Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

CHINESE PAPER CUT ANGELS


Abandoned Sled watercolor





      This painting was entered in a show at Glenora Music and Art Festival, where I won First Prize in Watercolor!.  Then I was in the Hammondsport, NY Art Show, by Keuka Lake, and actually won BEST IN SHOW!  I was so amazed and happy to receive such recognition!

     I was inspired to paint this when I remembered sledding down the hill in the winter with my brother and sister. We had an old-fashioned sled like this one which could be steered with the bar across the front. It was fun sliding down the hill and then climbing up to slide down again. I think this kind of sled was wonderful!  I hope you feel nostalgic when you look at it.

Friday, December 1, 2017

ACRYLIC PAINTING: "SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS"



When we visited Slovakia in September, 2008, we saw snow in the Tatra Mountains. One time it even snowed in the Tatras on the Fourth of July. The altitude is very high so the weather is very changeable. Poland has a lake called "Morske Oko" which is very beautiful. We had to climb and climb up the hill to get to the lake. They don't allow tourists to drive up into the mountains. There are many beautiful lakes and mountains in this wonderful world of ours. We must keep it clean and pristine.

CUT CHRISTMAS TREES OUT OF PAPER

WYCINANKA: "CHRISTMAS TREES"

ACRYLIC PAINTING ICON

Theotokos Mother and Child

TEA BAG FOLDING Christmas Ornaments




RECTANGLE AND TRIANGLE CHRISTMAS CARDS


When I use to do paper cutting lessons with children in elementary school, I would use give them shapes like the triangle or rectangle to have them use their imagination and make them into Santa Claus or Christmas Tree designs, using cut paper.  They came up with some very interesting "many faces of Santa Claus," and the Christmas trees had some very unique symmetrical objects cut out on the branches within the tree shape.  The paper was always folded in half in order to teach the children symmetrical design.

BLOWN EGGS MADE WITH BEESWAX AND DYE

Pysanky Eggs with Christmas Designs 2013


PAPER CUTTING OF THE THREE KINGS AND CAMEL



POLISH PAPER CUT...Fragment from "Polish Nativity Scene"

PAPER CUTTING OF NATIVITY SCENE, BIRTH OF JESUS IN BETHLEHEM

"Polish Nativity Scene" Wycinanka

  Painting inspired by Currier and Ives...

I have always been fascinated by Currier and Ives paintings.  This is my 
impression of one of those paintings.


Icon...."THE NATIVITY"

ACRYLIC PAINTING: Meandering Stream in the Winter Woods



This painting looks so much like the Finger Lakes Region where I grew up. It shows the snow on the ground and a creek that hasn't frozen over completely. It feels very cold but peaceful. I love the shadows that are emphasized in the white snow.

POLISH PAPER CUT..."CIRCLE OF ANGELS"

I cut white paper into a circle.  I then folded it in half, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths.  The paper was quite thick at this point.  (This is similar to folding snowflakes.)  I drew with pencil on the triangular section and made half of an angel.  Then I stapled it together, to keep it from sliding around.  I cut out all the negative spaces in and around the angel.  Carefully opening up the folded circle, I saw all my angels along with little birds and Christmas tree shapes, along with the Star of Bethlehem in the middle.  I hadn't planned it that way but was surprised to see the details after it was unfolded.  I glued it onto red shiny paper.

SNOWFLAKES CUT OUT by Felicia

Snowflakes cut out by Felicia


SYMMETRICAL CUT-OUT CHRISTMAS TREE

Wycinanka Christmas Tree by Felicia

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Paper Cut made for WSKG Public Television. "FOLK ARTISTS OF THE SOUTHERN TIER"

New Wycinanka Polish Paper Cut

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Celebrating Halloween with carving plastic pumpkins

Jack-o-Lanterns Carved with Hot Knife


Friday, September 22, 2017

Polish, Chinese, German Papercuttings, and Reverse Glass Painting





I created these pieces to donate to a benefit for my brother Joe's medical bills.  He has tongue cancer.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PISANKI AND WOODBURNED CROSSES


I decided to decorate wooden crosses with similar designs as pisanki eggs.  I drew on the bare wood with pencil first and then proceeded to burn the lines into the crosses using a woodburning tool.  It has different types of points that become heated to a very high temperature and actually burn the lines in the wood.  I colored one of the cross designs with permanent marker and then varnished the crosses to make them permanent.

PISANKA EGG DECORATING




Pisanki are made with melted beeswax that is applied to an egg shell (which has been blown out with a special egg blower).  Thefirst lines on the egg will be the color of the shell, which is then placed in the yellow dye and dried carefully.  The next lines and shapes will be yellow, if you cover the yellow design with melted wax.  Putting the egg shell in orange gives you a new color to work with in wax.  Green may be added before the orange dye.  The final color will be brown, blue, dark green, purple, or black.  Finishing the process includes cleaning off the burned wax by carefully melting it in a candle flame and wiping with a tissue.  A high gloss polyurethane makes the design permanent.  These pisanki are very fragile and must be handled with care.


Felicia's Pisanki

PISANKI ON A POLISH CRYSTAL PLATE