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Shawna N.M. Barnes

shawna.n.m.barnes

I sculpt animals. #sculptor #animalsculpture #disabledartist #womansculptor #maineartist #veteranartist #teachingartist

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Look at these teeny tiny itty bitty apples!! Sculpting smaller is definitely NOT easier. 😊  I'm really excited about the wormy apple. That is going to be the exclusive charm for my membership community for those in the "charmed" tier. The regular apples will be part of August's "back to school" theme Etsy shop update. . . [Image - a set of 2 small apples sculpted out of polymer clay the size of a finger nail. 1 is a basic red apple while the other has a smiling worm coming out of it] . . #backtoschool #apple #worminanapple #appleworm #redapple #applecharm #giftsforteachers #etsyseller #etsy #polymerclaycharms #sculpey #polymerclayexpress #memberexclusive #charmbox #maineartist #mainecreative #spoonieartist #disabledartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
Working on new charms for August's shop update. Getting ready for school with books and rulers 😊 I will also have finished earrings and keychains available. . . [Image - variety of small polymer clay charms including red books and tan rulers] . . #backtoschool #polymerclay #sculpey #premosculpey #polymerclaycharms #notebookcharms #rulercharm #giftsforteachers #giftsforstudents #beyondtheclay #etsyseller #maineartist #mainecreative #beyondtheclay
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Picaso . . #motivationalquotes #quotestoliveby #quotesforartists #quotesthatmakeyouthink #inspirationexistsbutithastofindyouworking #picassoquote #beyondtheclay
My Rosie the Riveter inspired gnome has evolved into something I'm calling a Trollagaze . More of a troll variety (the big nose says troll more than gnome to me), the curiosity of a Trollagazers gets the better of them.  They can be seen peering over the edge of your potted plants, fences, fairy gate, etc. Or they can stand on their own so it looks like they've wrapped themselves up in their Cape. Introducing Rosie Trollagaze 😊  I think all pieces created in this series will be individually sculpted - no molds or resin casts of these guys. . . [Image - collage of 5 photos showing various angles of a small troll like polymer clay sculpture] . . #trollagaze #rosietrollagaze #trollart #polymerclayart #polymerclay #sculpey #premosculpey #sculptinginclay #gardendecor #gardenguardian #gardenart #houseplantbling #fairytalecreatures #fairygarden #trollgarden #rosietheriveter #maineartist #mainecreative #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #veteranartist #disabledartist #rareartist #spoonieartist #selftaughtartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
At the suggestion of a friend of mine, I played around with creating my own style of garden gnome... this one is inspired by Rosie the Riveter 😊 I like it! A little bit of a departure from my animals... but it was fun to just create something from my head. What do you think? . . [Image - small polymer clay sculpture of a gnome. Feet, nose and eyes are all that's showing under an oversized blue cone shaped hat] . . #gardenguardian #gardengnome #gnome #fairytalecreatures #polymerclayart #gnomesofinstagram  #rosietheriveter #gardendecor #sculptinginclay #sculpey #premosculpey #maineartist #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #veteranartist #disabledartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
Using my reusable @composimold_reusable_molds to make a mold of this little squirrel tonight. So easy to use and reuse. This is my 2nd mold with the product - my first one didnt work out. Beginners trial and error. 😊  Looking forward to making the first resin test cast later tonight. . . [Image - an amber liquid being poured into a round plastic container with a small sculpture of a squirrel inside] . . #composimold #composimoldoriginal #nontoxic #moldmaking #mainebusiness #shopsmall  #shoplocal #maineartist #mainecreative #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #squirrel #reusablemolds #spoonieartist #disabledartist #teachingartist
More pictures coming soon... but having my #artednowswag box to open up when I got home from the hospital yesterday was JUST what I needed. I can't wait to attend the virtual @theartofed conference next week. Geared for #artteachers in a school setting, I am looking forward to learning as much as I can and applying it to my work as a teaching artist and arts accessibility educator. . . [Image - a notebook and flyer featuring the Art of Education logo and information about the summer 2019 conference] . . #artofed #artofeducation #artednow #artteacher #artednow2019 #teachingartist #artsaccessibilityeducator #disabledartist #disabledmaineartist #maineartist #artofedsummerconference2019 #professionaldevelopmentforteachers #professionaldevelopment
Working on a special project for a fellow woman business owner... sculpting smaller than I usually do so it's taking me a little longer to finish it than I'd like.  And it's my first go at sculpting a squirrel. AND I am working much more slowly because of my current myasthenia gravis exacerbation/flare . BUT...I'm still in the studio creating. It's the only thing keeping me sane. . . [Image- a work  in progress clay sculpture of a cartoon style squirrel] . . #sculptinginclay #animalartist #art #smallart #animalswithpersonality #workinprogress #animalcreatives #polymerclay #sculpey #squirrel #forestanimals #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #maineartist #spoonieartist #disabledartist #mgwarrior #artistwithmg #womenwhocreate #womanbusinessowner  #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity,  and change." - Brenè Brown . . #motivationalquotes #inspirationalquotes #quotesforartists #quotesthatmakeyouthink #creativityquotes #brenebrownquotes  #beyondtheclay
There's a saying in the MG (myasthenia gravis) community that we're all a bunch of lab rats... this is because there's no one treatment that works for all of us.  It's very individualized.  Yesterday,  after a week of being housebound... usually in bed or on the couch... I started messing around with my meds and found a dosage and schedule that has me actually functioning.  Granted I am taking meds every 2.5 hrs... but I'm functioning! Caden stayed home from work today so he could help, and I wore my terribly-ill-fitting-not-really-functional cooling vest i got from the VA. And I was able to make it through my art class at the Travis Mills Foundation today. Slightly droopy face and will need a nap.. but it was the moral boost I needed. And it was a BIG class! This is my heart's work. ❀ . . [Image - collage featuring adults and children painting ceramic ornaments] . . #travismillsfoundation2019 #tmfretreatartclass #tmfretreat2019 #travismillsfoundation #veteranartist #vetshelpingvets #adaptivearts #artistwithaservicedog #artsinhealth #creativityinhealth #maineartist #spoonieartist #disabledartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes #mgwarrior #myastheniagravis #nottodaymg
I haven't been able to get down to the studio for over a week.  So instead I've been working on things I can do from the bed or the couch... I started journaling again... i am developing weekly art accessibility tips that will be launching soon...and I'm getting caught up on admin projects.  I taught myself how to make a fillable/reusable template in @adobe photoshop, and started using it to create a tutorial for my owl charms. 😊 . . [Image - image of a computer screen showing a work in progress in a program called Adobe Photoshop] . . #adobephotoshopcc #adobephotoshop #selftaughtartist #digitaldesign #polymerclaytutorial #polymerclayart  #maineartist #mainecreative #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #veteranartist #spoonieartist #workingfromthecouch #disabledartist #mgwarrior #mgflare #myastheniagravissucks #mgsucks #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
I'll tell ya what... These last few weeks between the rain we got last week and the heat this week... my myasthenia gravis has not been playing nice! My goal has been to get my monthly Etsy shop updates live between the 1st and 5th of the month. I've got 2 hours left of the 5th day of July... but I made it!!! These polymer clay charms AS WELL AS some steampunk dragonfly sculptures are now live and available in my Etsy shop! . . [Image - collage showing 9 different polymer clay charms; a horse head, paintbrushes, cartoon style owl, a brain, cupcake, crayon box, heart, bow, and a medallion that says honor and courage] . . #polymerclay #sculpey #etsy #etsyseller #etsyshopupdate #polymerclaycharms #owlcharm #horsecharm #heartcharm #cupcakecharm #paintbrush #crayonbox #bowcharm #brain #spoonieartist #selftaughtartist #disabledartist #rareartist #mainecreative  #artistsofmaine #maineartist #veteranartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
Getting fancy with hand painted details on next month's polymer clay charms. . . [Image - polymer clay charms featuring horse busts and a round medallion with a star in the center that says "honor courage"] . . #polymerclay #sculpey #goldenpaints  #handpainted #cowboy #horsecharm #cowgirlstyle #honorandcourage #courageandhonor  #veteranartist #etsyseller #westernart #horses #maineartist #mainecreative #spoonieartist #disabledartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes
Working on the little charms for July's shop update. July's birthstone is the ruby, so lotsa red will be hitting the shop next week! Including a new charm style - a skein of yarn!! . . [Image - an assortment of polymer clay charms including a skein of yarn, a cupcake, bows, and hearts; all red] . . #yarn #yarncharm #stitchmarker #polymerclay #cupcakes #redbows #redhearts #julybirthday #rubybirthstone #strawberrycupcake #claycharm #etsyseller #etsyshopupdate #etsyshop #maineartist #spoonieartist #disabledartist #artistshawnabarnes #beyondtheclay #red #sculpey
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best" - Duke Ellington . . #dukeellington #dukeellingtonquote #aproblemisachanceforyoutodoyourbest #motivationalquotes #quotestoliveby #quotesforartists #quotesthatmakeyouthink #inspirationalquotes
Getting perks ready to mail out for folks in my membership community ❀❀❀ want to get in on the action? Send me a message and I'll be happy to tell you all about it! . . [Image - group of resin animal figurines] . . #membersonly #beyondtheclaycommunity #membershipsite #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes #resinartist #maineartist #spoonieartist #disabledartist #supportthearts #mainecreative #artistsofmaine #resinhummingbird #hummingbirdart #glitterandresin
Sunday is growth day in the studio.  Today, my apprentice learned how to make the ornaments I use in my classes at the Travis Mills Foundation.  After an hour of work, we do an hour of play where we work on the skills SHE wants to learn. She sketched out a character and wanted to learn how to sculpt it. When we're done, we are going to make a mold of it and then resin casts. . . [Image - collage of pictures showing a  teenage girl working with clay in a variety of different ways - using a slab roller, a rolling pin, and her hands to sculpt a figure] . . #studiopractice #studioapprentice #basementstudio #basementartstudio #whereicreate #wherewomencreate #artstudio #breakingbarriers #artsaccessibility #clay #learningtosculpt #teachingartist #maineartist #mainecreative #artistsofmaine #artistsofinstagram #spoonieartist #disabledartist #beyondtheclay #artistshawnabarnes #artistshawnanmbarnes #sundayisgrowthday

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