Today’s Works

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Playing with Music







It’s hot outside and it’s hot in my studio, so it goes when you’re working with molten wax.  I embarrassed my husband by making him go with me to a house in our neighborhood who was discarding a shell of a piano.  When I went by and saw it standing there waiting for the trash man, I immediately thought that I needed some of the keys.  I tried to remove them by myself but alas I needed a man’s help.  Enter my embarrassed dear husband.  Picture the shell of this poor piece of trash, no strings, no back, no pedals only the shell with most of the black and white keys still intact.  My husbands first response was that who ever discarded this would be mad that I was taking off the keys…..REALLY????  All I knew was that I had to make something with these keys and thus the piece called Music.  My only regret is that I didn’t take all the keys as I have had so many ideas as to what to do with them since I started.  I did go back that same day once I knew how to get them off but the trash man had already taken it to its new home.

“Proud” was made over Memorial Day as my tribute to our service men and woman of which my husband is a retired Airforce Veteran.  I wanted it to look tattered and torn but strong as are our military personnel returning from war.

I write this blog as I am waiting patiently for my various vessels filled with beautiful wax to melt so I can begin my latest envision.  Stay tuned.


About kboat

I’m a native of La Porte, Indiana. When I was growing up we didn’t have much money, so I made my gifts for others with materials I found out and around. I loved it. And I have to say I was pretty good at it. People always liked what I gave them. I went to work for 26 years as an employee of a major asphalt paving company. I began as a secretary and eventually made my way to office manager. Needless to say I mostly only dreamed about my art - filling my mind with many ideas. Although the company did take advantage of my skills once in a while. For example, I created in-house materials for an open house. I loved “keeping my hand in” whenever an opportunity presented itself. Then I retired. And ... funny thing ... all those pent-up ideas I used to dream about began to roll out. I joined ATC (Artists Trading Cards) on line, I took classes and tutorials and learned about the processes of creating art. Today, I pursue these learning opportunities to open myself to new ideas and techniques. I also love opportunities to assist in classes for special populations. I find I learn a lot from those who have no preconceptions about what they should be doing. I’m eager to learn new things. Mostly I don’t have any idea what I set out to make. I simply let the ideas find me. The result is a wide variety of media and expression triggered by my experiences in every-day life. I hope you enjoy my work. View all posts by kboat

3 responses to “Today’s Works

  • Laura Carson

    HI, I’ve been trying to get a hold of you as you won one of my altered coasters in the Meet the Alpha Stamps Design Team. Please contact me (there is an email me button on my blog) so I can get your address and mail your prize to you. Thanks Laura

  • Aimeslee

    Wonderful art, Karen! Glad to have heard from you blog-wise. I need to get a post going on mine, lol. Too hot! xoxo

    • kboat

      Thank you. It’s nice to know someone reads it. While we in Indiana have not had the constant heat as you have I agree its very hot. Good thing my studio is in the basement where its pretty cool. Good to hear from you too

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