I’m in love with this Blue Elephant Nursery Wall Art by Betsy Murray. I’ve recently begun to make a connection with Betsy via the internet. She is an active member of the artistic community, helping artists promote one another. This is how I seem to make friends these days. Not only do I adore Betsy’s personality, but I am crazy about her use of bold color and simplified form. I asked Betsy If she would introduce herself to my readers. She agreed!
Guest Post by Betsy Murray:
Blue Elephant Nursery Wall Art by Betsy Murray
I have been working as an artist since 2005. Then I took a hiatus of 5 years after my daughter and later son were born. I have been a busy stay at home mom who loves art and creating original things. I love original art simply because it means there is only one…there are no duplicates or prints, it is simply one-of-a-kind!
The making of elephants came to me about a year ago at the suggestion of my sister who had just had a baby… nursery decor was on the top of her mind at the time. I thought it was a great idea because with their trunks up, elephants represent good luck.
Plaster has been a meduim I have used since my 3-D art class at SUNY College at Brockport. I had been on vacation in New Mexico a few weeks before class began and plaster was a common material used in the art and architecture there. It stuck with me throughtout the duration of that class and since then have used it regularly.
In keeping with original art, I make my own mold for each piece of plaster wall art I create. Therefore no two of my pieces are exactly the same! I use modeling clay to shape a mold, then mix dry pottery plaster (in powder form) with water. Once I’ve mixed it to the consistency of pancake mix, I pour it into my mold and add a wire hook to the plaster before it dries. After the plaster sets, I take it out of the mold and let it air-dry for about 2 weeks! Then I sand using various grit sandpaper and wearing a stylish respirator mask to avoid inhalation of the plaster dust. Once that’s done I paint!! I only paint my elephants and other plaster art one color to keep the focus on the shape I have created.
Some people say I should use a Silicone mold when I make my plaster art so I could make a lot of pieces at once… I could do this, but to me, shaping the clay to make a mold allows me to create each piece as it’s own, each with it’s own identity. It allows me to create something that is one-of-a-kind!
To see and purchase my art, take a look at my etsy shop, Sunshine On Water…. http://www.etsy.com/shop/SunshineOnWater?ref=pr_shop_more
You can also find my plaster wall art and my sterling silver jewelry on:
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