Thursday, December 18, 2014

#TBT: Wrapping a Blanket Around the Year

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
It's #ThrowbackThursday at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's a piece by one of our master carvers in a color and style appropriate to the season.

it's been one of those days — down to the escaped horse and the asthma attack subsequent to his retrieval (that's what happens when you're my age and go running full-tilt in the freezing air) — and since I've been under the weather as it is, I'm not going to add anything other than our usual request for much-needed shares (leading, we can hope, to much-needed sales). So here's the link to the post itself, and especially to Wings's main page.

And, yes, the horse is fine.  He's stuffing his face at the trough as I type this, the big ingrate.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Light

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.

Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the latest in our December Wednesday series centered around a winter theme. It also happens to be a day with particular (and particularly poignant) significance. So while today's post features Wings's work, it's also a meditation on and memory of a great man, a man we both loved very much. I think that's all that needs to be said.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turquoise Tuesday: Alteration, Enhancement, Preservation, Treatments

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
It's Turquoise Tuesday again at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's a look at "treatments." In other words, it's a look at how turquoise is handled, processed, preserved, and often turned into something synthetic. We cover what's a legitimate process, what's not, and what's something else entirely: good information to have when shopping for turquoise as a holiday gift.

We're approaching the end of this particular series, with only a couple of editions still to go. In the meantime, shares of this post, and especially of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Gifts: Leather and Wood

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
It's this week's edition of our series on small, modestly priced holiday gifts at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's stocking stuffers!  Or ordinary gifts in their own right. A couple would even make great gag gifts for that dreary office party, provided you can keep them out of the wrong hands.

At any rate, today it's all gifts $50 and under, some half that. Beautiful work, all by members of Wings's family, too, so shares of the post itself, in addition to Wings's main page, are especially welcome. Thanks, everyone. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Willow Ice

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
That's what it looked like 3.5 hours ago. About a half a foot of snow on the ground, melting fast early on, freezing hard overnight. It's going to get very cold tonight.

I know I owe e-mails to a bunch of y'all.  I promise to try to get to as many as possible tomorrow. I still seem to be fighting this bug, and between that and the effects of drastic weather changes on my AI disease, everything takes me longer right now. And, of course, there are all the time pressures of this season for us. Just bear with me.

For now, I'm about ready to pack it in. I've got gallery-related stuff to write before I fall asleep over my laptop. I'll have more posts to be shared starting tomorrow morning, and of course, we hope that makes a few much-needed holiday sales. See you in the morning, after I've set up strong coffee on an IV drip.

Holiday Season Weekend Feature: Poppies In Winter

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved. 
Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the second entry in our second week of our special holiday season weekend feature series, profiling the work of one specific artist over both days of each weekend. This time, it's the pottery of Camille Bernal.

Yesterday, we looked at one of her pieces with historical resonance from multiple artistic traditions. Today, it's a modestly-priced miniature, but one that's perfect for bringing color and warmth and light to such a cold and snowy day.

Shares of the post itself, and especially of Wings's main page, are much needed and welcomed with our thanks. And now, it's time to start shoveling . . . . 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Season Weekend Feature: Native Art Deco

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the start of our second holiday-season weekend series. This weekend, we're featuring some of the work of Wings's niece, Taos Pueblo potter Camille Bernal. 

It's positively subversive, so come and find out how. Shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks. [And for whomever ultimately becomes the steward of today's featured piece: I envy you.]