Designing Again!

I’m having a blast. I’m working with 5 girls from Maryhurst teaching them the technique of etching on brass.
Stamped Brassstamp and drawn brass design stamp design
The 3 images above are of what the girls did last Tuesday, these are a combination of freehand and stamped designs.
For those of you unfamiliar with Maryhurst, it is a home/school for girls. They asked me if I would like to do a project with the girls. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. I love children and the energy and raw uninhibited, creativity they exhibit. The first day was fun. We worked yesterday on embellishing the brass with their hand drawn and stamped designs.
Now I’m putting the discs in etching solution. TAD-AH!
This is what they look like now that they have been etched and cleaned. The girls and I cleaned a slew of them Thursday and this is the desired result.
Brass Etched More Etching Etched discs
We get together one more time on April the 4th to work on finishing up our project. And what project is this? Time will tell. Stay tuned to see a knock out design.
The work will be displayed in 2 venues. KMAC and the Journey for Hope Luncheon.Both are fund raisers.  The second venue is the 23rd annual Journey for Hope Luncheon presented by Brown – Forman. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
They asked me to be the alumni of the year. Thus my contribution. I’ll post more images as it evolves.



  • Conjugate Lateral Eye Movements, CLEMS is very interesting. If your dominant gaze is to the left you are a creative right brain person. If your gaze is predominantly to the right, you are a more analytical left brain individual. What are you if you stare straight ahead? Hmmmm.
  • When the pupils dilate while looking at something appealing that is an involuntary response of the autonomous nervous system. The wider the pupils the greater the attraction and excitement.
  • Pupillometrics is the study of the size of the pupil and its connection to emotions.

…until you see the whites of their eyes

I am currently doing a painting of the eye. Hopefully it will become part of an ongoing series. Whenever I start a work I do extensive research on the subject. I at times utilize text in my work to further etch in my mind the various facts that I have attained. Testing myself as it were by writing and rewriting what information I have conciously retained – I paint what I know.  The image at the top of the page is a work in progress. It will contain a video that will reveal itself in the pupil of the eye intermittently. The video can be viewed by clicking the following link.

The bodies of all living things never cease to amaze me.  I was doing research on the sclera. I learned that horses and some lizards can have black sclera. You all may have known that. I though never put a name to that part of their eye. So the sclera, or white of the eye in humans and most other mammals is not always white.

The sclera is clearly visible in humans which helps others to determine the direction of gaze.