Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Egg and Calendar Items!

Banksy Blue Elephant Egg

Hello all...

It's a busy busy day today with lots of different items on my to-do list, not least of which is the Friday Egg! First, I will mention a few business items. To the left on this page, you will find two listings to put on your calendar. The first is for my annual charity sale/demo at Sweet Charity Gifts in the 26 Doors Shopping Center on 38 1/2 Street in Austin. This sale is the week before Easter, on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Half of all proceeds go to the Seton Fund, which provides charity care at Seton Hospital. The second even is on the Saturday before Easter at Artworks Gallery on 6th Street on Gallery Row in Austin from 12 noon to 4 p.m. I hope you can come out to one or both of these demonstrations to say hello and check out how I create this art (and I wouldn't mind it if someone bought something too!). I am also offering a workshop on March 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For $40 (plus $20 for a take-home kit if you want), I am offering a Pysanka Basics class. I will walk you through marking an egg with basic divisions and then waxing and dyeing through at least three dye baths. You should go home with at least one finished egg, and possibly more depending on how fast you are.

And now, on to the Friday Egg - Banksy Blue Elephants!  This is a goose egg with an elephant train (okay, two elephants) going around in a circle. I am on the fence about it, but will withhold judgement until I get some varnish on it. Sometimes that helps.  I think my main problem with it is that the blue of the elephants is too dark compared to the background.  I just kept thinking about the artist Banksy and his blue elephant when I was doing this, so I just had to have that blue.  Were I to do it again, and I probably will, I would make the background yellow or even white so that they stand out more.  My favorite part is the striped tusks.

Pysanka Blue Elephants

Blue Ukrainian Egg

Ulrainian Easter Egg

If it is nice out on Sunday, we will be going to the kite festival! Hope your weekend is a good one!