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NOLA Hot And Getting Hotter

Do you see that?  That is right.  
It is 98 outside with 52% humidity!  Which makes it a whopping heat index of 102 degrees!  
I must of been out of my mind when I decided to take a bus to downtown this afternoon?  Lucky for me I got picked up because I missed the bus.  Oooops!!!

Anyway I went to see my Stepies in action at the Contemporary Arts Center here in NOLA.  I went because Stepie #1 told me he had something for me to see.  In his words "It's badass and I need to show it to you!".  Hahahaha!!!
He called it 'Zombeh'.
I LOVE it!

You see, I do not stay in the studio 24/7.  In fact it is kind of hard to with life happening all around you.  How else am I going to get inspiration?

This past week I had to remake a ring because I made it a size 9.5 when it should of been a 9!  Gotta hate when that happens.  
I am really diggin' these anticlastic rings.  What kind of rings are your favs?

I am also putting together some etching kits to get out to my friends.  I want to thank my friend and fellow metalsmith, Susan for showing me the way.  You ROCK!
And check this out...
This is a painting by NOLA's very own Patricia Low of Coq Rouge Gallery.
This is the new series of her Voodoo Dolls and this one is MINE!!!  Muwahahahaha!!!
This painting contains all sorts of symbols.  
Patricia told me the "X's" are wishes and when they come true you circle it.  Nice!
If you want your very own Voodoo Doll painting you know where to go.

What a nice afternoon it has been.  
Cannot wait for the evening with my Hobo and a Po-boy!

Vivendo La Doce Vita.
(Living the sweet life!)
Yes indeed.

Have a great weekend all!!!


Namaste
Kalaya

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  1. I love your recent work and I think it's great that you're continuing to spread the word about the way that we etch! I've had some delays with trying out the electroforming but that will be next. I can't wait 'til we can get together to do that, too. :)

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    1. Gracias Libellula! Electroforming will be fun and I can't wait to see the new work.

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