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Archive for April, 2013

Mrs. Hilsendegen

We pick up our story from the previous post by introducing you to Mrs. Nora Hilsendegen, wife of Deputy Roy Hilsendegen, patiently waiting and praying for her brave husband. Neighbors come running with the news that Roy has been shot in a gun battle. Her heart sinks, but she has faith. She lifts the hem of her skirt and runs to the doctor’s house and to her husband’s side. It is only a shoulder wound, the bullet exited through the back. He is a little weak from lost blood, but with a little cleaning and stitching he will be just fine. They are renewed in their resolve to cherish every moment together.

Ahhh…yes…it’s a sappy story. I never said I was a writer. I just make things. :-)

Wearing History

On one of my treasure hunting forays, I stopped at a shop that had attracted my attention for a couple of years, but I was always in such a hurry when I passed it. This day, I had time to spare so I gave into my curiosity and pulled in. At first, I perused the whole shop and didn’t really find anything promising. Then the owner asked me what I was looking for. I replied that I wanted small, rusty, aged things that most people would overlook. He showed me a tray of objects and said that he had found them over the years while he was metal detecting. Bingo! I dug through the objects for about half an hour and randomly asked him about the more interesting finds. One of them was this curious piece of metal with a name and a date. He said that he had found it in a creek next to a cave where a gun battle had taken place between some criminals who were hiding out in the cave and the sheriff and his deputies. He assumed that this had belonged to one of them.

I had kept this piece in my studio for about a year, wondering what to do with it. A couple of weeks ago I had bought a couple of very vintage jewel tintypes. One was a woman (you will see her in the next post) and one was a man. I was pondering how to use the man’s image. While lying in bed a couple of nights ago, it came to me! He was the deputy who lost his badge in the gun battle. The story was completing itself. Add a couple of bullets, a key for handcuffs, and a tiny gun and the story comes together.

So…meet Deputy Hilsendegen, wounded in the line of duty, but not mortally. The criminals were brought to justice and he was taken home, (after being patched up by the town doctor) to his loving wife…hmmm…the other photo in the next post.

To be continued…

 

Creativity Infusion

 

Ahhh….so much fun crammed into one day! What can I say…the Art-is-You conference was a blast! I took a jewelry class with Richard Salley called Alchemy and Elements. He made everything SO easy and clear. I came away with several pieces in various stages of completion and a renewed excitement and an anticipation of many creative hours in my studio.

Let us pause for a kitty interruption. As I was taking these photos Tilly wanted to get into the act. She kept rubbing on my camera and making it difficult to get a good shot. After giving into her attention craving, I got back to business.

If you ever get a chance to take a class from Richard (assisted by his talented wife Jane, an artist in her own right) you will be glad that you did. The people that you meet in these classes are instant friends with kindred spirits and your creativity will be filled to the brim.

More to come about the conference in future posts.

 

Twice The Fun

Come on out to Wall Candy and join the fun!

Art-Is-You

Guess where I get to go this week! I’m so excited!

Art-Is-You!