way down, I saw all the ways…

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The Holdup

The thing standing between me and my saw: I’ve had the saw so long that the old battery just doesn’t work any more. I sent the hubs to Home Depot to pick up a Lithium Ion Battery last week. Then I realized that I also needed a Lithium Ion charger to go with it. The…

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