Posted by: mettle.art | August 25, 2014

Hey…you, Summer. Thanks for your time.

Hi there.  Thanks so much for checking in!

Summer vacation is coming to a close.  Ugh.  I feel so spoiled being on this school schedule, but dang!  Can I just have like two more weeks? I start kicking it into full gear this time every year, a desperate attempt to cross stuff of the lofty list I drew up on the first day of summer vacation.  But, it’s 1 in the afternoon here in Seattle and I’m taking a break from putting lines through words on paper and I’m toasting summer with an early in the day Bitburger beer.  Won’t get too many chances like this starting next week, I have to make most.  

So, thank you summer, for blessing me with time.  Time to reconnect with old (like haven’t seen in 20 years, old) friends, the time to nurture new relationships, and the time to laze about in coffee shops and have urban adventures with my bosom peeps. Thanks for the time to enjoy weekday 8am yoga classes that are almost totally empty (Hell. Yes.). The time to watch the series True Blood in its entirety (totally not ashamed). The time to focus my energies on quitting old, bad habits and beginning new, healthy ones (I high five myself).  The time to feel the hot, hot, humid heat of Illinois (um, loathe) and the time to feel the swell of a thunderstorm (only one, lame!).  The time to be with my family, time for cracking up and reminiscing and celebrating with my family.  Time to take an afternoon nap with Tues, my 18 year old cat every now and then.  Lastly, and certainly not the most important, but the reason why this blog exists I guess, the time to paint.  

Well, here you’ll find pictures (and links) of the tangible things my summer of time has provided.  Thanks again for indulging me by reading the laundry list above and looking at the biz below.  

This is how I work.  Always.

This is how I work. Always.

Tues.  Keeping it warm until I get back to work.

Tues. Keeping it warm until I get back to work.

New things!  If you’re interested, click the link under the image for the Etsy listing.  

This is an older one, price reduced…

Just finished this one but Michelle already scooped it up!  

Uni!

Uni!

Uni!

Uni

Some recent happy customers.  Thanks guys!

Michelle!

Michelle!

Laura!

Laura!

Laura did it two times!

Laura did it two times!

Yay! Compliments of her husband, Andy.

Yay! Kristen! Compliments of her dandy husband, Andy.

I’m always working on things, when time provides.  Check back at your leisure. Thanks again for looking and have a good one. 

Soon things.

Soon things.

 

 

 

Posted by: mettle.art | July 5, 2014

tiny adventures. and painting. and a dog.

Hey there.  Summer is upon us! School’s out! For me, this means late night coffee, the occasional way-before-five cocktail, walking my errands instead of driving them, forgetting what day of the week it is, the discovery of True Blood, tiny adventures and lots of time for painting.   Highlighting the last two here: Tiny adventures.  This morning I was fortunate enough to take a skiff from Guemes Island to  Jack Island  (click on the link for more info). Just a quick trip, coffee in hand, wearing a super-cool PFD and a borrowed down jacket.  Placid water, salty air, quiet.  Heaven times.  I’ve spent this day dreaming and scheming ways to get myself a little boat.  Just a skiff, nothing fancy.  I am way too damn happy floating on calm water, dipping into little places that your feet and your car can’t get you to alone, to not be in charge of my own small vessel.  Here are a few shots from my morn:

I’ve been painting lots.  Here are a few pictures of the pieces that are ready to go, but I’ve got several more in the works.  Detailed photos (of the pieces below) can be found on my Etsy site – click the link below each picture if you’re interested in seeing more.

tiny teal treasure holder https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

tiny teal treasure holder
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

twilight treasure holder https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

twilight treasure holder
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

calm goes in, crazy goes out https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

calm goes in, crazy goes out
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at this blog.  Here’s to a playful summer, from me and Jack the Dog.

Jack the Dog & I wish you playful summer times.

Jack the Dog

Posted by: mettle.art | June 27, 2014

Lavon’s pre-carved commission…

Hello.  This is the second commission for my friend Lavon.  I regret that I didn’t take a before picture of the little, carved wooden box she brought to me a few months ago.  Here’s the after, held by the ever lovely, Lavon.

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Here’s a little detail:

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Thanks again.  More to come, and happy summertimes.

Posted by: mettle.art | June 18, 2014

Special p-patch delivery.

Met my friend Nicole at her p-patch garden.  I brought her the little bowl she picked out for her dad and I left with a bag of sugar snap peas.  Nice.  Thanks, Nicole!

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Many more things coming soon.  Thanks for taking a look!

Posted by: mettle.art | June 16, 2014

Arrival!

Here’s my lovely cousin, Ruth, holding the platter I shipped to her mom, Donna, in Illinois last week. Yay! So happy to keep this piece in the fam.

Posted by: mettle.art | December 10, 2013

New bowls up on Etsy!

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Thanks for taking a look!  Here’s a link to my Etsy site, if you’re interested: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

Posted by: mettle.art | December 8, 2013

Recent Purchasers – Hearty thanks!

Jackie & Jeff at the Fremont Market

Jackie & Jeff at the Fremont Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely stranger at the Fremont Market

Lovely stranger at the Fremont Market

Julie at the University Unitarian craft show

Julie at the University Unitarian craft show

Posted by: mettle.art | December 7, 2013

Fremont Sunday Market

Michelle Bloom and I will be bundled, drinking coffee especial, giggling and selling our wares at the Fremont Sunday Market tomorrow.  You will find us in the parking garage in the northeast corner of the market from 10-5.  I know the Seahawks are playing – but not until 1pm.  So maybe pop on over before.  I’ve been working hard and I’d love to hand these new bowls over.  Tues would especially love it, she really wants her table back.  I will also have magnets and ornaments.  Michelle is a gifted artist and she’ll be selling paintings and cards.  On hand we will also have delicious, all-natural soaps made by Colby Batts and lovely cards made by stellar ninja photographer, Jennie McClintock Tucker.

Michelle wears many hats (our space at the market is so teeny tiny she’s only able to bring two of those hats) to find out more about her work please visit her at: bloomiverse.com.  To find out more about Jennie’s photography please visit her work at: http://www.facebook.com/jmcphoto3.

Thanks guys.  We really hope to see ye.

Fremont Sunday Market

Tuesday would like it if you visited us.

Posted by: mettle.art | July 15, 2013

Things up on Etsy!

Please visit my Etsy shop if you find a moment.  Have a good one!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MettleArt

 

Posted by: mettle.art | July 11, 2013

Summer Vacation

I have been busy, sitting cross legged on an old chair that’s bound to give way pretty soon.  Late at night, early in the morning, gripping a nail, thinking deep thoughts, not thinking, getting paint all over my dining table, which doubles as my work space.  Here are the fruits of these times.  I hope you like.  I’m in the process of adding everything to my etsy account.  I’ll send a link when I do.  Thanks to my dear friend, Jennie McClintock Tucker for the great photos. 

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Thanks so much for looking.  Happy Summer Times!!!

Jess

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