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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Studio Peekery Sneakery

My studio smells like Jesus, a leathery, cedary, balsamish Jesus.  It's spirituality by virtue of air quality.

I may or may not have purchased a jasmine today and whisked it into the house while BC was distracted with the puppy-face.  But honestly, if more plants indoors equals better feng shui, then is there really any reason to put a cap on the number of green growing things in a studio space?  I think not...

If you know where I torn this image from then 1) you probably also have fabulous taste and 2) know that when I die I hope my bedroom in heaven looks exactly like this one.
I've been swinging a hammer.
There's a new medium to explore and it's name is leather, supple, malleable, lusciously paintable leather. This piece, the very first in what I hope to be a long line, is not quite done but I'm so beside myself with excitement that I had to show you.  It's the type of obsessive excitement where other todo's drop off the face of the earth in favor of following the muse.  It's the type [disclaimer: OTHER ARTISTS.  DO NOT THROW ME UNDER THE BUS.  I KNOW YOU DO THIS TOO] of excitement where you squirm in your chair because you need to pee but just...  need...  to...  work for ten more seconds.  Which inevitable turns into 20 minutes. 
I'll show you as soon as it's done, which will be sooner than later as I can barely tear myself away.  It's a doozy this one.

That said, I'm popping on a mixed CD and hustling back to work.  Hope your evening is filled with pomegranate liquor and vegan cornbread, as mine surely is!
Sayonara minxes and minxettes!


Sunny Rising Leather said...

O to the m to the geeeee, lady - I am floored :)

since our conversation I have gotten a fever and have been stalking my blogger thingee from the comfort of a down blanket with two cat stewards attending me.

Mission accomplished :) better than could have ever dreamed to see your work in leather!!

reconstructing sarah said...

oh. my.

i'm in love with your new that awkward?



Lenetté aka The Shitzizle said...

beautiful and awesome!

Clare said...

oh goodness that leather work looks gorgeous! I've been meaning to take up the leather tools the boyfriend put down several years ago. This might just push me over the edge to give it a try.

MrsLittleJeans said...

thank you for the lovely sneakery...I could not agree more about the numbers of indoor plants; however, today I have none because gingery ollie likes to dig them out and pee on them....I think he learned that when he was roaming a free kitten in the woods of Santa Cruz...

soft leather smell...


UmberDove said...

Sunny - oh Lady... well if it's any consolation, there is a package in the mail to whisk the fever away!

Sarah - Not awkward at all. I think leather and I will have a very open relationship.

Lenetté - Thanks lady!

Clare - DO IT!!!! RIGHT NOW!!

MLJ - Ollie sounds like a secret agent with a mission to search out and destroy... nice cover kitty boy, looking all sweet and fluff-filled.

Iscah Mara said...

mix business with leather!

resolute twig said...

there are very few things that I love more then getting to peek inside an artists studio :)

and the new work looks wonderful, cant wait to see it all finished!!

Cat said...

That's it... I need plants in my studio. Hopefully that side of the house gets enough light.

Loving your leather, I completely understand the pull to work, inspite of the call of nature.

you're amazing!

Kathleen said...

Leather is the perfect medium for you with your talent for drawing and painting. I cannot wait to see what developes for you with your new found love!

Kathleen xx

Nancy*McKay said...

LORD have mercy...

we've truly been blessed with your gifted soul!


Kim said...

Gorgeous leather work, Ms. Dove! Can't wait to see it finished...

There must be something in the air. Just took a road trip to Tandy Leather today and helped boost the economy. :) Been joyfully hammering away all evening.

mary said...

oooo grrrrrrl, you are about to blow the roof off your talent! woo! LOVE the new leather work, you are simply, complexly AMAZING. xo

UmberDove said...

Iscah - You two, with your sly little references!

Kim - YES! DO IT!

Ladies - THANK YOU! I can't wait for my last little item to arrive via the post so I can actually wear it!

thewindhover said...

Oh me oh my! You are a tease! I love the hints an small glances at your handiwork x

Lynn said...

oh the beginning of THAT cuff! yes and more yes, def. bring on that delicious sounding pomegranate liquor for another cheer well done. okay and coolest of the cool to the Jesus smell sentiment. my girlfriend would love the way you described it (as i do), i'll have to read this to her asap. ♥

Devon said...

1. This comment is severely delayed.
2. I cut that same picture out.
3. It made me think instantly of you.