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At the end of January we got a teasing glimpse of spring…61 degrees, lots of rain and mud.  I’d forgotten about the mud of spring as I surveyed my dog’s blackened paws leaving prints all over the floor.  Being in the midst of a drought makes mud a rarity.  I was reminded how God sometimes uses unpleasant things, like storms and the ensuing mud, to bring life back to the land and flowers into our life.

Crocus©2013 Karen A Johnson

©2013 Karen A Johnson

I have been busy playing with flower forms getting ready to teach my class at the Morton Arboretum.  If you’re in the area, come join in and have fun with polymer clay!  Here’s the official description and link.

Botanical Sculpture in Polymer Clay

Thursday, Feb. 21 and 28, 9:30am-12:30pm

Botany Lab, Research Bldg

Do you long for the flowers of spring? We will study the structure of flowers, then using polymer clay we will create a sculpture of a flower to display or wear. Polymer clay can be heat set at home using your oven, it is non-toxic. Students will heat set the sculpture at home.

No experience is necessary and working with 3D is a great way to improve your ability to see form if you’re a 2D artist.

Enjoy this touch of spring!